Internationalization of curriculum provides an opportunity for faculty to infuse an international dimension into their courses and to share their project results with others online or through events and seminars. It has become increasingly important for students and faculty to develop a global perspective to effectively compete in a global economy.
Internationalizing the curriculum has many benefits including enlarging the pool of faculty and administrators conversant in international issues. Increased exposure to faculty with overseas knowledge and experience creates a greater awareness and interest on the part of students in world affairs. This exposure heightens awareness of diversity issues on campus for both faculty and students and opens the door to new ideas, research, and colleagues overseas.
In order for internationalization to succeed on at MCC, teaching faculty as well as administrators must be involved. Here are some resources that will assist with involving the teaching faculty in the process of Internationalization. Visit the CIEE's International Faculty Development Seminars website to learn about some great learning opportunities.
Consider joining the campus-wide Global Education Committee to get involved in internationalization initiatives. Internationalizing your curriculum fosters creativity and flexibility and can help prepare your students to be aware of global issues. Additional benefits include engaging your students in authentic, critical global & international issues that develops skills, global perspectives, and attitudes.
If you are interested in incorporating international components in your classes, review the syllabi from faculty at Portland Community College to learn how international studies are being integrated into their courses of study.