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Penelope Pynes, Associate Provost, International Programs


Welcome to the 2013-14 academic year! Here at IPC, the semester has had a busy start in terms of all things international.

Last spring, UNCG selected “Global Engagement” as its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) topic as part of the university’s accreditation reaffirmation process. In choosing this plan, UNCG has further affirmed its commitment to strengthening internationalization on our campus. By including global engagement as a part of every student’s learning experience here at UNCG, we will prepare our graduates to enter into the global environment in which we live. We are currently hard at work on the plan’s development, and we look forward to its implementation next academic year.

Meanwhile, IPC will be continuing its efforts to conduct stimulating activities to engage our students, faculty, and staff in international initiatives. We have seen continued growth in our study abroad program—this summer and last academic year, UNCG sent 458 students abroad to 26 countries throughout the world. As for our international population, we have approximately 300 new international students joining us this semester; approximately half of them are exchange students from our partner institutions. Over the summer, UNCG also hosted 20 undergraduates from the Shanghai University of Sport as well as 25 German Fulbright Students.

Throughout the year we will publish stories from our current and former participants of our programs. I invite any of you out there who have stories to share with us about your connection to International Programs and/or internationalization to send them to us (along with a picture or short videoclip if possible). We would like to connect with as many of our UNCG alums, partners, and former and current faculty and staff who have shared in our journey. Stories may be emailed to ipg_news@uncg.edu.

And remember: if you are interested in all things international, please visit the IPC (207 Foust Building) where we will support you in your plans to “do something bigger altogether."


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