Internationally Engaged: Spring/Summer 2014

From the Vice Provost

Personal Reflections on Internationalization at UC Davis

William B. Lacy In the 21st century internationalization of higher education has become core to the pursuit of the three primary university goals: knowledge generation through research and scholarship; knowledge dissemination through undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral education; and knowledge application through local, regional, national and international outreach and engagement. This emphasis on internationalization is a relatively recent phenomenon. Just twenty-five years ago, international education via study abroad was a limited program, providing a small number of middle and upper class humanities and social science undergraduates an opportunity to study in western Europe. For the large majority of institutions, international students were a very small percentage of the student body, particularly among undergraduates. The international faculty was equally small in number and campus-wide leadership in the form of senior international officers was generally nonexistent. In addition, the application of knowledge internationally was primarily focused on agricultural development. Finally, the strategic plans and goals of most U.S. institutions rarely included an international agenda.  Read more.

Bill’s Lessons Learned from 15 Years of Experience as Vice Provost of University Outreach and International Programs

  1. Ensure full support by the senior leadership (i.e. Chancellor, Provost, and/or Presidents) and that the senior leadership team includes a vice provost/vice president devoted to international programs who serves on the Chancellor’s Cabinet.
  2. Involve all levels in the university in the internationalization efforts with particular engagement of the faculty and the Faculty Senate.
  3. Develop close relationships between the Vice Provost and staff for international programs with all the senior academic leadership (research, undergraduate, graduate, academic personnel, and continuing education).

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