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International Activity at MSU November 2010
MSU as a Global University In recent years, international programs, research/outreach activities, and student enrollment has increased. MSU has become a global university, reflected in its vision statement to be: “a leading public research university that is globally aware and involved…”
Growth in International Enrollment Active recruitment has resulted in more international students on our campus. Year 2005 No. of Intnl. Students 574 Percent of Total 3. 6% 2006 594 3. 7% 2007 661 3. 9% 2008 676 3. 8% 2009 772 4. 2% International Students 900 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Note: the numbers above do not include approximately 200 non-credit ESL students.
Growth in MSU Study Abroad A central Study Abroad Office was created in 2008. A 84% increase has occurred since 2007. About 1. 3% of our students currently study abroad. Our goal: 5% or higher. Students in Study Abroad 300 Year Study Abroad Students 2007 136 2008 219 2009 250 200 150 100 50 0 2007 2008 2009
International Program Organization MSU has a history of international research and outreach involvement, but changes in funding resulted in a decline from what it was in the ‘ 80 s. Programs have also become highly decentralized, which causes challenges. Little or no coordination of risk management.
Types of International Programs and Activities at MSU ▪ Intnl. Admissions & Services ▪ Study Abroad ▪ English as a Second Lang. ▪ MOAs w/ Foreign Institutions ▪ Borlaug Institute Fellows ▪ Cntr for Intnl. Security & Strategic Studies ▪ Basic & Applied Research • Outreach & Educational Program Delivery ▪ Faculty Fulbright Activity ▪ Student Fulbright Activity ▪ Intl. Studies Certificate ▪ MSU Intnl. Student Clubs
Academic to Research Continuum Office of International Education Study Abroad ESL Student Fulbright Activity Basic & Applied Research Memoranda of Agreements with Foreign Institutions: Faculty Exchanges & Student Exchanges Faculty Fulbright Activity International Studies Certificate Borlaug Institute Fellows Center for Intl. Security and Strategic Studies International Student Services Outreach & Educational Program. O Delivery International Student Clubs (Holmes Cultural Div Cntr) More Academic More Research
Development Activities University committee chaired by Barry Barnett – recommendations provided Meetings with US AID, USDA FAS, FAO, WFP, non-profits, for-profits, Levinson and Associates Numerous campus visits and tours Memorandum of Understanding signed with FAO
Recommendations Establish a high profile administrative position with responsibility for international functions. Invest in global awareness. Better utilize international alumni to support campus international functions. With the MSU Foundation, initiate a development effort to support international functions.
Recommendations Develop a facility that provides shortterm, furnished accommodations on or near campus for international guests. Consolidate many of the educational international functions that are currently administered by different units on campus into a single unit. Provide family housing opportunities.
Recommendations Provide transportation for new international students from Golden Triangle Regional airport to campus. Expand study abroad participation. Create an office that facilitates international research and outreach opportunities for campus units. Value international activities in the promotion and tenure process.
Recommendations Provide financial incentives that encourage faculty engagement in international research and outreach activities. Hire an international projects administrator within Sponsored Programs Administration. Engage the MSU Extension Service in international outreach activities.
Recent International Opportunities Nutritional Bar Development: Cooperative project with World Food Program and selected for-profit entities to develop a nutrition bar for in-country production using local commodities for emergency and standard feeding programs in the African Ivory Coast region.
Recent International Opportunities Nutritional Bar Development:
Recent International Opportunities Panamanian Cold Chain Development: Cooperative project with USM and selected other entities to determine feasibility of Panama as vegetable supplier and pre-approved port of entry into US Gulf Coast for national distribution.
International Research& Outreach Opportunities Engineering Agriculture Forestry Environment & Water Health & Nutrition Remote Sensing Disaster Mitigation Policy/Economic Development Responder Training Alternative Fuels
International Institute Opportunities to become more involved in international food and agriculture projects prompted Dr. Mark Keenum to propose that we consider creating a campus-wide International Institute that would encompass these and other strengths at MSU.
Coordination of International Activities Creating an International Institute provides the opportunity to foster coordination of international research, outreach, and academic activities at MSU. The Questions: How to organize? And how far-reaching should the Institute be?
Advantages of Closer Coordination Clearer image of our international commitment Efficiency of program delivery Better risk management Prioritize & promote synergy Organized alignment with, & ID of, governmental and NGO partners Promote nimbleness & responses More competitive in extramural funding
International Institute Focused on research and outreach University-wide institute, with a Director, reporting jointly to VPs for ORED, DAFVM, and Provost Close cooperation with other international programs and offices on campus
International Council Brings all relevant international program leadership together Focus on strengthening coordination of all international efforts through improved communication and collaboration
International Council International Institute (Research and Outreach) International Services (Student/Faculty Support) Academic Programs