IIE Networker - Fall 2007 - (Page 19)

Feature IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series A Conversation with President Ruth J. Simmons, Brown University By Shannon Bishop Hosting over 1,000 international students, offering 24 foreign languages, and sending 38 percent of their undergraduates abroad, Brown University has made a strong commitment to equipping students with global skills. To gain insight to their success and provide readers with a perspective on how the upper levels of higher education administration interpret the importance of internationalization, IIENetworker presents a discussion with Brown University President, Ruth J. Simmons. A recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to France and former French professor, President Simmons has demonstrated her commitment to student exchange and international education throughout her academic career. Dr. Simmons has led Brown University since 2001. across the full range of regions. Brown has international programs in 13 countries and offers opportunities for students from all academic backgrounds. We also have an Office of International Programs that facilitates enrollment in more than 150 programs sponsored by other universities and providers, and approved by our own faculty. We also have many international partnerships—such as at Paris VI in France, Zhejiang University in China, and Ewha University in Korea. We continue to explore many more. Global competence begins at home, and includes an on-campus commitment to openness to diversity, language differences and communication across cultures. We have dedicated ourselves to increasing the diversity of international Global competence begins at home, and includes an oncampus commitment to openness to diversity, language differences and communication across cultures. IIENetworker: In your opinion, what are the most effective ways to produce globally competent citizens? President Simmons: Producing globally competent citizens implies that universities prepare students for lives and careers in an increasingly diverse, far-reaching interconnected world. Today’s global circumstances require a firm commitment to international learning in combination with dynamic institutional partnerships and study abroad students on our campus. The University will spend nearly 40 percent more on programs of financial aid for international students during the next four years in order to assure the presence of students from different economic backgrounds. Effectiveness in diversity and global education is related. In the international environment that we have today, where people move constantly across national borders, and where the traditional idea of citizenship—uniformity of ethnicity, uniformity of race, uniformity of clans Ruth J. Simmons, President of Brown University and whatever homogeneity was imagined necessary several hundred years ago—are all disappearing. In the future, the success of societies will depend heavily on their capacity to understand and embrace a variety of cultures in the ideal of nationhood and community. That is not an easy thing to do, but education can be pivotal to improving our capacity to benefit from this change.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Fall 2007

IIE Networker - Fall 2007
Message from Allan E. Goodman
Up Front: The International Education Diary
Investing in Our Future: Reaching Underserved Audiences through International Academic Exchanges
IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series A Conversation with Brown University President
National Policies for International Education
New Zealand
United Kingdom
Sponsored Students
Project Atlas: A Coordinated Approach to Measuring Global Student Mobility
The Browser: Index of Advertisers

IIE Networker - Fall 2007