Annual Review 2011: World Awareness
III. SUNY Oswego and the World
Building a Global Student Talent Pool
• SUNY Oswego's International Education Program reached new heights in 2010-11, enrolling the largest number of students in credit-bearing programs abroad on record. Enrollments in our credit-bearing study, internship, teaching and research programs abroad in 19 countries totaled 519 students, including 347 SUNY Oswego students. Notably, 20 percent of recent graduating seniors have studied abroad, and the rate of participation in study abroad has increased 103 percent increase since 2000. We offer unique study abroad options for regular full-year and semester visits as well as new, short-term programs that are undertaken through quarter courses, summer study, spring and winter break travel and study opportunities, and several additional options. Short-term opportunities included an anthropology archival research program to Bahamas, an Irish cinema course in Ireland and a geological research course in Iceland. This year, SUNY Oswego advanced our nearly decade-old partnership with the University of Havana, Cuba, by sending the largest number of students (16) ever. We also added new programs this year in Austria, Brazil, Congo, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Korea and Turkey. Additionally, SUNY Oswego negotiated a 2+2 agreement with Nanjing University of Science and Technology. Students will receive degrees from both NUST (ranked in the top-50 institutions in China) and SUNY Oswego.
• On average, Oswego annually enrolls 1,500 undergraduate students in our introductory level modern language and literature courses (French, German and Spanish). Enrollment in advanced undergraduate modern language courses is approximately 300 students per year.
• SUNY Oswego established Global Laboratories last year. In 2010-11 Oswego programs in developing areas of the world engaged students in rigorous course work and guided research in places where there is desperate need combined with challenging problems. Last year, meaningful faculty-led courses abroad included focusing on post-earthquake trauma studies in Haiti (8 students), human trafficking in India (7 students), and educational reform in Benin (8 students). Global Labs are now open to students enrolled in other SUNY institutions as well. This year, focus is on ecological threats in Brazil (8 students), human trafficking in India (7 students), medicinal plants in the Democratic Republic of Congo (1 student), marine ecology in Honduras (8 students), and geological research in Iceland (6 students). Supporting the Global Laboratories, SUNY Oswego has been awarded a $600,000 National Science Foundation SSTEM grant and a $160,000 NSF IRES grant. We also received $160,000 from NSF for research scholarships to Taiwan and $160,000 from Banco Santander for our placements in Brazil.
• In response to the devastation caused by the earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010, a group of Oswego professors organized a course "Ethno-Cultural Aspects of Trauma" and a 2011 visit to Haiti with graduate students. The group studied pervasive issues of trauma and worked with community leaders in Petit-Goave.
• SUNY Oswego students also traveled to Delhi and Hissar-Haryan in India in 2010 to teach and interact with some of the country's poorest children as they visited special schools designed to save the children from life in the slums. The short study-abroad course "Schools and Urban Society in a Global Context" partnered with the three schools of the Sankalp Society, a private effort led by Anupriya Chadha to help the most marginalized children access education that transforms their lives.
• Students from Hart Hall, SUNY Oswego's 350 student Global Living and Learning Center that opened in 1998, reached across borders in drives to collect clothing for displaced Iraqis and school supplies for children in Benin.
• Peace Corps Master's International: In 2010, Oswego became one of 6 colleges in the state designated to offer this degree program.
• Oswego Going Global: This group of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends is committed to developing a "new generation of scientifically and internationally skilled problem solvers."
Building a Global Faculty Talent Pool
• We have growing networks of faculty connections in South America, Asia, Africa, Antarctica and Australia working with our faculty and staff, especially with several of our approximately 60 international faculty, in the SUNY Oswego Global Laboratory initiative, preparing the next generation of diverse, engaged scholars to be scientifically and internationally skilled problem solvers.
• Dr. Ding Zhang, professor of marketing and management at SUNY Oswego, is engaged in research projects in China on urban transportation. His work in supply-chain management has resulted in the development of a mathematical model for supply chain vs. supply chain competition.
• Dr. Lisa Glidden in political science received a Chancellor's Award for Internationalization for her project on "Crafting Sustainable Communities," in Ecuador.
• Dr. Geraldine Forbes, SUNY Oswego distinguished teaching professor, was the Käthe Leichter Guest Professor in Gender Studies at the University of Vienna during summer 2011.
• SUNY Oswego has recently hosted Fulbright scholars from India, Australia and Hungary. Two of our professors have Fulbright awards for the coming academic year, one to India and one to Kenya. More Fulbright news.
• Visiting scholars funded by their countries spend a semester at Oswego's School of Business pursuing research and teaching. Oswego hosted 9 visiting scholars in 2010-11 from Turkey, China and Pakistan.
• SUNY Oswego offers a Summer Intensive English Program to 40 to 50 undergraduate and graduate students. In 2010, 35 students from Columbia, Japan, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic attended the six-week program with an additional 17 students from China attending the three-week program. In 2011, 58 students completed the program.
• We have increased our enrollment goals and stepped up our recruitment of international students, becoming an "opt-in" campus for agency recruitment through the SUNY Global Office of International Recruitment and hiring a full-time international recruiter in our Office of International Education and Programs.