2013 Colloquium on Internationalization and Sustainability

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Internationalization in Sustainability-Focused Degree Programs

Friday, May 31, 2013
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
St. Louis, Missouri

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The problems facing students in the next generation do not fall into the larger institutional and societal categories of business, social, economic, and political systems, but rather cut across these systems, institutions, states, and nations. These problems require global thinking and the ability to work with a diversity of individuals. College graduates entering the workforce need not only multidisciplinary skills, but the intercultural skills to work on these global issues.

Sustainability focused degree programs provide a way for universities to build collaborations across disciplines and between institutions. By focusing on problems to be addressed and solved, rather than on discipline-specific knowledge to learn, students are able to shift their thinking from a singular outlook to a more pluralistic and global perspective. This also requires faculty to work with others in different disciplines within their own institutions as well as individuals within their disciplines at other institutions. As such, there is an inherent global component within these programs.

NAFSA’s inaugural colloquium on internationalization and sustainability will bring together leaders in the field of sustainability to discuss and define the global competencies and skills we want to cultivate in students, and the ways for faculty to help students achieve this.


You Should Attend

  • If you are a dean, faculty member, senior international officer, or program director from a school or college of sustainability and their partnering disciplines.
  • If you are charged with developing strategic internationalization plans or incorporating a global perspective into the curriculum.
  • If you work in the study abroad office and want to network with colleagues preparing future sustainably-focused professionals.
  • If you want to understand more about the intersection of sustainability studies and international education.

What you will gain from participating

  • Understanding of the link between sustainability programs and efforts to internationalize the curriculum.
  • Familiarity with the challenges and opportunities that emerge from efforts to internationalize the curriculum in these programs.
  • Strategies to build international understandings in sustainability programs.
  • Models of successful programs and why are they successful.
  • Examples of desired outcomes for students, faculty, and staff, including the kinds of support mechanisms needed to help faculty internationalize.
  • Strategies for keeping international experiences academically focused and scientifically rigorous.

We will end the day with the following question: "What are the global competencies and skills we want to cultivate in students?”

Relevant Sessions

Be sure to add these sessions to your agenda!

Day Start End Title
Wednesday 2:45 p.m. 3:45 p.m. Ethical Challenges, Standards, and Guidelines for Interning and Volunteering Abroad in Developing Nations
Wednesday 2:45 p.m. 3:45 p.m. Sustainability MIG
Thursday 2:00 p.m. 3:15 p.m. Engaging and Growing Fulbright and Peace Corps Volunteer Alumni: Lesson Learned
Friday 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Curriculum Integration of Education Abroad: Introducing NAFSA's New E-Publication

Agenda & Presenters


NAFSA thanks AT&T, Enterprise Holdings, Saint Louis University Center for Sustainability, and William A. Kerr Foundation for their generous support of the colloquium.

NAFSA also thanks our partner organization, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) for its generous support of the colloquium.