Spreading the Word: Webster as Leader in International Education

| June 7, 2013
President Beth Stroble welcomes NAFSA attendees before Kofi Annon's

President Stroble welcomed attendees to St. Louis before Kofi Annon spoke at last month’s NAFSA conference. The University hosted several events and presentations that week that help get the word out to peers about Webster’s leadership in international education.

Webster University’s lead presence at the NAFSA conference last week was the latest event that placed the University at the forefront of conversations on international education.

CIC: Webster as a Model for Internationalization

The Council of Independent Colleges invited President Stroble to present at its conference earlier this year in a session titled, “International Considerations: Branch Campuses, Strategic Partnerships, and Risk Management.”

The recap of the session in the CIC newsletter includes the following:

For truly ambitious presidents, Webster University (MO) serves as a successful model. President Elizabeth Stroble said that for decades comprehensive internationalization has been at the core of the university’s “strategic prism” to serve students, enhance the institution’s reputation, and invest in human resources resulting in eight international campuses in Europe, Asia, and soon Africa.

As a result, Webster students enjoy considerable international opportunities aided by travel support programs and such initiatives as Freshman Fly Free. They study an intensely internationalized core curriculum that provides global components to all undergraduate academic programs. To succeed in establishing comprehensive internationalization, Stroble recommended that college leaders “seek and nurture international partnerships…and be willing to log airline miles that are similar to a secretary of state.”

Webster: Smart Business in St. Louis

The cover story of the May issue of Smart Business St. Louis featured President Beth Stroble and Webster’s international development. Some excerpts:

During the expansion of America, St. Louis was indeed a “Gateway to the West.”

“[Today,] I would say the slogan could be reversed as well; the world needs to see St. Louis as a gateway,” Stroble says.

As president, Stroble has been finding ways to continue to expand the institution’s presence globally in an effort to provide students with a more diverse curriculum that not only benefits them, but the businesses and communities that those students then work and live in.


“What I learned since I arrived here was that Webster University has a tremendous history of being globally excellent with room to grow the global excellence,” Stroble says. “It’s highly innovative and entrepreneurial and its mission, going back to its founding, was to meet an unmet need.”

Copies of the magazine were made available to the estimated 8,000 global educators who were in town from across the globe for the NAFSA conference, where President Stroble addressed attendees at multiple events and shared insight into Webster’s with this international audience.

Read the full article here.

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