Internationally Engaged: Winter 2014

From the Vice Provost and Associate Vice Provost

UC Davis Global Centers: The Next Phase of Internationalization

William B. Lacy and Adrienne L. MartinAs higher education becomes a more global enterprise and the world is seen as increasingly interconnected, universities worldwide are exploring new ways to internationalize their primary goals and activities. On many U.S. campuses, the student body is becoming more internationally diverse through aggressive recruitment of both students and faculty. A broader, more international curriculum is being developed for both undergraduate and graduate students that includes overseas study, internships, and field work. Research collaborations and institutional agreements are increasing dramatically in both number and complexity, and are encompassing universities, government agencies, and private corporations.

These trends have also stimulated U.S. universities and their peers in other countries to develop a variety of activities, educational programs and models for expanding their global presence and off-shore programs. These efforts range from an office or meeting rooms with limited activities and goals, to global centers or hubs which are multidimensional in their agendas (e.g. Columbia University’s Global Centers and Ohio State University’s Global Gateways) to multi-campus global networks of universities offering full-service degree-granting programs abroad (e.g. New York University). In this last category, a new report by the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, a British-based research group, counted 200 branch campuses around the globe (defined as a degree-granting higher education institution with a physical presence in a country other than that of the home institution). Today, U.S. universities operate the largest number of branch campuses worldwide with 78. It is probable that these will multiply in the future through strategic alliances with overseas partners and investors and a more liberalized and expanding higher education market, but they will likely face multiple significant challenges.

In the recent past the University of California system and UC Davis have had a number of physical locations overseas. Read more.

Confucius Institute at UC Davis Celebrates Grand Opening and Launches Program

The Confucius Institute at UC Davis celebrated its grand opening on September 16, 2013 with food demonstrations by alumnus Martin Yan and two guest celebrity chefs. A dance and song performance, by Jiangnan University students and faculty at the Mondavi Center also commemorated the event. Director-General of Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters) Madam Xu Lin, China’s Consul General of San Francisco Yuan Nansheng and Jiangnan University President Chen Jian were present at the grand opening.  Madam Xu shared with the audience a congratulatory letter written by China’s president, Xi Jinping to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi. Read More.

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