Celebrating Georgia State University international students

Goal 5

Achieve distinction in globalizing the University.

Georgia State University will continue to engage in efforts to internationalize its academic activities and establish sustained international relationships that further the education, research and scholarship of its students and faculty. This will require creating an institution that is able to attract talented scholars whose contributions are recognized worldwide in leading academic and policy forums. It also will require creating educational experiences and programs for students that prepare them to be successful in an increasingly interconnected and globally oriented world.

INITIATIVE 1: Create an International Consortium of Universities for Critical Issues Challenging Cities.
Georgia State University will lead in the formation of a global consortium of premier universities dedicated to addressing the issues of an increasingly urban world. This network will serve as the mechanism through which we will exchange students, scholars, knowledge and best practices. The consortium will be a collaborative of select, premier city-based universities in major metropolitan areas around the world to focus on common issues currently facing these cities and those that arise as they transition to megacities. The major activity of the Consortium will be to initiate long-term partnerships among members in order to engage students, faculty and staff in addressing issues of common importance. The Consortium will seek to engage Atlanta’s international community organizations (consulates, bi-national chambers of commerce, etc.) as partners and sponsors for Consortium activities.

INITIATIVE 2: Promote externally funded research on the challenges facing emerging nations.
Global social and economic stability is dependent, in part, on the continued development of emerging nations. Georgia State will leverage and expand the expertise of its faculty to build interdisciplinary teams that focus on externally funded research addressing the complex cultural, economic, legal, educational, medical and social issues facing emerging nations. As we move to increase funding for these initiatives a plan will be developed that proposes resources and strategies to be implemented and evaluated, as well as a structure to coordinate and increase visibility of our projects.

INITIATIVE 3: Establish a Georgia State University International Center.
Georgia State will further internationalize the campus environment through a facility that brings visibility and coordination to international programs, activities and services. Such a physical facility will create opportunities for maximizing interaction of the campus community with international students and scholars, bring greater coordination among university international offices and programs, and provide meeting rooms for cultural events and workspace to accommodate international visitors, dignitaries and scholars, including representatives from the international consortium.

INITIATIVE 4: Enhance the global competency of students, faculty and staff.
Georgia State can become the institution of choice for students from across the world by leveraging current strengths in international studies and by putting new programs in place to enhance the global competency of students, faculty and staff. Georgia State will establish educational objectives and provide resources necessary to help students develop the cultural competencies necessary to interact effectively with people, ideas and activities from other cultures. Examples of these objectives include (a) doubling the number of students who enroll in study abroad opportunities and expanding the study abroad program to include more semester-long opportunities, (b) introducing a Global Leadership Certificate program for undergraduates featuring interdisciplinary programs that combine comparative and international courses with professional experiences as well as on- and off-campus extracurricular activities; and (c) commissioning a task force to assess requirements for and identify efficient and contemporary ways of assisting students to gain multi-language and cultural proficiency.