One of only sixteen colleges so honored
4/16/2003 3:36:15 PM
LYNCHBURG, Va. 16 April, 2003 — A major report issued today by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education, praised Randolph-Macon Woman's College for its novel approaches and exemplary practices in bringing a global perspective to the College's small campus. R-MWC was one of only sixteen schools nationwide to be so honored.
In particular, the report cited the growth of endowed funds specifically earmarked to provide students with opportunities to study or work abroad, the College's continued focus on international opportunities for the faculty, and the many R-MWC initiatives that bring international issues and perspectives to the wider community.
As testimony to the success of these efforts, the report pointed to the College's nearly fivefold increase in the percentage of international students over the last decade and a tripling of the funds available for international education programs. Nearly half of all R-MWC students study or work abroad during their college career, most of them for a full year. Faculty have led students on summer seminars to four continents over the past five years, and the William F. Quillian Visiting International Professorship has brought scholars from India, Croatia, China, Nigeria, Egypt and Guyana to spend a full academic year in residence. The report goes on to conclude that R-MWC is a place where "globalization has come naturally."
"Every college graduate going forward is going to be handicapped if he or she can't operate in a global context," said R-MWC President Kathleen Bowman. "Globalization is an imperative."
For a complete version of NAFSA's report in Adobe's .pdf format, click here.
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