At the turn of the 20th century, Professor Woodrow Wilson said that every man sent out from a university should be a man of his nation as well as a man of his time. At the beginning of the 21st century, we can say that every person sent out from a university should be a person of the world as well as a person of his or her time. Globalization is here, and with it, the globally connected university has arrived. -- UMD President Wallace D. Loh
The University of Maryland is a globally connected institution that places a high value on its worldwide reach and impact. UMD has over 300 formal partnerships with universities and governments overseas; its faculty hail from more than 130 countries; it is consistently named among the top 25 universities welcoming international students; and its President's Promise initiative strives to provide an international experience - whether via study abroad, an overseas internship, international service learning, or a campus-based intercultural learning program - for every UMD student. The further growth of UMD's international character and global connections is one of the three major initiatives established in its current Strategic Plan, Transforming Maryland: Higher Expectations.
OIA's mission is to enhance the international activities and character of UMD, by acting as the interface for students and faculty going abroad/coming to College Park; encouraging, advising, assisting, and coordinating the international components of UMD academic units, programs and initiatives; offering support to faculty via international travel & study abroad course development grants and awards for outstanding international achievement; and organizing programming to internationalize the outlook of UMD students, faculty and staff, to ultimately bring the resources of UMD to the world.
OIA includes the following units:
NEW! Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps in Nicaragua
May 19-July 12, 2013
This summer, Maryland students are partnering with students from Georgetown and Duke as part of a well-established program initiated and run by Greg Van Kirk, Ashoka Fellow, Social Entrepreneur, former Peace Corp volunteer, and former investment banker. Greg Van Kirk will be in-residence at the Honors College in April 2013 teaching a mini-course for summer participants. Click here for more details.
Announcing the new Global Semester in Washington, D.C.
Apply now for the fall 2013 inaugural class of Global Semester in Washington, D.C. Click here for more details.
Review the latest issue of Maryland International, the newsletter of the Office of International Affairs.
In this issue: