Growing global opportunities
Resources, both financial and technological, made international learning a reality for more Oswego students, and a national institute rated our college higher than ever for sending students abroad.
Lindsay King, then a junior double majoring in global studies and communications, was the first to study in Beijing under Oswego’s new José Ramón Pérez Scholarship in 2013. “It challenged me in ways that I never thought possible,” King said. “I experienced an unfamiliar way of life and was able to adapt to new people, thoughts and ideas.”
“The global thinker is on all of our agendas, the global doer is the Oswego agenda.”
President and CEO, CAPA International Education
Named for the founding director of our international education programs, the new need-based scholarships are made possible by a gift from 1987 Oswego graduate John Christian. His own study abroad while enrolled at Oswego ultimately inspired his life’s work. Now president and chief executive officer of CAPA International Education, he interacts with universities and agencies all over the world, and the level of Oswego’s international activity continues to excite him. “The global thinker is on all of our agendas, the global doer is the Oswego agenda,” he said.
Christian and CAPA pledged nearly $200,000 over three years to foster international education at SUNY Oswego, including the Pérez Scholarships and other opportunities to infuse a global dimension into the teaching, learning and service mission of the college.
Scholarships funded by grants and gifts are one way Oswego is extending global opportunities to more students. King was one of about a hundred students for whom such aid made overseas experiences possible in 2012-13 and one of 249 Oswego students in all studying or doing research or internships overseas.
Oswego rose to No. 8 in the year’s Open Doors Report ranking master’s level institutions for mid-length study-abroad programs. The Institute of International Education report lists the top 20 colleges in various categories, and Oswego has repeatedly appeared on the lists.
Oswego joined SUNY’s COIL initiative — Collaborative Online International Learning — in 2012-13 with two initial courses and grants from SUNY to add more. The innovative format for experiential cross-cultural education gives students a way to interact with peers from another country short of traveling abroad.
Students in a women’s studies course engaged online with an international-management class in Lebanon. They worked collaboratively in small groups to create presentations on workplace conditions for fictional multinational firms. “They were extremely on top of their game even though they were a country away," one Oswego student said of her teammates in Lebanon. “They brought a lot of things to the table that I didn’t even expect.”
“Transhumanism,” Oswego’s second COIL course, linked students from Oswego and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. The Oswego students’ disciplines ranged from English to human-computer interaction, while the Australian class focused on digital narrative and creative writing. The students met via video streaming and produced three movies, with screenplays by the Australian students and filming by the Oswego students.
Several Oswego students, and two faculty members, went beyond the online collaboration when they traveled to Australia in May to continue work with the other class and explore Australian culture.
Our faculty continued to develop their global contacts to add study-abroad courses, intercultural online courses, Global Laboratory experiences and exchange opportunities for our students in 2012-13. And the college continued to develop resources to assist the international endeavors and aspirations of students and faculty.