The forces of global integration are rapidly transforming our world. At SUNY, we're asking ourselves how we can make sure our students and our campuses are prepared for the new economic and cultural realities. What are the key skills for surviving and thriving in the modern, globalized world?
We know our students will need the nimbleness and flexibility to adapt to different environments. They'll need to be prepared to work effectively anywhere in the world. They’ll need to be able to design and develop products that appeal to a highly diverse marketplace. They'll need to think in international terms – when they make choices about what courses to take, what languages to study, what skills to develop.
Should we create more programs that focus on global awareness and cultural identities? Strengthen our curricula in interdisciplinary studies like environmental technology, global health economics, and geopolitics? Create more opportunities for international exchange? Recruit more foreign students?
And perhaps most importantly, how can we manage our institutions of higher education to better achieve these goals?
We'll be asking for your help in identifying strategies that expand our international reach and vision. At a time when education is at the center of international competition, our students must have the tools to thrive in the modern global economy and make a difference around the globe.