Creativity and Commitment: Internationalization of the University While Strengthening Local Connections and Relevance in the Region.

Young, Sheila
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Brock University continues to widen and deepen its commitment to the broader communities it serves (global, regional and local) through its academic and research partnerships, student / faculty / staff exchanges, internships, and mentorships, visiting professors and scholars, volunteerism, and other ways in which university members are actively engaged. At the same time, the University Vision Statement holds many commitments foundational to its institutional purpose in the region which are also very relevant to our plan for internationalization including: creating a learning community; fostering student engagement; enhancing diversity and inclusiveness; developing research intensity; and engaging the world. A number of institutional, faculty and/or student initiatives will be described as interesting examples of imaginative and innovative programs committed to active engagement locally and globally. In addition, some excellent examples of engagement in the global community will be provided that may also be applied more locally - in the regional community surrounding the university. Challenges that are faced by university faculty and staff while attempting to remain committed or increase commitment to more active engagement with the communities they serve -from local to regional to international- will also be discussed.

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CONAHEC's 12th North American Higher Education Conference - Monterrey 2008
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Join leaders and practitioners of higher education, business, government and students in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico for CONAHEC’s 12th North American Higher Education Conference! North Americans share many historical, cultural, and linguistic bonds and many common issues to face. With the signing of NAFTA in 1994, our region has become 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. Governmental and educational leaders acknowledge that higher education institutions in North America must be more proactive and offer students opportunities to gain international expertise by becoming more internationally oriented while strengthening local connections in their teaching, research and public service functions.More than a decade after NAFTA was launched, it is increasingly evident that our region cannot isolate itself, but must rather develop stronger and more productive linkages both internally and with other world regions. Higher education has an important role to play in connecting North America with the rest of the world. Together, we will revitalize the North American higher education collaborative agenda for the new political, economic and educational context in which we live today.