Preparing Students to Succeed in an Interconnected World
As our world becomes more interconnected, our job market becomes more global, our knowledge crosses more boundaries, and our well-being relies upon interdependence—so, too, must the education of our students.
UC Davis is now building on the university’s growing international experiences and rich regional diversity to provide vital intercultural preparation and global education to all UC Davis students.
What Does Global Education for All Mean?
Global Education for All moves beyond traditional study abroad opportunities to provide students with a variety of experiences tailored to their interests, skills and aspirations, including:
- Internships and domestic experiences that have global footprints
- Research and classroom learning opportunities that employ virtual international collaboration
- Service and experiential learning that crosses academic and geographic boundaries
The benefits are twofold. Students gain life-shaping experiences and valuable critical thinking and professional skills that set them apart from other graduates. Simultaneously, urgent global environmental, public health, social and economic challenges, among others, are met with solutions.
Pathways to a Global Education
Multidimensional pathways will provide flexibility and access for UC Davis’ entire student community:
- Internationalized academic curricula
- Expanded study abroad and away opportunities
- New global research avenues
- Increased service learning and internships
- Global living communities
- Enhanced co-curricular and on-campus programming
Whether undergraduate, graduate, professional, domestic or international, all UC Davis students will have opportunities to tap existing skills and develop new ones that will help them succeed in their personal, academic and professional lives.
How to Get Involved
Through the university’s “Big Ideas” initiative, which brought nearly 200 collaborators together in submitting their transformational, forward-thinking ideas, Global Education for All was selected among 13 ideas as finalists in early 2017.
As we educate the next generation of global problem-solvers—and identify supporters of key resources ranging from student research and scholarship support to a vibrant campus hub for global education—we invite alumni, community members and supporters to partner with us in ensuring every student has the opportunity to receive a global education.
Campus Global Theme
As a part of the Global Education for All initiative, the Campus Global Theme program identifies a topic linked to one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and engages the entire UC Davis community in related learning and action. The inaugural Campus Global Theme for 2019-20 is Food for Thought: Feeding Ourselves, Feeding the Planet, emphasizing the global dimensions of discussing, celebrating, analyzing and acting upon feeding humanity.