Global Perspectives Program, Chile
The Global Perspectives Program in Chile expanded the framework into South America and provided participants and program coordinators an opportunity to gather first-hand knowledge about higher education in Chile through visits to three important Chilean universities, discussions with numerous Chilean faculty, administrators, and students, as well as dialogue among GPP group members. Six Ph.D. students were selected to participate in the program in 2012:
- Angela Anderson (HNFE),
- C.L. Bohannon (Architecture and Design Research),
- Margo Duckson (Food Science and Technology),
- Jordan Hill (ASPECT),
- Justin Shanks (STS), and
- Adam Smith (Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science).
The group also included GPP founder and Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education Karen P. DePauw and John Dooley, CEO and Secretary Treasurer of the Virginia Tech Foundation and former Vice President for Outreach and International Affairs).
The experience began with monthly meetings in the Fall 2011. In January 2012 the group departed for Santiago, Chile to begin visits with our partner institutions: Universidad Austral de Chile, Universidad de Chile, and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Visit the GPP Chile blog to learn more about the participants and the program experience.
Graduate Deans GPP Experience
The Graduate Deans Global Perspectives Program Experience in 2012 resulted from interest among U.S. graduate deans to learn more about the Global Perspectives Program. A group of graduate deans asked Karen DePauw to coordinate a special edition GPP. She organized a weeklong program for nine graduate school deans that simulated the typical GPP experience, with an added focus on how other graduate schools might implement similar programs.
The experience began on 22 July 2012 in Paris at Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie (UPMC), with an event hosted by President Jean Chambaz. The following Monday, the group participated in a morning seminar on European higher education sponsored by Lesley Wilson, Secretary-General and Thomas Jørgensen, Senior Program Manager for the Council for Doctoral Education (CDE) of the European University Association (EUA). The group tnen visited nearby French universities in the afternoon.
After leaving Paris the graduate deans visited Université de Strasbourg, Universität Basel, and Universität Zürich en route to Ticino, the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland, and the city of Lugano.
The culminating event of the trip was a workshop/seminar with GPP alumni from Virginia Tech and UniBasel at Virginia Tech's Steger Center for International Scholarship in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. The program particpatants shared their experience on the GPP Graduate Deans blog.