Managing Internationalization Through Public-Private Partnerships
The University of South Carolina (USC) has recently adopted a strategic plan for internationalization. This plan is called Circling the Globe. In doing so, we aim to fulfill the University’s Focus Carolina Strategic Plan (December 2011), which directly targets a “Focus on Global Competitiveness” through “developing relationships with universities and governments,” increasing the number of students who study abroad, increasing international enrollments, and “fostering intercultural understanding.” By “circling the globe,” we designate an integrated and mutually reinforcing vision of four major elements that constitute the means for achieving comprehensive internationalization: (1) international recruitment and retention of a highly talented and diverse student body, faculty, and staff, (2) the promotion of international education through a rich set of offerings including study abroad opportunities for our own students as well as online and hybrid educational opportunities for students around the world, (3) the development of international living-learning communities on campus open to all students, and (4) the development and implementation of a comprehensive global curriculum. As we move forward, we have recognized that we can only fully implement this strategy through the strategic deployment of public-private partnerships.
KeywordsInternationalization Recruitment Retention Partnerships
- Defined as students who are not US citizens or permanent residents. Open Doors 2014: Report on International Education Exchange. (2014). Washington, DC: Institute of International Education.Google Scholar