Building on Our Success
Kent State Internationalization Symposium 2016

Friday, April 1, 2016, 8:15 am
Kent State Hotel and Conference Center

Kent State Symposium 2016

The past three years has been an exciting time for the internationalization of Kent State University. During that time, international student enrollment increased 55% to roughly 3,000 students representing 110 countries. In addition, our reputation has become well recognized abroad, strategic partnerships have been developed and the entire Kent State community has begun to embrace our globalization. 

The internationalization of our university is creating both new opportunities and new challenges. The present situation requires us to carefully evaluate our current position and to put steps in place to ensure that we keep moving forward. In the meantime, we need to prepare for long-term, sustainable growth as well as to address the inevitable cultural shift that accompanies this rapid transformation. We are at the critical juncture where Kent State has the opportunity to embed internationalization into all parts of its mission, which will create a distinctive identity and reputation. Thus, we have scheduled an Internationalization Symposium - Building on Our Success - for April 1, 2016 at the Kent State Conference Center in downtown Kent.

Internationalization is not a topic reserved solely for Kent State.  In order to be competitive in the 21st century, universities across the country and indeed the world are grappling with this issue and rapidly introducing policies and procedures to transform themselves into global institutions.  There is not a “one size fits all” model that we can simply apply to our situation.  But rather, Kent State must look at trends, benchmark peer institutions and apply best practices to conform to our unique identity.

What does this mean for Kent State?  How do we ensure that the university prioritizes and advances the cultural competency of students, faculty and staff? How do we successfully implement a plan to benefit all students?  What specific strategies need to be put into place? What programming could be developed to encourage domestic and international student dialogue?  The university must look critically at these questions and be willing to have constructive conversation on how to implement a comprehensive strategy to fully achieve the internationalization vision.