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College honored for globalizing the campus

R-MWC to be profiled in spring report by NAFSA

10/23/2002 2:51:00 PM

    LYNCHBURG, Va. - NAFSA: Association for International Educators has selected Randolph-Macon Woman's College as one of only sixteen institutions nationwide to be honored for exemplary work in "internationalizing the campus." The winning schools will be profiled in a major report that NAFSA will release in the spring of 2003.

President Kathleen Gill Bowman, long a proponent of globalizing the College's campus, expressed her gratitude both to NAFSA for the selection, and to the entire College community for rising to the challenge of the growing need for internationalization.

As evidence of the College's successful efforts, Bowman cited the growth of endowed funds specifically earmarked to provide all students with an opportunity to study or work abroad, as well as the College's steady increase in the number of international students. R-MWC is now home to women from 47 countries.

A major focus has been providing international opportunities for the faculty. The creation of the endowed Quillian Visiting International Professorship, through which scholars from India, Croatia, China, Nigeria, Egypt and Guyana have spent full academic years in residence, as well as special faculty seminars in China, Central Europe and Guyana, are the backbone of faculty development efforts. "It used to be that only faculty in certain fields were expected to have international expertise - international relations, area studies, and foreign languages, for example," Bowman noted. "In a global society, all faculty need to place their scholarly work and their teaching in an international context."

The College has also developed several initiatives to bring international issues and perspectives to the wider community, through public lectures and presentations, through its Pearl S. Buck Award, which has brought Corazon Aquino, Jehan Sadat, and Sheikh Hasina to the campus, and through a number of other programs and outreach opportunities.

Founded in 1891, Randolph-Macon Woman's College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college of 780 women with a distinguished history of establishing global connections through international education. The College is a member of the International 50, a group of national liberal arts colleges recognized for their internationally oriented programs and has been ranked seventh in the nation among national liberal arts colleges by U. S. News & World Report for the percentage of international students on campus.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations