In June 2016, the President and Chancellors of the University of Nebraska formally adopted a Strategy for Global Engagement at the University. That document emphasizes that “strengthening global engagement and building on a tradition of success with international activities will improve the educational outcomes the university seeks.”
One of the six goals identified in the new Strategy document is to encourage faculty to increase global perspectives in their on-campus courses and programs. More than 70% of our students do not participate in a formal education abroad program, and it is important that these students be exposed to global themes, regional histories and perspectives, foreign languages and works of literature, and disciplinary insights from different regions of the world. Such experiences are essential in order for students to develop a global mindset and the skills they need to contribute meaningfully in our rapidly changing and globalizing world.
Faculty need to be prepared to:
- Engage students by addressing global challenges
- Globalize the context for learning
- Connect to universal themes
- Illuminate the global history of knowledge
- Help students learn through international collaboration
Fall 2019 UNMC grant winners
Nancy Krusen, PhD, and Shaun Horak in the UNMC College of Allied Health Professions were awarded $5,000 to develop a new course entitled "Introduction to Interprofessional Global Health." The new course is expected to be offered in spring 2021.