“Global” is the buzzword of the day in higher education, but what does it really mean? Is a university “global” if it provides a study abroad program or can there be deeper integration of global content and perspectives in the classroom?
Thirty Liberal Studies sophomores and I are investigating this question in the Dean’s Global Research Seminar. These students are the members of our sophomore honor society, the Dean’s Circle.
Guest speakers at recent class sessions have included NYU President John Sexton, who reflected on the strategic vision behind our Global Network University, and Jeffrey Lehman, Vice Chancellor of NYU Shanghai. The Dean’s Circle students who are studying away from Washington Square this semester connect virtually to the class sessions, demonstrating through their participation that education need not be limited by geographic borders.
In January the Dean’s Circle will travel to London to explore how globalization in higher education is developing in Europe. Stay tuned for photos and a report from that trip.
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President Sexton was a Dean’s Global Research Seminar guest speaker.