KEY IDEA #3: Virginia Tech seeks to engage globally
Virginia Tech, its students and professors respectively, operates in a world where national boundaries become increasingly permeable. Moreover, the world is undergoing significant demographic shifts: Asia’s population, and more importantly its economic influence, is growing dramatically, while such growth in Africa, Europe (particularly Eastern Europe) and South America is more moderate. Because little growth is anticipated in North America, it can be anticipated that student bodies and the professoriate of leading universities will become increasingly international.In addition, research projects – including the professors and students who conduct research projects – as well as
institutions who sponsor those research projects become increasingly international as well.
• Each academic department establishes and/or expands its own exchange programs with universities located in other continents. Virginia Tech undergraduate students are encouraged to enroll at those partner-universities, while undergraduate students of those partner-universities study at Virginia Tech.
• Virginia Tech promotes and supports that each academic department establishes and/or expands exchanges for its professors and the professors of its partner-universities
• Each academic department partners with international institutions, corporations, and other international organizations and establishes internships for undergraduate students
- Promote and support opportunities for undergraduate students to engage with international graduate students and faculty members here on the Blacksburg campus, as well as connect with international student organizations engaged in outreach and education.
- Federal and state regulations
- Study abroad exchanges in academic settings demand financial recourses
- Inability to operate successfully in other countries with different customs and traditions
- The first impediment to engage globally is often the lack of foreign language ability
By means of operating internationally, Virginia Tech, its students and professors respectively, positions itself to increase its relevance in education and research globally. Virginia Tech positions itself to react to major demographic, economic, and cultural shifts.