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President Donald R. Eastman III

Strategic Planning Recommendations

Addendum 2: Center for International and Global Studies

A. Introduction and Rationale.
A strategic priority for Eckerd College is to provide our students with opportunities for the development of knowledge about specific cultures, regions, nations, ecologies, theories, discourses, and languages in a time of unprecedented globalization. We must aim to produce students skillful in analyzing and understanding complex global problems and able to assume leadership in a multi-civilizational yet interconnected world. Traditional liberal arts education in America is faced with the reality of the growing transnationalization of human life. An overriding priority for our college is to be in the vanguard of the movement to globalize the liberal arts curriculum.

B. Internal Strengths.
Strong international programs, disciplines, and aspects of life at EC, including:

  • Four majors--International Relations & Global Affairs (IRGA), International Business (IB), International Studies, and East Asian Studies. In 2002, more EC students were graduated in IRGA/IB (49) than in Marine Science (37).
  • International Education and the London Study Centre. Sixty percent of all students at EC travel abroad during their college career. Nationally, EC is ranked #1 among all baccalaureate institutions, with the highest proportion of students who study abroad during their undergraduate career.
  • International Students, with an overall international enrollment of approximately 12%.
  • A well-established "Diplomat in Residence" program.
  • Foreign language instruction in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese; an ELS program on campus that attracts students from around the world.

C. External Opportunities.
New technologies and world events demonstrate the many ways in which our world is shrinking. We no longer have the option not to "globalize the curriculum." Global economic chaos, 9/11, SARS, and environmental vulnerability all dramatically demonstrate the importance of seeking global knowledge and global approaches to national problems. The parent/student demand for global/international courses can only grow.

Small liberal arts colleges similar to Eckerd have developed successful international/global "centers" (e.g., Macalester College, Colby College); however, in the Southeastern United States, we would be the only liberal arts colleges offering a global center of this magnitude. As the successful funding of our East Asian Studies program demonstrates, there are external opportunities for funding global studies programs and study abroad courses.

D. Ideas for Implementation.
Locate at the Center: Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and Human Rights; Institute for the Study of International Business and Ecological Sustainability; Office of International Education; Office of International Students/International Student Association.

Center Activities:

  1. Nobel Peace Prize Lecture Series: Yearly address at EC by a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (Eli Weisel, Jose Ramos Horta, Doctors without Borders, and so on).
  2. Colonel Christian and Edna March International Relations Lecture Series.
  3. The Eckerd College International Roundtable: An "intellectual festival" convened yearly at the College on key issues of transnational significance. The Center will commission a set of essays from seasoned scholars. These essays will become the center of debate and discussion on campus. Each of the essays will receive public responses from an Eckerd student and faculty member. Roundtable discussions will be held to further the dialogue. The commissioned essays and responses will then be published. The Roundtable can be a joint activity with the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs.
  4. International Internships: Through CALA, create a clearinghouse for International internships/service-learning opportunities, in international business, international organizations, foreign service, and nongovernmental organizations.

3. Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and Human Rights (IDHR)

  1. The IDHR is dedicated to the study of the key ethical dilemmas confronting the global community in the 21st century, including: the protection and promotion of internationally recognized human rights; "just war" and norms governing the use of force; international conflict resolution and non-violent strategies to manage conflict; international law and international organization.
  2. Classes and seminars held yearly (WT and Spring into Summer) at the United Nations in NYC and Geneva, Switzerland.
  3. EC International Academy in London: Hold classes every summer at the EC London Study Centre on human rights and diplomacy in collaboration with the London International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Royal Institute of International Affairs.
  4. Expand "Diplomats in Residence" and create "I.R. Scholars in Residence."
  5. Create a Human Rights Fellow program. Bring to EC a human rights expert to teach at our college, for example, a human rights lawyer from Bosnia or Turkey.

4. Institute for the Study of International Business and Ecological Sustainability (IBES)

  1. The IBES is dedicated to promoting a better understanding of how societies can pursue their economic and community goals in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner. Programming at the Center will explore the importance of environment and resource issues in relation to national patterns of economic development and ecological balance.
  2. Classes held yearly (WT or Spring into Summer) at the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya, and the semester in Asia program.
  3. Environment Scholar in Residence: Bring to EC an environmental expert to teach and participate in the life of the college (e.g., a staff member from the World Wide Fund for Nature or the UNEP).
  4. Expand programming on the development of understanding and leadership on cross cultural issues in business and community life.
  5. Continue to develop our "Semester in Asia" program, with a focus on the cultural approaches to international business.