The UCLA International Institute has the ambitious goal to be the west coast leader for the study of global affairs. The Institute has undertaken a series of bold initiatives toward this goal that are designed to provide innovation and leadership and that build on the considerable expertise and activity embodied in its centers and programs. The initiatives are global in scope and span innovative educational programs, cutting edge research, and outreach to the broader community.
We are in the process of creating a new Global Studies program designed to equip UCLA undergraduates with the skills and experiences that will position them to be future leaders in the ever more complex and rapidly changing realms of global economics, politics and society. International Summer Institutes at strategic locations around the world will be an integral part of Global Studies, with the first programs in summer 2004 in Hong Kong, Mexico and Shanghai. Our students will take courses together with local students, will be taught jointly by local and UCLA faculty, and will use the experiences of each location as a lens through which to look at major developments affecting all corners of the world. In addition, students will be encouraged to intern in local organizations, with UCLA alumni playing active facilitating and mentoring roles in the International Summer Institute internship programs.
Furthermore, several international searches for world-class scholars and academic leaders are well underway and I hope to be able to announce new directors for the Asia Institute and the Center for Near Eastern Studies by early 2004.
We continue to offer important public programming. Most notably, the Burkle Center for International Relations will sponsor two important events in October. On October 21, noted Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz will speak on his latest book, The Case for Israel. On October 30, we will feature a discussion on “Media and the Middle East” between Norm Pattiz, CEO of Westwood Communications and creator of Radio Sawa, and one of the founders of Al-Jazeera, Omar Al-Issawi.
Finally, the UCLA International Institute is home to a new web resource for international education in the United States, supported by funding from the Department of Education. outreachworld.org is a comprehensive one-stop resource for teaching international and area studies and foreign languages in the pre-collegiate classroom. The website brings together information from 146 university programs around the country.
I look forward to seeing you at one of our events or working with you on some of our initiatives.
Fall Quarter 2003
Published: Tuesday, October 07, 2003
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