Bringing the World to KSU

 

The world is open for business for Kennesaw State students. Each year, many of our students and faculty interact with people from around the globe, either here in Georgia or overseas. These opportunities to learn about cultures outside of the U.S. are often some of the most memorable and significant parts of a KSU educational experience, which is why it is a fundamental part of Kennesaw State's curriculum.

For example, throughout the year students and faculty travel internationally through the Education Abroad program, which is part of the Division of Global Affairs. With more than 50 faculty-led programs in 40 different countries, students have abundant opportunities to learn abroad. This month alone, dozens of students and faculty have participated in international education programs, including art and culture in Cuba, comparative business in Ireland, public health in Costa Rica, French language immersion in Benin, and mathematics education in China. These education-abroad efforts provide insights and encourage connections from which our students will benefit immensely as they prepare for successful careers.

On top of this, our faculty are working to connect with educators and experts from around the world. Last week, I had the honor of participating in the Symposium on ASIA-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO), held in Shanghai, China. The annual symposium, launched in 2011 by the Asian Studies Program at KSU, provides a forum for experts from around the world to gather and exchange information. This year's conference was an absolute success, and I applaud Dr. May Gao and her team on putting together such an outstanding event.

As Kennesaw State looks to the future, an emphasis on international relationships naturally will continue to grow. Just recently, KSU's Vice Provost and Chief International Officer Lance Askildson moved on to become a university provost in Hawaii, but strong leadership in global affairs will remain a priority for the university. Provost Schwaig will appoint an interim to this position later this summer, and ultimately we will begin a national search for our next leader in international initiatives.

KSU will continue to connect our students and our university with the opportunities and understanding that a global education can offer, and in doing so, provide the best education and student experience possible.

Pamela Whitten

President

Written By Whitten

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