University of Pennsylvania
Tuesday, September 26, 1995
Volume 42 Number 5
On the Cover:
Glimpses of three settings where Penn
operates its own study abroad programs
--a student taking notes in Oaxaca;
a snapshot of Overseas Program Manager
Amy Grat at an outdoor market in Prague;
and a distant view of the skyline in Lyon.
Photos courtesy of the Office of International
Trustees: FY96 Budget; Academic Support Open House
Death of Mr. Dunlop; Moez Remembered
International Education and Research at Penn
Innovation Corner: John Fry on the Prescription Change
Three for the Bookshelf
Plaid, Preppy & Proud
Coffee á la Carte at the Dental School
Council: First Fall Meeting; Summary of Steering '94-95;
Actions Taken '94-95; Reports on Bookstore, Library,
International Programs, Research
Crime Alert --
International Programs at Penn
Pullout: October at Penn
A significant enrollment of international students, a network of study abroad programs in all reaches of the globe, scholarly research in all aspects of international relations and international affairs, and an unprecedented depth and breadth in foreign language programs give Penn a truly world-wide presence and prominence, says Dr. Joyce M. Randolph, Director of Penn's Office of International Programs.
More than half of the Penn graduate groups ranked in the top ten in their fields by the National Research Council's recent report are strongly international in their orientation: anthropology, economics, English, French language and literature, history of art, linguistics, music, religious studies, sociology, and Spanish language and literature.
Penn enrolls over 3,100 international students and hosts some 1,100 international scholars each year--which makes its international community one of the largest in the Ivy League. International students represent 8-10% of Penn's undergraduates, and 17-22% of graduate and professional students.
Each year over 550 undergraduate students study abroad for Penn credit, and they choose from over 150 approved programs, including options to study business in Spain, engineering in France, nursing in England, pre-medical science courses in Israel, and language and culture in Japan.
"Penn's commitment to an international outlook is at the heart of its academic mission," Dr. Randolph says. She lists just part of Penn's international inventory in thumbnail sketches below in this issue, and on pages 5-6 with her report on the Provost's Conference on International Education.
International Institutes at Penn
Two of the major strengths of Penn--its long tradition of interdisciplinary teaching and research, and its growing internationalization--converge in four outstanding programs that have been designated National Resource Centers by the U.S. Department of Education. For part of their support, they compete for funding under Title VI of the U.S. Higher Education Authorization Act. The Provost's Conference on International Education and Research (pages 4-6 of this issue) devoted a whole session to these programs and their future as Congress scrutinizes anew its support of higher education.
The Lauder Institute
A joint venture between Penn's School of Arts and Sciences and the Wharton School, the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies was founded in 1984 and has graduated over 500 students. Through in-depth language and culture study combined with managerial training, the Lauder Institute uniquely prepares American managers to function effectively in a global environment.
Penn is host to the largest South Asia Regional Studies program in the nation. The program includes research studies in religion, politics, and violence in South Asia. Currently 30 faculty members and 100 graduate students are involved in the program, with approximately 500- 600 students taking courses taught by the South Asia faculty each year. The program's outreach component distributes materials to elementary and secondary schools statewide. The projects and research with which the program is affiliated include: exploring U.S. relations with India, researching mortality and health issues in Bangladesh, and estimating the purchasing power of various forms of currency.
In a consortial effort with Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, Penn's African Studies Program has compiled the largest source of Internet data bases on African studies in the U.S. The African Studies World Wide Web distributes information internationally to schools, libraries, businesses and to the U.S. government, and locally to the Philadelphia public school system, receiving over 100,000 requests each month for its multiple types of information. In addition, the Program teaches courses in the Swahili, Yoruba, Hausa, and Amharic languages. Penn is also one of only a few schools nationwide offering language instruction "on demand." While there is often insufficient interest to conduct classes in the lesser known languages, a student is able to request individual instruction at the Penn Language Center in any one of more than 15 African languages. The Program is working on a new initiative to send engineering undergraduates to African countries to study developing infrastructures.The African Studies Program currently enrolls 100 graduate and 700-800 undergraduate students.
The Middle East
Providing information to the public during the Gulf War is but one of the major roles played by the Middle East Center. Classified as one of only 13 National Resource Centers for the Middle East, the Center plays a key role in the production and dissemination of expert knowledge about the region. The Center provides crucial support for the teaching of Middle Eastern languages and the training of graduate students for future work in government, business, law and academia. On a day-to-day basis the Center is an important source of information to the media and the public, and offers rich and dependable resources and training to elementary and high school educators. The Center is a member of several overseas research institutes, including units in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, Turkey, and Pakistan, and sends students to intensive language programs in Cairo, Amman, Fez, and Istanbul. Penn is unique in offering a joint Hebrew-Arabic program and a joint-degree in Middle East studies and law. Currently the Center is doing extensive studies of water use in the Middle East, research critical to the forging of peace agreements among nations in that region.
Study Abroad: The University administers some 150 study abroad programs for academic credit. The opportunites are worldwide, including programs based on affiliations with universities in other countries for the direct enrollment of qualified students; reciprocal exchange programs; membership in consortia or bilateral affiliations with other U.S. universities or non-profit educational organizations to give Penn students access to outstanding study abroad programs; access to programs of sound academic quality that are not affiliated with Penn; and Penn- designed and managed programs in Mexico, France, Spain and the Czech Republic.
For further information about semester and academic year options, phone Penn Abroad at 898-9073; concerning summer opportunities, phone Penn Summer Abroad at 898-5738.
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