Global Programs to host conference on internationalizing higher education

July 03, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The University's Office of Global Programs will present the Global Penn State Conference 2013: Internationalizing the Campus, College and Classroom on Friday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 28.

The conference will kick-off Friday morning with keynote speaker Stanley Katz, who is director of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies and professor in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Katz wrote a piece posted Feb. 16, 2010, on the Brainstorm Blog of The Chronicle of Higher Education titled “What Does It Mean to ‘Internationalize’ Higher Ed” that speaks to the purpose of the conference.

“While most faculty agree that internationalization of curriculum is crucial to providing the best level of higher education for their students, for some, implementing the vision is the hard part,” said Michael Adewumi, vice provost for Global Programs. “With this conference, we plan to explore innovative practices for internationalizing the curriculum and discuss techniques for effective implementation of our global vision.”

The conference features three key parts, beginning with the University-wide goal of curriculum internationalization. The second part explores best practices using colleges/campuses that have successfully infused international themes into research, teaching and service. In the third section, panelists and workshop leaders examine innovative practices in a variety of classroom settings.

“We hope that faculty members willing to embrace this call for institutional transformation and eager to engage curriculum internationalization as a celebrated Penn State lore will attend the conference,” said Sylvester Osagie, director of campus engagement in the University Office of Global Programs and conference organizer.

The conference ends at noon Saturday. The conference fee is $60, which includes all meals and conference materials. Registration is at Space is limited.

For questions, email Sylvester Osagie at

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Last Updated July 11, 2013