IIE Networker - Fall 2008 - (Page 29)

Feature IIENetworker University President’s Interview Series A Conversation with President Mohammad H. Qayoumi, California State University, East Bay This issue of IIENetworker features an interview with California State University—East Bay President, Mohammad H. Qayoumi. The leader of a state-funded university with a large proportion of working adult students, “Mo,” as he is known on campus, shares the ways in which his institution supports international education. Originally from Afghanistan and once an international student himself, President Qayoumi brings a unique perspective to the internationalization of higher education. IIENetworker: In your opinion, what are the most effective ways to produce globally competent citizens? President Qayoumi: Universities must put their students in as many situations as possible that cause them to reflect on the global environment, beginning with instruction but certainly including student activities, housing and even food service. Cal State East Bay is fortunate in that it is in a highly globalized region to begin with, and our student population reflects that. One of our approaches has been to establish a housing facility with an emphasis on international living and learning to bring together international students and American students so they can experience and appreciate cultural differences. IIENetworker: What do you see as the main challenges in internationalizing a public institution? What are your solutions? President Qayoumi: One of the biggest challenges in California is that the President Mohammad H. Qayoumi state’s funding for higher education can be unpredictable from year to year. This makes it difficult for universities to balance the importance of creating a community that includes global representation with the priority of offering a cost-efficient education to resident students. The key is to develop a university culture that appreciates the value of the contribution of international students and faculty to the point that they are a factor in every discussion about academic preparation, admissions, orientation, and other services. IIENetworker: How do you get the community involved in your institution’s internationalization activities? President Qayoumi: This can be a challenge for universities with a high proportion of working adults. However, we try to be as active as we can through our involvement with the local business community, community organizations, Bay Area consulates, and embassies in Washington, D.C. For example, we work with local community members who are

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

IIE Networker - Fall 2008
Message from Allan E. Goodman
Up Front: The International Education Diary
The International Dimension of Higher Education: Status, Challenges, and Prospects in Africa
Internationalization in Africa In Relation to Other World Regions
Measuring International Student Mobility Trends: In and Out of Africa
IIENetworker University President’s Interview Series A Conversation with President Mohammad H. Qayoumi, California State University, East Bay
Country Profile: Nigeria
Scholars & Research
Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative
Joint Degree Programs
Advising Students
Study Abroad
The Browser: Index of Advertisers

IIE Networker - Fall 2008