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Feature IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series President M.W. Scoggins, Colorado School of Mines By Shannon Bishop A Conversation with ACCORDING TO Open Doors 2007, students majoring in the fields of Engineering and Math or Computer Science respectively account for only 2.9 and 1.5 percent of American students studying abroad. In an effort to gain insight on how to promote international education at institutions which educate our future scientists and engineers, this issue of IIENetworker features an interview with Colorado School of Mines President M.W. Scoggins. With over 34 years of experience in the global oil and gas business as an executive with Mobil and ExxonMobil, President Scoggins imparts the importance of equipping students with skills that enable them to work in a global context. President Scoggins has led Miners, a state engineering university that specializes in the geosciences, since 2006. IIENetworker: In your opinion, what are the most effective ways to produce globally competent citizens? President M.W. Scoggins President Scoggins: Given shifts in the engineering workforce and global marketplace, the engineer of the future must be culturally fluent, socially adaptable, technically sophisticated and perennially updating his/her competencies. To prepare graduates for the global economy, Colorado School of Mines is committed to building upon its longstanding academic excellence while creating a more diverse campus community. Historically, engineering colleges have enrolled relatively few women and minorities, and this must change. Diversity provides broad appreciation of different cultures, recognizes the changing demographics of tomorrow’s leaders, and provides a learning environment for our students more indicative of the world they’ll live in. It is also a key to recruiting and retaining world-class faculty. I am delighted that we have a strong contingent of international students on the Mines campus, with 423 international students, or approximately 10 percent of our student population, from 58 different countries. These students help create a campus environment that enriches us all. I should note that Mines has had international students almost from its very beginnings in 1874, partly due to our expertise in the resource industries which is, of course, worldwide in scope. Despite the School’s relatively modest size, it is difficult to travel anywhere in the world without meeting Mines alumni and seeing the tremendous positive influence the School has had. Mines has a strong commitment to serving the worldwide community, and we are exceedingly proud of our graduates who have joined the international community of engineers, scientists, business leaders and other professionals who are working to enhance the quality of all human life. I am particularly proud that we offer a minor in Humanitarian Engineering. A project developed to bring a potable water pump, storage, treatment and distribution system to a small village in Honduras won an Engineering Award through the Mondialogo program, which has succeeded in bringing together engineering student design teams from developed countries with their counterparts in developing countries. Mines is

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Spring 2008

IIE Networker - Spring 2008
Message from Allan E. Goodman
Up Front: The International Education Diary
Best Practices in International Education: 2008 Andrew Heiskell Awards
IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series A Conversation with President M. W. Scogggins, Colorado School of Mines
Measuring Return on Investment in International Student Recruitment
Making Partnerships Work
Campus View
Latin America
International Students
The Browser: Index of Advertisers

IIE Networker - Spring 2008