The April 2020 establishment of the Center for Global Engagement (CGE) at the University of Michigan-Flint marks the beginning of a new era for international activity and global learning. A combination of what was formerly the International Center and the Office of Education Abroad, the reorganization within the areas that engage with international and global activities heralds the coming of new possibilities and exciting opportunities for the students, faculty, and staff of UMF.
The CGE is positioned to create closer lines of communication between overlapping areas of international activities and create a centralized location for those activities to take place. Coinciding with the Chancellor’s Project 2020 for repositioning UMF for the next 20 years by increasing recruitment, retention, and graduation; and developing new programs aligned with the market demands and job placement, the CGE will be a key partner for:
- enhancing recruitment domestically and abroad,
- supporting retention by providing meaningful global engagement embedded in the curriculum and co-curriculum, and
- aligning curriculum to deliver the in-demand skills of today’s job market: global communication skills, cultural understanding, socio-political and economic insights, self-initiative, and global perspectives.
The creation of a central hub to guide and organize these international activities and global learning, begs the question, What next? Establishing a center for activity is an important first step, the next steps will provide a strategic plan for comprehensive internationalization and an apparatus for promoting and maintaining cross-campus involvement. Contact Sarah Pattison (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Associate Director for Global Engagement, to learn more about how you can get involved in this exciting initiative to expand global engagement at UMF.