New institute to enhance global education
ON THE GREEN | The University offers more than 80 study-abroad programs in over 45 countries, has won awards for innovation in international education and in 2008 was ranked among the top doctoral research institutions nationwide for study-abroad programs.
Now, UD has established the Institute for Global Studies (IGS) to further expand its global reach and impact and to build and strengthen international partnerships for education and research. The institute moved into its home in historic Elliott Hall, on Main Street, Nov. 1.
“The Institute for Global Studies will serve as a central unit for international activities and will administer key initiatives aimed at increasing the visibility and prominence of the University of Delaware on a global scale,” UD President Patrick Harker says.
“Global experience, on our campus and beyond, will be critical to the success of our students and the University community at large. The Institute for Global Studies is a major step forward in our Global Initiative, a key milestone in the University’s Path to Prominence. I thank the task force for their leadership and hard work on this exciting advance.”
Deputy Provost Havidán Rodríguez led the planning of the IGS, working with a University-wide task force co-chaired by Lesa Griffiths, director of the Center for International Studies, which now is part of the institute.
“The IGS will lead the University’s efforts to educate engaged, global citizens by enhancing and supporting faculty research and student education in international and transnational issues,” Rodríguez says.
The institute will develop and sustain strong partnerships and ongoing collaborative initiatives with the Area Studies programs at UD and with the English Language Institute, among others. Its building includes meeting rooms that are available for visiting scholars.
Rodríguez notes that the IGS also will “build bridges and strategic partnerships with the academic colleges and other units across campus,” facilitate the development of new global studies programs in underrepresented regions of the world and expand UD’s more than 125 active institutional and strategic agreements/partnerships with institutions of higher education and other agencies throughout the globe.