UC Santa Cruz implements a strategic plan for internationalization

In support of a campus-wide effort to build and strengthen global relationships, UC Santa Cruz will adopt and implement a new internationalization strategic plan.

The Strategic Plan for Internationalization (SPI) and corresponding implementation plan are living, evolving documents that are the result of campus participation in the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Internationalization Lab.

UC Santa Cruz advances comprehensive internationalization to ensure members of the campus community—students, faculty, and staff—are prepared and encouraged to study, teach, conduct research, and work in a global setting, and that institutional policies, programs, and initiatives are aligned to achieve this common goal.

“The important issues of our time do not stop at international borders,” said Chancellor Cynthia Larive. “Communities around the world are already deeply connected through social media, commerce and higher education. It is important that our community of students and scholars solve problems on a global scale, improve the well-being of people and places around the world and value the diversity of thought that an internationalization plan offers. solid.

Opportunities have already been launched under SPI during the pandemic to expand equity and access to global learning for UCSC students, as well as innovative virtual teaching opportunities for faculty.

Global Classrooms expands access

In fall 2021, four global classes were launched, which paired students from a UCSC class with students from classes in Kenya, Colombia, and China to work on joint projects virtually. Fall classes were taught by Merrill College Provost Elizabeth Abrams, lecturer Melvin Cox, associate professor of computer science and engineering Alvaro Cardenas, and assistant professor of linguistics Jess Law.

Three additional Global Classes are offered this winter term by Politics Professor Matthew Sparke, Right Livelihood College Coordinator David Shaw, Art Professor Beth Stevens and Continuing Anthropology Lecturer Annapurna Pandey. In the spring, classes will be taught by Associate Professor of Computational Media Angus Forbes and Professor of Digital Art and New Media Jennifer Parker.

Faculty teaching Global Classes have received training in Collaborative International Online Learning (COIL) to create successful models of class-to-class engagement in the virtual space. The call for applications is now open for the next round of Global Classrooms and faculty are encouraged to consider this opportunity to expand access to global learning through technology.

Virtual Student Exchange establishes links with Pacific Rim universities

Through its membership in the Association of Pacific Universities (APRU), UC Santa Cruz is part of a Virtual Student Exchange (VSE), which allows students to take online courses at top universities in the Pacific to earn UC credits as part of their full-time. registration. In exchange, students from these universities are allowed to enroll in online courses offered at UCSC.

Alan Christy’s history and memory course in the Okinawa Islands was described by a virtual exchange student from the University of Auckland as “incredibly satisfying and fulfilling. Not every course you leave feeling like you really have a knowledge of the subject matter that will stay with you wherever you go next. I believe this is largely attributable to the extensive and unrivaled knowledge of the instructor, as well as the large and high quality assessments and research material that the teaching staff have compiled.

The next opportunity for students to participate in VSE is Spring 2022. Students can learn more on the Global Learning website. Professors interested in offering their course online under this program in the fall of 2022 can look to the next call for course submissions in the spring.

Virtual Global Internships will continue in 2022

Virtual Global Internships were offered to students in the summer of 2021 as part of a pilot program and will continue through the summer of 2022. Interns were placed virtually in host organizations located in Canada, China, in Colombia, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Portugal, Singapore, Spain and Sweden. , and the United Kingdom. During their internship, the students also enrolled in summer courses offered by Languages ​​and Applied Linguistics and Cowell and Rachel Carson colleges. The extension to in-person placements abroad in summer 2022 will be launched specifically for psychology students in Spain and Portugal through a collaboration between the academic department and Global Engagement. These experiential learning opportunities, both virtual and in an international setting, help us achieve the Beyond the Classroom priority of our student success initiative.

In-person internships to bring international students to UCSC

The International Summer Research Internship (ISRP) launched virtually in the summer of 2021 through a collaboration with the Baskin School of Engineering and Global Engagement. This summer, Research Internships will be in-person, bringing top undergraduate students to UC Santa Cruz from overseas partner universities to work in research labs alongside students and faculty. Participants praised the practical benefits of learning to work in an international team and the value this research experience brings to their future academic and professional endeavours. Faculty have the opportunity to participate in this program as UC Santa Cruz expands ISRP into the summer of 2023 and beyond.

“Comprehensive internationalization requires the engagement and commitment of all levels of university management, faculty and staff on campus,” said Vice Provost Richard Hughey. “We urge anyone interested in this effort to visit our internationalization website. You’ll find details on the strategic plan, implementation timeline, progress on goals, and more.

“We hope that faculty, staff and students will participate in bringing a holistic perspective to our campus goals for teaching, research and service,” said Hughey. “We cannot solve global problems such as public health, climate change and global food shortages without international research and cooperation.”

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