The Queens College Office of
Global Education Initiatives (OGEI) supports the college’s commitment to international
education and global engagement. As part of a network of international educators on campus, OGEI focuses on faculty, students, and curriculum to construct an educational environment that prepares students to compete in a global society. Today,
a rapidly changing global context requires that institutions of higher learning
take on the responsibility of being at the forefront in the production of new
knowledge and in the provision of an educational system that addresses the
processes of global change and their implications for human lives.
To that end, OGEI leads the college's effort to internationalize the curriculum at home and expand existing
Education Abroad and Student Exchange programs, internships abroad, and service learning programs abroad. We develop new Queens College faculty-led study
abroad courses and semester- and year-long study abroad programs with
university partners and providers. Student and faculty recruitment for our programs
is a priority at high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels. Through existing international university partners, we strengthen course offerings and research collaborations, and build scholarships. We host visits by their faculty and administrators to campus. We also create new international partnerships along with new initiatives based on faculty connections and common curricular goals.
On campus, OGEI works with the
steering committees for Queens College “Year of” programs to address
international programming needs. We recruit
faculty interested in teaching abroad, and coordinate with faculty in departments on campus regarding
curriculum design to focus on global issues. Queens College is currently developing a
strategy for comprehensive internationalization under the guidance of the
American Council of Education. The college is a member of the 2014-2016 cohort
of institutions participating in the program that guides universities through
the process of forming an internationalization leadership team on campus,
reviewing current internationalization activities to clarify institutional
goals, and developing a strategic action plan based on an analysis of current
activities on campus.