Strategies to Promote the Incorporation of the International Dimension in Postgraduate Study

Rafael Valenzuela
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This presenters will discuss a proposal to improve the mechanism through which courses and academic activities are recognized, as well as to incorporate the international element in the graduate curriculum. Although this has been mentioned in the 2002 Calgary recommendations, we think that much has to be done in order to facilitate this operation. We propose two strategies: a) incorporate research internships with graduate curricular credit. It is important to generate institutional agreements that not only allow the possibility of research internships, but are also encouraged and promoted as they are included in the study plans; b) offer graduate courses that can be counted as credits for foreign students. We propose a pool of courses that include term, description, goal and that include foreign students. With this pool, the student would be able to take the course by registering directly with the institution, instead of arranging acknowledgement afterwards.

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CONAHEC's 13th North American Higher Education Conference - Houston 2010
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Join leaders and practitioners of higher education, business, government and students at Rice University in the city of Houston, Texas for CONAHEC’s 13th North American Higher Education Conference!North Americans share many historical, cultural, and linguistic bonds and have many common issues to face. Since the signing of NAFTA, our region has become the largest trading block in the world, inextricably linked by growing economic ties. Leaders in North America recognize that regional and individual community prosperity depends largely on the global competencies of our future professionals -- today's students.A decade and a half into NAFTA, it is evident that our region must develop stronger, more productive and more resilient linkages both internally and with other world regions. Governmental and educational leaders acknowledge that higher education institutions in North America must be more proactive in offering students opportunities to gain international expertise by becoming more internationally oriented while simultaneously strengthening local connections in their teaching, research and public service functions. Higher education has an important role to play in strengthening North America and connecting it with the rest of the world.