Northeastern attracts students and faculty who believe in experiential learning, a cornerstone of what it takes to succeed in different cultures and with people from different cultures.
Our students are going out into the world, and the world is coming to us. Opportunities for study abroad–from the award-winning, faculty-led Dialogues of Civilization to the successful and pioneering NUin program for freshmen, from course-based service learning trips to traditional study abroad—involve more and more students. International and out-of-region co-ops are on the rise. In all, 3,252 undergraduates had a global learning experience in 2014-2015; since 2006, Northeastern students have worked or studied in 131 different countries.
Our reach has expanded dramatically beyond our Boston campus. Northeastern has become a destination of choice—the sixth-ranked institution in the United States in 2014-2015–for international students. The campuses of the Northeastern University Global Network (NUGN) in Charlotte, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Toronto project the University’s identity nationally and globally.
Questions for Discussion
- How can we take fuller advantage of our increasing global standing?
- How can we more fully integrate the activity and outreach of the campuses beyond Boston—with one another, as well as with the mother ship?
- What roles could the campuses of the Global Network play in undergraduate education? In doctoral education?
- How can Northeastern better showcase our global and cross-cultural opportunities to attract more culturally agile students and faculty?
- Whether in existing programs or in new programs, can Northeastern be doing more to help students and faculty further develop their cultural agility?
- How can we reach our goal of ensuring that 100% of our undergraduates participate in a global experience?
- Should Northeastern become the world leader in demonstrating the learning outcomes achieved through our students’ global experiences and by our international students?
- How can we realize fully the global dimensions of our research themes in health, security and sustainability? Are there other university-level research areas in which we are (or could be) contributing to meeting global challenges?