Globalization Task Force
- Three million university students worldwide now study outside their home countries, a 57 percent increase in the past decade. That number is projected to increase to more than seven million by 2025, according to NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
- Globalization is accelerated by the rapid emergence of technology that has made international communication and transnational collaboration commonplace in business, government and education.
- Easier travel, labor migration, the global spread of research capacity, globalization of scholarship and the growth of the global higher education system reinforces an expansive multilateral exchange of ideas.
- The University will continue its global emphasis given that the Missouri State experience has been enhanced by the 1,622 international students currently enrolled – more than triple from a decade ago.
- Missouri State will continue to expand participation in Education Abroad, increase the number of global studies majors and international area studies minors, grow the English Language Institute and develop the International Leadership and Training Center.
- The University will continue to seek and sign agreements to add to the more than 60 partner universities in 22 countries which promote student mobility, faculty collaboration and participation in special programs.
- The dual challenge for Missouri State University is to be globally engaged while remaining connected locally.
- There is a global battle for “smart talent,” defined as persons with excellent cognitive, professional and interpersonal skills, coupled with global experience and intercultural competence. Preparing students to be educated global citizens and to succeed in the international workforce will increasingly become a competitive advantage.
- Even though 89 countries are represented in the Missouri State student population, 78 percent come from six countries, with the People’s Republic of China accounting for more than half of all international students. This represents a potential challenge because economic and political issues in one country or region could have a magnified impact on international enrollment.
Missouri State University will create an environment that is international in character – in teaching, research and service – so that graduates are ready to compete and succeed in an increasingly global society.
Questions for the next long-range plan
- What strategies can be implemented to train, involve and engage a greater number of Missouri State faculty and staff in the motivation and development of “smart talent” and in the promotion and overall success of the international program?
- How can the University create connections so cultural exchange can take place beyond the classroom in residence halls, dining centers and student organizations?
- What steps should be taken that allow continued programs with China, while placing a strategic emphasis on developing new relationships, especially in Latin America and other parts of Asia?
Vice President, Research and Economic Development and International Programs
Director, International Leadership and Training Center
Distinguished Professor, Political Science
Instructor, World Languages and Cultures
Community Leader, INDIV Inc.
Director, International Services
Associate Dean, College of Natural and Applied Science
Executive Director, English Language Institute
Director, Education Abroad
Assistant Professor, West Plains Campus