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Internationalizing UNH

February 2, 2011

An open forum on the university’s goal of internationalizing will take place the week of April 12. The President’s Panel on Internationalizing will be holding weekly meetings from now through April, with a goal of presenting a final report to President Mark Huddleston in July.

A list of panel members and their contact information can be found at http://unh.edu/news/docs/2011/panel/presidents-panel-on-internationalizing-unh.pdf

UNH’s strategic plan, UNH in 2020, affirmed that the university has “a special responsibility as a flagship state university to help prepare the UNH community and its constituents for engagement with other peoples and across cultures. For UNH to be recognized as a leading world‐class land, sea and space grant university, we must integrate international and intercultural knowledge and experience into our core mission. Global competency is an important measure of a well‐educated citizen and worker of the 21st century.” 

"Although it is called the President's Panel on Internationalizing UNH, we will be addressing issues about which faculty, staff and students have been concerned for a very long time - in some cases, for more than two decades. Internationalization as an institutional goal has largely bubbled up from the rank and file,” says Ted Howard, professor of natural resources and the environment and a member of the Faculty Senate. “But now, for the first time, it is an important element of our strategic planning and has the support of the president of the university."

The President’s Panel on Internationalizing UNH will take responsibility for developing a plan for advancing UNH’s global initiatives. Within that broad charge are the following embedded questions:

1) What are the principles and values that should guide further international development? 

2) What organizational or administrative structures are optimal? What are best practices in higher education for developing, promoting, and sustaining international initiatives?  What is most realistic, fiscally and administratively, for UNH?

3) What activities and processes should be centralized and what should remain within the purview of colleges, departments, and individual faculty and staff?  What is the appropriate balance between broad, deep institutional relationships and more targeted and serendipitous opportunities in specific areas?

4) How do we maximize opportunities for all UNH students, and how do we extend our international mission to UNH alumni and friends as well?

5) What investments do we want to make in international research, teaching, and engagement, and how do we best integrate the university’s missions?  What investments in and uses of technology do we recommend to bring the benefits of international perspectives to everyone, both in and out of the classroom?

6) How, in general, can we best ensure our continued success? What should our priorities be, and what are the best next steps as we continue this work?

Questions can be directed to Lisa MacFarlane, senior vice provost for Academic Affairs.


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