Your New Year's Resolution
By Allan E. Goodman
Now, more than ever, higher education has a global mandate. As we begin 2011, our greatest challenges are global: climate change, epidemic diseases, cybercrime and violent extremism cannot be solved by or within a single country. Today’s students need to be able to work successfully across cultures and countries.
So what can you do? Make it your New Year’s resolution to take one step – large or small – to make an international experience happen.
If you are an educator, launch a new international program or policy this year, or take part in an exchange. If you are a student, go abroad, or start planning now to go in the future. If you are a parent, relative or friend, help a student or young professional connect with an international experience, find a source of funding, and get a passport. If you are an employer, offer a scholarship for children of employees or for the future workforce, or hire someone who has study abroad experience. Or simply make a contribution now.
I have had the opportunity to do all of those things and to help others take the first steps. It is not only personally rewarding, but it is the best investment you can make in the next generation.
Visit IIE’s website or click the links in this newsletter to find programs, funding and ways to help.
We are pleased to offer these resources, along with our very best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful new year,