Dedicated to Expanding Global Perspectives
Miami Dade College is partnering with a select group of U.S. colleges and universities for Generation Study Abroad, a five-year initiative launched by the Institute of International Education (IIE) with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade.
“Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise,” said IIE President Dr. Allan Goodman. “Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders.”
Less Than One in 10
According to Open Doors 2013, a report published by IIE in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 295,000 American college students studied abroad in credit-bearing and noncredit programs in the 2011-12 academic school year. That’s less than 10 percent of the 2.6 million students graduating with associate or baccalaureate degrees each year.
Generation Study Abroad seeks to address that small percentage by bringing together employers, governments, associations and institutions to build on current best practices and find new ways to extend study abroad opportunities to tens of thousands of college students.
IIE is investing $2 million in Generation Study Abroad, including five to 10 grants each year to institutions that demonstrate outstanding progress, to be used for study abroad scholarships for students. In addition, IIE will provide study abroad resources, including access to annual meetings and webinars, discounted e-book licenses and more.
Meeting Workforce Demands
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and several foreign governments, as well as key higher education associations and study abroad provider organizations, have also pledged to support the goals of the initiative. Recognizing the importance of an internationally focused workforce, IIE is also actively seeking the participation and support of corporations, along with that of leaders in the business community.
“This is an outstanding opportunity for MDC students,” said Joanne Michaud, program manager for MDC’s Office of International Education. “Miami Dade College already has exchange programs to universities in countries ranging from Costa Rica to Indonesia, and this new initiative will build upon these strong ties.”