Strategic Plan International Goal and Initiatives

The Office of International Initiatives directs its initiatives and supports those of the academic units to achieve the international dimensions outlined in the university’s strategic plan.

Goal: Achieve Distinction in Globalizing the University

Georgia State will continue to engage in efforts to internationalize the university’s academic activities and establish sustained international relationships that further the education, research and scholarship of its students and faculty. This will require creating an institution that can attract talented scholars whose contributions are recognized worldwide in leading academic and policy forums. It also requires creation of student educational experiences and programs that prepare them to be successful in an increasingly interconnected and globally-oriented world.

Georgia State will lead in forming a global consortium of premier universities dedicated to addressing the issues of an increasingly urban world. This network will serve as the mechanism through which the university exchanges students, scholars, knowledge and best practices. The consortium will be a collaborative of select, premier city-based universities in major metropolitan areas around the world that can focus on common issues they face, as well as those that arise as they transition to megacities. The major activity of the Consortium will be to initiate long-term partnerships among members to engage students, faculty and staff in addressing issues of common importance. The Consortium will seek to engage Atlanta's international community organizations (consulates, bi-national chambers of commerce, etc.) as partners and sponsors for Consortium activities.
Global social and economic stability is dependent, in part, on the continued development of emerging nations. Georgia State will leverage and expand the expertise of its faculty to build interdisciplinary teams that focus on externally-funded research addressing the complex cultural, economic, legal, educational, medical and social issues facing emerging nations. As Georgia State moves to increase funding for these initiatives, a plan will be developed that proposes resources and strategies to be evaluated and implemented, as well as a structure to coordinate and increase visibility of projects
Georgia State will further internationalize its campus environment through a facility that brings greater visibility and coordination to international programs, activities and services. This facility will create opportunities for maximizing interaction of the campus community with international students and scholars, enable greater coordination among university international offices and programs, and provide meeting rooms for cultural events and workspace to accommodate international visitors, dignitaries and scholars, including representatives from the international consortium.
Georgia State can become the institution of choice for students from across the globe by leveraging current strengths in international studies and by putting new programs in place to enhance the global competency of students, faculty and staff. The university will establish educational objectives and provide resources necessary to help students develop the cultural competencies necessary to engage effectively with people, ideas and activities from other cultures. Examples of these objectives include (a) doubling the number of students who enroll in study abroad opportunities and expanding the study abroad program to include more semester-long opportunities; (b) introducing a Global Leadership Certificate program for undergraduates featuring interdisciplinary programs that combine comparative and international courses with professional experiences, as well as on- and off-campus extracurricular activities; and (c) commissioning a task force to assess requirements and identify efficient, contemporary ways of assisting students to gain multi-language and cultural proficiency.