The Global Initiative: Implementation Efforts

The University of Delaware established the Institute for Global Studies (IGS) as the centerpiece of its global initiative, and a new process for forming global partnerships with institutions, organizations and governments has been implemented under IGS. The first major partnership to be inaugurated under IGS is the Confucius Institute, undertaken with Xiamen University and the Confucius Institute Central Headquarters/Hanban. The institute will promote instruction in Chinese language and culture and strengthen educational, research and cultural collaborations with China’s universities, government agencies, NGOs and private industry.

Of course, we must expand the “global experience” on our own campus, and create an actively welcoming environment that fosters positive interactions between international students and domestic students, faculty and staff. The Global Undergraduate Recruiting Committee was formed to advance these efforts. Its report, Creating a More Welcoming and Supportive Campus for International Students, precipitated significant improvements in the New Student Orientation Program for International Students and a more streamlined process for admitting and welcoming exchange students.

Meanwhile, the English Language Institute (ELI) has expanded its conditional admission program, admitting 305 undergraduate and 65 graduate students last year. Approximately 93 percent of students conditionally admitted through the ELI program meet the program requirements and matriculate at UD or at one of our partner institutions. Total ELI enrollment now surpasses 2,000 students.