Lakeland College is one of 16 U.S. colleges and universities selected by the Institute of International Education (IIE) for the 2013-2014 Brazil initiative of IIE's International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP).
Lakeland will participate in a year-long program comprised of training activities designed to assist in implementing and sustaining partnerships with counterparts in Brazil. The program includes a week-long study tour to Brazil in spring 2014 to learn first-hand about the Brazilian higher education system and meet with potential partner campuses.
A 10-member steering committee at Lakeland has adopted the following as Lakeland's expected outcomes:
- Create university partnerships in Brazil for both short term and long term study abroad options for Lakeland students.
- Recruit more Brazilian students to attend Lakeland and therefore educate U.S. students about Brazil and its culture.
- Connect what is happening in Brazil with Lakeland College's faculty expertise. Associate Professor of History Krista Feinberg is teaching a course this spring on the history of modern Brazil, and Lakeland's biology faculty are interested in tropical biology in Brazil.
- Help achieve the college's goal to internationalize the campus, and have a strategic plan related to Brazil.
"For decades, Lakeland has made a strong commitment to international education," said Interim President Dan Eck. "Creating a strong presence in Brazil complements our existing international programs and presents new study abroad opportunities for our students."
This semester, Lakeland has 75 international students from 13 countries enrolled at its main campus in Sheboygan County.
Since 1990, Lakeland has operated a two-year campus in Tokyo, Japan, and Lakeland has sister school relationships with the following institutions:
- Koje College and Ansan University in Korea
- East China Institute of Technology and Shanghai Finance University in China
- Universität Kassel and (beginning next year) the Erfurt University of Applied Sciences in Germany
- Universidad Reformada in Colombia
- The University of Luxembourg in Luxembourg
The other participating U.S. campuses in the Brazil Initiative are: Dartmouth College, Farleigh Dickinson University, The City of New York's Lehman College, Medaille College, Rice University, Stetson University, Troy University, University of Arizona, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Wisconsin-Stout, University of Wisconsin- Whitewater, Wayne State University and Western New Mexico University.
IIE's Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education will guide the campus representatives through a strategic planning process in the current academic year geared towards establishing partnerships with institutions in Brazil. This group will also have the opportunity to benefit from the experiences of previous delegations of high-level officials who represented 14 U.S. higher education institutions in 2013 and 18 additional institutions in 2012.
"Higher education stands to play a vital role in Brazil" said IIE's President and CEO Allan E. Goodman, "and educational partnerships between the US and Brazil will help build Brazil's intellectual capital while fostering key institutional partnerships between the two nations."
These partnership programs offer timely resources for campuses in both countries to explore areas of academic cooperation, including exchanging students and scholars and collaborating on research projects and degree programs.
Over the past few years, both the U.S. Department of State and the government of Brazil have emphasized the importance of educational collaboration. Continued cooperation between the two countries is evidenced by the expansion of the Fulbright and Brazil Scientific Mobility programs, the addition of English, a new language immersion program in Brazil, and the ongoing alliance in the US-Brazil Joint Action Plan on Racial Equality.
Brazil has become increasingly important to US higher education with the creation of the Brazil Science Mobility Program (BSMP) by the Brazilian government in 2011. This multiyear initiative will send 75,000 fully funded Brazilian students abroad for training in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, with an additional 25,000 scholarships to be funded by the private sector.
Working with the Fulbright Commission, Brazil's Ministry of Education, Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), IIE has placed more than 6,000 undergraduate students from Brazil at 349 U.S. colleges and universities since the program's start, and a projected 7,370 students will receive scholarships to study at U.S. institutions in 2014.
Institute of International Education
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