Webster President Presents on Internationalization at CIC Presidents Institute

| January 9, 2013
Council of Independent Colleges

CIC is the major national service organization for small and mid-sized, independent, liberal arts colleges and universities in the U.S.

Webster University President Beth Stroble delivered a presentation to a standing-room-only audience at the Council of Independent Colleges 2013 Presidents Institute Jan. 4-7 in Palm Harbor, Fla. The CIC’s Presidents Institute is the largest annual meeting of independent college presidents in the country.

During a session titled “International Considerations: Branch Campuses, Strategic Partnerships and Risk Management,” Stroble provided a comprehensive look at Webster’s internationalization efforts that have made it a truly global university.

“We have established international campuses where we can most effectively align with businesses, agencies and governments to meet educational needs and build capacity in local communities,” she said. “It is in this spirit that we are a truly global university serving and connecting communities around the world.”

Being global is more than a slogan. Stroble discussed Webster’s complex interconnectivity among academic and operational initiatives in student and employee mobility, academic programs, partnerships and funding – all integral to Webster’s developing comprehensive internationalization approach.

“It is increasingly important to build relationships with colleagues around the world,” she said. “We seek complementary and mutually beneficial partnerships with international universities and often find that conversations at globally focused conferences provide a natural starting place for fruitful conversations.”

She concluded with an invitation to college presidents attending the session to join the University’s WINS network as a means of providing high quality, secure and affordable study abroad experiences for their students and faculty at Webster’s international campuses.

Joining President Stroble for the presentation were David G. Horner, president of the American College of Greece, who spoke about that institution’s new global internship program for students; and Utica College President Todd S. Hutton, who focused on risk management in setting up international campuses and the due diligence required in such initiatives.

Click here to view the slides [PDF] from her presentation.

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