Global Learning in the STEM Fields

 

Working Together to Internationalize Higher Education

Research, initiatives, and innovations in the STEM fields are as diverse as they are global. As science, technology, engineering, and mathematics emerge as key disciplines driving innovation and change in the twenty-first century, it becomes ever more imperative to establish core competencies and metrics for what makes global-ready graduates. However, the challenges of internationalizing curricula, identifying specific approaches to collaboration, and developing strategies and processes for exchange remain.

As part of our comprehensive internationalization efforts, this page will provide information and resources for deans, faculty members, senior international officers, and program directors working to internationalize their curriculum.

Upcoming Events

Architecture for Global Learning
Architecture for Global Learning is an online professional enrichment series developed by NAFSA to help faculty, scholars and administrators strengthen their understanding of global learning and develop their capacity for translating mission-driven institutional global learning goals into concrete curricular and co-curricular experiences that are flexible, rigorous, and relevant to students.

Series II will consist of six, 60-minute e-Seminars delivered throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. Series II will include presentations and discussions with noted scholars, researchers, and practitioners focusing on responding to nationalism and xenophobia, the STEAM'D disciplines, foreign language teaching, assessment, and more.

NAFSA Research Symposium
April 6, 2018 | Washington, D.C.
NAFSA Research Symposium events serve the research community in the field of international education and related disciplines by providing researchers and scholars the opportunity to share their work in academic and professional environment and participate in a critical discussion of the theories, methodologies, and practices being used in their research. As such, the Research Symposium is considered relevant to international education researchers at every stage of their career - graduate students, post-docs, faculty members and practitioners. Research Symposium events are held in the spring and fall, with the next event during being held at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Global Learning Colloquium: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Design (STEAM'D)
May 31, 2018 | Philadelphia, PA
Innovative technological advances (e.g. machine-learning, biogenomics, and renewable energy) provide potential solutions to 21st century challenges, but must be developed with an understanding of the ways in which these technologies may affect changing populations and social structures. This colloquium will provide examples of how high-impact global learning approaches can be integrated throughout Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Design (STEAM'D) education to develop global competencies and cross-cultural communication skills to address these unprecedented opportunities and challenges. Experts will provide insights on how to equip students with a greater ability to think creatively and approach complex, interconnected global problems with more holistic understanding that meets the growing demand for broad-based skills in the world and the marketplace. 

Recent Events

NAFSA Research Symposium 

November 17, 2017 | Washington, D.C.

NAFSA's third Research Symposium - A Critical Discussion of Theories, Methodologies, and Practices in International Education - provided researchers and scholars in the field of international education and related disciplines the opportunity to share their work in an academic and professional environment, as well as participate in a critical discussion of the theories, methodologies, and practices being used in their research. Developed as a resource for scholars and practitioners, the NAFSA Research Symposium Series presents a compilation of original and innovative research in international education. 

Global Learning Colloquium on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Design (STEAM’D):A Cross-Disciplinary Approach
May 31, 2017 | Los Angeles, CA
Comprehensive cross-disciplinary programming design within curricula is critically important in order to prepare graduates for the complexities of work in our increasingly interconnected societies. As science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) emerge as key drivers of innovation and change in the twenty-first century, it becomes imperative to integrate the complementary fields of art and design into STEM programming.

At this event, participants discussed strategies for incorporating cross-cultural and global perspectives into curriculum. Experts in the field presented powerful examples of cross-disciplinary programming integrating these perspectives. Participants explored strategies and techniques to internationalize STEAM'D education through the development of international partnerships, exchange programs, and the integration of other high-impact experiences into curricula. View the agenda and materials.

2016 Global Learning Colloquium for the STEM Fields: Strategic Curricular Frameworks for Intercultural and Global Competence
June 1, 2016 | Denver, CO
As these STEM disciplines emerge as key drivers of innovation and change in the 21st century, the imperative grows to establish core competencies and metrics for what makes global-ready graduates. Participants will work with expert facilitators and in small groups to share strategies to lift up the global contexts of STEM education.

Meet a Thought Leader

Sigrid Berka, PhD, serves as executive director of the International Engineering Program (IEP) at the University of Rhode Island, where she is also director of German and Chinese IEPs. She is responsible for building academic programs with exchange partners abroad, providing internship placements for dual-degree students, developing corporate relations, and fundraising.

Berka also serves on the provost's global task force and previously served as managing director of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) German exchange, where she built an innovative program providing internships and workshops for MIT students in German companies and research institutes. Berka served as MIT delegate for the Global Excellence Initiative, a worldwide consortium of top engineering schools, with the mission to educate the “global engineer.” She is a native of Germany and holds a Staatsexamen in German literature, philosophy, and education from RWTH Aachen and a PhD in German studies from the University of California-Santa Barbara.

NAFSA Resources

Explore the following NAFSA resources on internationalizing the STEM fields:

Additional Resources

Explore additional resources on internationalizing the STEM fields published in recent journals and presented in other academic and professional forums.

 

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