Mason Joins State Department’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas Program

Posted: April 17, 2014 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: April 18, 2014 at 7:06 am

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By Zayna N. Bizri, Office of Global and International Strategies

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Instituto Tecnólogico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. Photo from Creative Commons Monterrey

The U.S. Department of State recently selected George Mason University to help launch the 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative to increase study-abroad opportunities in the Western Hemisphere.

George Mason received the award in conjunction with the Instituto Tecnólogico y de Estudios  Superiores de Monterrey (Monterrey Tec) to enable students at both institutions to study abroad to increase their understanding of global issues.

Mason and Monterrey Tec will create a globally networked course to be offered this fall. Faculty will visit the partner institution and collaborate in course development.

Mason has selected Mahesh P. Joshi, director of the innovation and entrepreneurship program for the School of Management, to teach the Mason portion.

“Mason is a hidden gem when it comes to developing and delivering innovation and entrepreneurship to students,” Joshi says. “This grant adds to many programs that are already conducted that boost the entrepreneurial spirit of our students and community at large. This grant will help Mason become the leading name when folks across the globe explore innovation process and entrepreneurial activities.”

Some classes will take place synchronously, with video-conferenced lectures and discussion groups, and enrolled students will have the opportunity to participate in an exchange visit. The proposed course focuses on global entrepreneurship and social change, important themes for both Mason and Monterrey Tec.

The Mason and Monterrey Tec teams hope the cultural exchange, in which students will become familiar with the other school and its offerings and faculty, will spur interest in studying abroad.

“Deepening the relationship between Mason and Monterrey Tec is an important goal in its own right,” says Anne Schiller, Mason’s vice president for global and international strategies. “We look forward to exploring a new model for partnership whereby Mason and Monterrey Tec can establish small but enduring presences on one another’s campuses to facilitate future collaborations.”

Mason’s Office of Global and International Strategies will assist in overseeing course development and the new study-abroad opportunities that come with it.

Susan Graziano, Mason’s global grants coordinator, and Min Park, assistant vice president for international campus operations, worked to bring the grant to Mason.

“The timing is ideal, as Mason was also just selected as a leading partner in the Generation Study Abroad initiative to increase student global mobility,” Graziano says.

Write to Robin Herron at rherron@gmu.edu

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