News

April 24, 2012
 

Queens College Leads Charge on Global Education

More articles by »
Written by: admin

The Office of Global Education Initiatives, which supervises the Study Abroad Program, is expanding to recruit more students and offer more countries to visit.

OGEI takes on the duties of making agreements and partnerships with international schools, selecting and exchanging faculty internationally and working to acquire grants and scholarships for students looking to travel abroad. The office looks to streamline the process of allowing students to study abroad as well as make available new opportunities for students and faculty in global education.

“I think it’s a very rich experience for them and every student I’ve ever known that went [abroad] the way they talk, it just really changes them,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement Sue Henderson. “[We’re] trying to make our students more marketable.”

In 2006, the Study Abroad office opened with only 46 students traveling. That number steadily grew over the years, with now more than 400 students, according to the Acting Director of Education Abroad, Mohamed Tabrani. With the help of OGEI, that number is expected to skyrocket in the next three years due to their aggressive marketing campaigns and efforts to garner new scholarships.

The Office of Global Education Initiatives is located in Kiely 179. Photo by Dana Amrami

Since it opened in November 2011, OGEI has made close ties to many of the departments in the Queens College community, including Study Abroad, English as a Second Language, Student Affairs and Foreign Languages. Using these relationships, OGEI will coordinate a variety of interdisciplinary events for students and faculty looking for global studies.

OGEI works to make sure QC is not one of many CUNY schools lacking in the department of international education.

“We’re working to be the trailblazer at CUNY for international education,” said Director of the OGEI department, Helen Gaudette.

This deficit is partially due to recent budget- related constraints on CUNY. The next three years come with the promise of no budget cuts and with that may come additional opportunities for global learning both at QC and throughout CUNY.

Last year OGEI helped QC get accepted into The International Academic Partnership Program for Brazil and this year Baruch College is following the lead of QC and applying as well. In the short time that OGEI has operated, they have instituted new scholarships including the Ben-Gurion University scholarship, which awards $7,500 to four students looking to study abroad in Israel.

Additionally, QC is the only CUNY school to apply for the department of state capacity building grant, which awards approximately $1.8 million toward the development of undergraduate study abroad programs.

OGEI continues to work to keep global educations programs well-funded for students and faculty.

 



About the Author

admin




Advertisement
 
 

 
 

Discussion focuses on the topic of women, harassment and technology

The Women and Gender Studies department hosted an event titled “Women, Technology and Internet Culture” on March 16 in the Student Union. The event dealt with issues such as women in the field of computer science, women in ...
by Aditi Rai
 

 
 
 

Panel stresses need and support of women in STEM fields

The Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding hosted an event titled Women and the Sciences March 11. A panel of women including CUNY students and professors discussed the challenges women face in STEM, an acronym f...
by Candice Samuels
 

 
 
Photo by Brandon Jordan

SFC candidate hopes to give back to QC community

Christopher Labial describes his youthful self as a “military brat.” Growing up in a military family, he went to international school and first studied in the U.S. in 2008 at Benjamin Cardozo High School. Now he is the Pres...
by Brandon Jordan
 

 

 
Photo by Brandon Jordan

IA candidate challenges incumbent party over policies and transparency

Junior Mohammed Hassan is the presidential nominee of Independent Alliance, which was formed last April by students and former members and officials of Students for Change and United People, to create major changes on campus. ...
by Brandon Jordan
 

 
Advertisement
 
Photo by Amanda Goldstein
On March 22, the MTA increased the fare from Metrocards from $2.50 to $2.75

MTA increases fare despite public outcry

The MTA increased subway and bus fares by a quarter on March 22, making the per-ride cost rise to $2.75. The Queens College campus, located in one of the most diverse boroughs of New York, is a well-known commuter school where ...
by Yarah Shabana
 

 




Advertisement