Campus Globalization Through Perception Transformation  

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Define Campus Globalization

IGC defines Campus Globalization as a deliberate and systematic multi-layered transformation process that integrates international and intercultural dimensions into the very fabric and culture of an institution. It is a transformative process that touches on all aspects of a campus and informs its functions of teaching, research, and service to infuse intercultural and global awareness and competencies among its constituents as a way of delivering education and training that are relevant and in step with the needs of the 21st century students. This is achieved through a range of activities and policies aimed at the transformative needs of its core constituents of faculty, students, administrators and staff and with the foresight to permeate this transformation out to secondary constituents such as donors, alumni, parents, and future students.

A university comprises individuals who, collectively, uphold its vision, missions and purposes as defined by them in the form of institutional voice. A group’s collective perception, therefore, is central to its organizational identity. On a campus, this collective perception is manifested through its mission and vision statements, strategic plan, values, traditions, cultures, educational events, quality and content of student programming, in and out-of-classroom experiential learning topics, student, staff and faculty training and development and more. The level of intellectual understanding of its constituents, about global reality, reflects the degree to which a campus has internationalized itself. Regardless of campus size or focus (Liberal Arts, Research, Vocational/Technical etc), these are the factors that create the environment of a campus. Globalization of a campus requires intentional engineering of its environment and planned perceptions transformation of its constituents.

Transformation of this level and magnitude is best achieved through careful and systematic infusion of global awareness and development of global skills and competencies for its core constituents through step-by-step perception transformation and awareness build up. Since constituent groups vary in their needs and learning processes, delivery of training has to be specifically tailored for each group (Ex: faculty may require training in curriculum infusion; students may require awareness development through out-of-classroom educational programming and experiential learning). And, the process can be most fulfilling, productive and educative when the ‘collective’ work together for different layers of campus transformation – from students to president’s office.

Campus globalization aims to develop a more culturally aware citizenry with skills to improve cross-cultural relationships nationally and globally through exposure to foreign policy, world events, cross-cultural skills and issues affecting the lives of those inside as well as outside the United States. Campus globalization aims to develop cosmopolitanism among American students to prepare them for a globally competitive life style. And, it prepares faculty, staff and administrators to deliver education more in sync with that of a 21st century educational institution. While most campuses have updated their libraries and technology for the YouTube-MySpace- pod cast-blogger student generation, IGC is here to assist in the development of global competency and skill building programs through a shift of mind frame – what we call Perception Transformation.

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