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Progress on Internationalization

I want to share an important document:  “Strategic Plan for Internationalization/Vision 2020.”

Written by Ricardo Castro-Salazar, Acting Vice President for International Development, the comprehensive report details the strides the College has made in multiple areas: infusing global knowledge into the curriculum, creating a language institute, developing community and global engagement, developing a study abroad program, identifying opportunities for workforce development in the international arena, providing international and cultural development for employees, and expanding international student outreach, recruitment and services.

The importance of these endeavors to the success of all our students cannot be overstated. As Ricardo writes, it is necessary “to educate our community for interdependence, global citizenship skills, and to bring the world to our students, a world driven by a global economy and challenges that transcend national borders.” Bringing the world to Pima is an ambitious undertaking that will benefit our students, city and region academically, culturally and economically.

[Read an executive summary of the report.]

A vehicle for economic, cultural growth

Last week, I welcomed one dozen students from the Universidad Tecnológica de Chile, better known as INACAP, to Downtown Campus. INACAP is the largest and most diverse university and technical education system in the South American nation, and these Automotive Technology students are at Downtown for an intensive week-long training in Engine Diagnosis and Repair.

Like our other collaborations with Latin American countries, such as the SEP-Bécalos-Santander Universidades International Program, the Chilean students’ visit supports President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative. The objective of 100,000 Strong is to increase the number of U.S. students studying in Latin America to 100,000, and the number of Latin American students in the U.S. to 100,000 by 2020. The ultimate goal is to increase hemispheric competitiveness and prosperity by developing a globally conscious and culturally competent workforce.

The visit is a first for PCC – it’s the first time we have hosted international students in career and technical fields – and we have stepped up to provide the best-possible training for our guests. We located instructors to deliver the course in Spanish and we translated the curriculum into Spanish in-house.

Lisa Nutt is part of a team ensuring the visiting Chilean students have a positive experience at PCC.

Lisa Nutt is part of a team ensuring the visiting Chilean students have a positive experience at PCC.

Lisa Nutt and Daisy Rodriguez Pitel from our International Student Services Office have gone above and beyond to create activities to make the groups feel comfortable and welcomed here. Downtown Campus  Dean of Business, Occupational, and Professional Programs Greg Wilson has been instrumental in putting the technical training pieces in place, and Ricardo Castro-Salazar, in his leadership role as Acting Vice President for International Development, has outlined a clear, wide-ranging vision for expanding global education at the College.

Historically, athletics has been an avenue for spanning cultures, as encapsulated in the motto of the 2008 Olympics, “One world, one dream.” The reality is that education is a key aspect of the bridge that can connect cultures in a long-term, sustainable sense. Pima Community College is proud to be part of a hemisphere-spanning initiative that can expand global awareness and aid economic development.

Visit to Korea, China

I have just returned from a visit to the Republic of Korea and the People’s Republic of China, where we continue to consolidate our partnerships. I was honored to be invited by the Mayor of the Korean island of Ulleungdo to sign an International Memorandum of Understanding (IMOU), which was presented in an official ceremony with local authorities and media. I was accompanied by Ms. Ann Klocko from the Korea Arizona Trade Office (KATO) in Tucson, and Pima Community College’s Acting Vice President for International Development, Ricardo Castro-Salazar.

Korea 1 Korea Klocko maybe JCD

Ulleung-gun

While there, we had the opportunity to visit a local high school, where I addressed the students and talked to them about PCC. We were officially received and sent off by the Mayor. We also met with partners of KATO in Seoul and discussed collaboration possibilities with PCC.

Korea students

Korea classIn China, we met with authorities of Foshan City (picture below) and signed an International Memorandum of Understanding with Bao Qi (Paul Jin) and Guangdong JIRONG Capital & Development Co. (JCD). The IMOU opens possibilities for PCC to develop workforce training, online education, short-term programs, and summer camps for students from Foshan and other areas.

Foshan 2

We also traveled to the city of Zhuhai, where we were hosted by President Liu Huaqiang of Zhuhai City Polytechnic College. We discussed our IMOU and signed an addendum establishing that both institutions will work on the development of international educational exchange programs in business and hospitality management. An even exchange program, where Pima and Zhuhai College students could benefit, was also discussed.

In Zhuhai, we also met with Helen Hu, from the China Youth Center for International Exchange, to discuss collaboration opportunities. We talked about the possibility of developing hybrid models for international students, where online offerings could make our programs more competitive.

Zhuhai 3Zhuhai 2

Upon our return, on June 6 we hosted President Liu Huaqiang, who came to Tucson as part of a visit to the U.S. He took the opportunity to see Tucson and PCC campuses and expressed that he was very impressed with the College and our desert beauty.