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23 Feb Posted by in International, Region | 5 comments

The Civil War in International Perspective

The Civil War in International Perspective

In May, Mason will host a one-day conference on the international context and impact of the American Civil War, as part of the Commonwealth’s impressive series of gatherings to commemorate the conflict’s sesquicentennial. I offered to organize the conference some time ago, and it’s great to see it nearing fruition. My qualifications for my role […]

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16 Feb Posted by in International | 3 comments

Mason Korea

Mason Korea

It is always good to report a collective achievement: after years of planning and preparation, and a lot of work by many faculty and staff both in Virginia and in Incheon, Mason’s Korea campus will open in just a couple of weeks. Students move into the dorms right at the end of February, classes start […]

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International Students

International Students

As we near a decision about a project to increase significantly the number of international students at Mason, at both graduate and undergraduate levels, a word on the most commonly asked, and perfectly appropriate, question. Why do this? Note that my answer applies to our strategic commitment to grow the numbers, regardless of the current […]

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06 Oct Posted by in International | 5 comments

Global Problem-Solving Consortium

Global Problem-Solving Consortium

I’ve written before on this, but there are some upcoming developments that I hope will be interesting to some readers, even to the point of participation. A reminder: Mason launched the Global Problem Solving Consortium in 2012 with partner universities in India, Turkey, Brazil, Kenya, Russia, China, and Korea. We had a really good kickoff […]

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Mason Songdo

Mason Songdo

We’re moving into a new phase of Mason’s Korea project – at last, an active implementation phase – but the preliminaries were sufficiently complex and prolonged that it’s worth commenting again on key highlights of the project. We’re now committed to opening two programs for freshman in March of next year – in Management and […]

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A Meaningful Global Experience

A Meaningful Global Experience

We’re still refining our strategic plan, so what I’m writing about now may change a bit. But one concise goal that seems to resonate well involves pledging a “meaningful global experience” for every undergraduate. Even though we have a decent start on this goal already, it’s a major innovation, writ large in this fashion, and […]

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China Connections

China Connections

As I embark on my fifth trip to China, a few thoughts on Mason’s links to this vital global player. In the first place, Mason’s Chinese activities vividly illustrate the fruitful combination of planning and serendipity. We have long identified China as one of our clear partner areas—and we’ve built faculty, curricular and linguistic capacity […]

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Revisiting the Global Problem Solving Consortium

Revisiting the Global Problem Solving Consortium

I’ve written on this before, but the project is gaining momentum so an update may be in order. The idea of the consortium stems from several impulses: first, improving levels of global awareness for students; second and more specifically, turning universities more explicitly toward exploring and possibly even alleviating various global problems; and third, as […]

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21 Apr Posted by in International, Policies | Comments

Challenge and Opportunity in the Global Agenda

Challenge and Opportunity in the Global Agenda

I’ve written before about the uphill aspect of expanding global goals in American higher education: the fact that U.S. faculty are less enthusiastic about global agendas than counterparts elsewhere, the lack of any formal government pressure or encouragement (again, a marked contrast to the situation in China, Russia and elsewhere). Elements of the situation are […]

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07 Apr Posted by in International | 1 comment

Visiting Pakistan

Visiting Pakistan

Returned recently from Pakistan, mainly visiting the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Islamabad. This is an impressive new university, of high quality and high ambition, and Mason has various collaborative projects with them and prospects for more in future—including some joint educational and research efforts on Pakistani-American relations. My reason for blogging is […]

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