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Knowledge Network: Internationalization in the UK UCL: London’s Global University University College London’s International Strategy By Julia Abbott UCL’s International Strategy aims to bolster international ties and to encourage students, staff and faculty to “think internationally.” University College London (UCL) is a truly global university community. UCL was founded in 1826, as London’s first university, in order to challenge the social exclusivity, religious restrictions and academic constraints of Oxford and Cambridge. UCL was the first English university to admit students of any race, class or religion, and became the first to welcome women on equal terms with men. Today, UCL is London’s research and teaching powerhouse, a multi-faculty university operating across the arts and sciences and engaged with partners around the world. Since its foundation, UCL has always been an international university; many of the staff who taught in the early years were from overseas, choosing to come to an institution with a reputation for freedom of thought and expression. Distinguished international alumni include Ghandi and Tagore and a group of pioneering 19th century Japanese scholars (including Hirobumi Ito, the first Prime Minister of Meiji Japan) who returned home to help found the systems of modern Japan. At present, UCL has 19,500 students who come from 150 countries around the world and 3,800 academic staff from 85 different countries. Setting an Agenda for Change and Development Our vision for UCL’s future draws on its pioneering spirit, international perspective and outstanding record of achievement. In December 2004, we finalized our new International Strategy, to move the university forward as a global institution and to ensure that our students have the skills, attributes and personal qualities to be successful in an increasingly globalized world. UCL already has an outstanding international reputation for excellence in teaching and research; the aim of the International Strategy is to enhance that reputation and promote UCL’s visibility worldwide. Higher education has a responsibility to respond to contemporary global issues, such as climate change, the rise of religious fundamentalism, international terrorism, poverty and international trade; at UCL we intend that our students should engage with these issues. By ensuring there is an international dimension to all aspects of our core business (teaching, learning, research and knowledge transfer), UCL provides a learning environment that expects its students to “think internationally.” Whilst the function of a research-led university such as UCL is to innovate, to increase knowledge and to promote critical thinking and leadership in our students, UCL believes (and states in the International Strategy) that as a global institution it has global responsibilities. The UCL International Strategy is distinguished by the moral and ethical commitment at its heart to contribute throughout the range of its activity to solving problems of global significance. Copyright UCL

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Spring 2006

IIE Networker - Spring 2006
Message from Allan E. Goodman
Up Front: The International Education Diary
The “Global Campus”: Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education
Paths to Global Competence: Preparing American College Students to Meet the World
Globalization and Higher Education: Eight Common Perceptions from University Leaders
The International Branch Campus
Investing in Communities and Capabilities Worldwide
Institutional Leadership Internationalizing the Campus through Institutional Leadership at University of California, Davis
International Students Could Anthropology Be an Answer to Exchange Students’ Cocooning?
Study Abroad The Study Abroad Superhero Search: A Practical Approach to Marketing Study Abroad on Campus
Internationalization in the UK UCL: London’s Global University
Community Colleges The International Negotiation Modules Project: Using Computer-Assisted Simulation to Enhance Teaching and Learning Strategies in the Community College
Country Focus: Brazil Institutionalization of International Education in Brazil
The Browser: Index of Advertisers

IIE Networker - Spring 2006