To become one of the top three public research universities in the world, the University of
Minnesota must become a global university. This demands that internationalization, diversity,
and academic excellence be inextricable intertwined and central to the University’s core mission.
Two critical trends make the internationalization of the university a necessity. We live in an
increasingly internationalized world. As the world is becoming internationalized, so too is the
production of knowledge to understand that world. These twin trends have major implications for
the University’s identity and mission – it must develop a global orientation and realize its place
in a developing global network of engagement and scholarship. The University must be situated
to provide expertise for practical action in fostering global social and economic change.
Documents (final report and executive summary) providing recommendations to forge a truly international university by increasing student and faculty support, develop an international network, increase technology and infrastructure and improve curricular development in favor of international integration.
Isaacman, Allen; Okediji, Ruth.
Transforming the University: Systemwide Academic Task Force on Forging an International University.
University of Minnesota.
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