LUBBOCK, Texas (press release) – The following is a press release from Texas Tech University:
This fall marks the start of a new venture for Texas Tech University. The Center for Global Communication will launch the Academy for Curricular Internationalization, a series of workshops for faculty to collaborate with internal and external experts to enhance overall learning in the classroom.
This academy could not have come at a better time. With the rise of global challenges such as climate change, economic inequalities and international health crises, university graduates seek to navigate a relatively new global job market.
The Center for Global Communication, hosted by Texas Tech’s Office of International Affairs (OIA), was established as part of Texas Tech’s Quality Improvement Plan (QEP) “Communicating in a Global Society”. As per the requirements of its accreditation agency, Texas Tech had to put together a project emphasizing overall communication within the undergraduate experience. The PFEQ was launched in 2016 under the leadership of the Prévôté.
“The center has launched a series of global initiatives on campus,” said Paul Paré, director of the Center for Global Communication. “As the program neared its completion date, the provost, after taking recommendations from an advisory committee, negotiated the transition of the program to the Office of International Affairs. ”
“There was a real need to continue to focus on a broader context for the global curriculum,” said Sukant Misra, vice rector for international affairs. “The center was to continue to exist, with an emphasis on the internationalization of the programs.
With the support of the OIA, the program became more focused on the internationalization of courses with an emphasis on global challenges and intercultural communication.
“Thanks to the pandemic, we have come to realize the importance of global cooperation and effective communication with those of other cultures and nations,” Paré said. “From climate change to global health, the world is getting smaller and smaller and we are impacting each other. The new series of workshops allows teachers to identify programs and techniques to expand global offerings in the classroom.
Indeed, the overall state of mind is not just a passing phase or a buzzword.
“Corporate America has started asking universities to place more emphasis on developing competent graduates globally,” Misra said. “Companies have found that employees enter the labor market with a real lack of knowledge in this area. Businesses need leaders who can harness the synergy of multiple cultures working together to produce deliverables.
And that’s exactly what the Academy for Program Internationalization seeks to accomplish. Professors are encouraged to apply by September 17, after which a cohort of 10 applicants will be selected for the first class.
The academy will start in October and run throughout the school year. The series will include workshops featuring guest speakers from Google, Indiana University, Duke University and Purdue University. Selected professors will also be matched with a mentor from their respective colleges for additional support and collaboration.
“The training series will cover the internationalization of courses so that instructors can clearly articulate overall learning outcomes and easily transform teaching content, pedagogies and means of assessment,” Paré said. “We are excited to see the course content that faculty will create to inspire and empower students. ”
Misra understands better than anyone the importance of having a global perspective.
“Even 37 years ago, I understood that we live in a global society,” said Misra. “I left my home in India because I wanted to broaden my skills and my horizons. This decision has had a huge impact on my life and I think the work we do here at Texas Tech provides other people with these opportunities as well.
For some students, study abroad or other immersive experiences are not a physical or financial reality. While the OIA strongly encourages students to seek a global experience while traveling, it also wants to create a more world-oriented curriculum right here on campus so that students graduate with the skills to meet the challenges of the future. global challenges, whatever their capabilities.
“Higher education will have missed the mark if we do not prepare students to become citizens and leaders of the world,” Paré said.
And while internationalizing a university’s curriculum isn’t an easy (or quick) task, it’s a task Texas Tech executives are prepared to take on.
“The art of internationalizing programs is not easy,” said Misra. “In fact, it’s an art. Here at Texas Tech, we believe art should be taught, and that’s why we’re so passionate about introducing this new curriculum.
For more information or to apply, visit the Center for Global Communication website or email Paul Paré at [email protected]
(Texas Tech University press release)