The Ten Initiatives: Internationalizing UNH
Point Person: Lisa MacFarlane, senior vice provost for academic affairs, professor of English and American Studies
We will build on the success of existing programs by expanding offerings in the international curriculum, enhancing opportunities for study abroad, strengthening language offerings, and supporting efforts to recruit international students and scholars.
From the plan
UNH and the World: Advancing a Global Perspective
What's happening now and plans for the future
President's Panel on Internationalization
What's happened in the last year
UNH opened the Confucius Institute in collaboration with Chengdu University in Szechwan province. It is the only Confucius Institute in northern New England. A Confucius Institute enables UNH to expand its academic study of Chinese language and culture, to support Asian Studies on campus and throughout the region, and to support K-12 educators, business people, tourists, and the general public: all who study, trade with, and wish to know more about China. As part of the opening celebrations, associate deans and department chairs from Chengdu University visited UNH for a two-week seminar in academic administration, governance and operations, hosted by their counterparts at UNH.
President Huddleston has called for the creation of “The President’s Panel on Internationalizing UNH.” The Panel is now meeting and is be responsible for addressing how best to support and further our international curricula, research, and engagement: What organizational or administrative structures are appropriate? What are our priorities for strategic investments in this area? How, in general, can we best ensure our continued success? The panel is be composed of faculty, staff, and students, and host two public sessions in April 2011.
The University has signed a contract with International SOS to provide security information and emergency evacuation for UNH faculty, students, and staff overseas. This helps to ensure the safety of our community as it travels for study, research, and engagement across the world.
The College of Life Sciences and Agriculture developed a partnership with Zhejiang Ocean University in Zhejiang Province; UNH Manchester has begun discussions with East China Normal University in Shanghai. These relationships and the research, teaching, and staff development opportunities they offer have significantly expanded our program in Asian Studies.
The College of Liberal Arts has expanded its curriculum in Arabic language instruction and has established a formal multidisciplinary program in Middle Eastern Studies.
The Center for the Humanities and the Program in Africana and African American Studies are heading a campuswide partnership with the University of Ghana in Legon, with student and faculty exchanges, summer and January Term programs, collaborative research ventures, and staff and faculty development opportunities.
The Center for International Education completed an inventory of UNH-managed programs and approved programs with the goal of ensuring a consistent level of services and policies, and reviewing our provisions for student safety.
The Faculty Senate is actively working with the Scholars at Risk Program, which provides a temporary institutional home for faculty whose political activities in their home countries put them at risk of reprisal.
UNH announced new certificate programs in Sustainable Microenterprise and Development and Sustainable Politics and Policy, both focused on global concerns.
A task force of faculty and staff has been researching opportunities to increase the numbers of international students on campus. The University has signed an agreement with Navitas-USA and will welcome the first students in May 2011. We hope to improve significantly our ability to recruit and enroll talented students from around the world.
We look forward to several January Term study away opportunities for students, to inaugurating our summer program in Ghana, to developing a summer program in China, and to supporting initiatives in Chile, Brazil, South Korea, and anywhere else the creativity and passion of our faculty take them.
The Office of the Provost will establish a task force charged with recommending both a direction for UNH’s increasingly diverse international relationships and an administrative structure able to collect and coordinate activities commensurate with our aspirations.
The Graduate Council has approved guidelines for joint and dual degree programs, clearing the way for UNH faculty to develop shared curricula and academic programs with international partners.
A faculty/staff committee exploring opportunities for more formal and structured recruiting of—and preparation for—international students expects to present a recommendation to the president this spring. The goal will be to increase our international student population to 10 percent by 2020.