Who Are We?

The Global Perspectives Program (GPP) was developed in 2005 by the Virginia Tech Graduate School and offered through Virginia Tech’s educational facility in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. The VT Future Professoriate Program stands as an example through which the study abroad (Global Perspectives Program) and study-at-home (GRAD 5104, GRAD 5114) portions to prepare future faculty members with a global perspective of higher education. During the GPP trip, participants gather first hand knowledge about higher education in Europe through our (a) visits to important Swiss, French, German, and Italian universities, (b) discussions with various faculty, administrators, and students, and (c) dialogue among the group members. An important part of Virginia Tech’s Transformative Graduate Education (TGE) initiative, GPP enables graduate students to examine differences in academic practices worldwide and to develop innovative and effective approaches that foster international awareness and education. Through the GPP experience, we will each enhance our knowledge and understanding of global higher education, gain a cultural understanding of the contexts for higher education in Europe, engage with new colleagues for our professional endeavors, and grow as globally-situated individuals.

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