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2014 Faculty Development Seminar: South Africa

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were abundant 2013 Faculty Development Seminar: Spain wildlife and Morocco throughout the visit.

VCU Faculty Development Seminar transforms teaching and research Since its launch in 2013, the Virginia Commonwealth University Faculty Development Seminar has taken nearly 20 VCU faculty across four continents and initiated research and teaching linkages with 32 universities worldwide. The seminars are designed to provide faculty members who have limited international exposure with an intensive immersion experience and thus help further the university’s internationalization goals. Second, they seek to broaden each participant’s international scope and perspective to include global issues and thinking in their research, teaching and service. Lastly, the seminars encourage the establishment of sustainable collaboration among the participants at home and with international partners. Each seminar is designed with a specific theme. The initial seminar, which took place in Spain and Morocco, focused on migration of people and cultural encounters resulting from geo-political 14

relationships, their impact on communities past and present, and the implications for the successful delivery of health and human services. The second seminar took place in South Africa, with visits to the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban University of Technology and the University of Witwatersrand. This theme centered on best practices for communityengaged research and, accordingly, participants met with faculty members at these South African institutions whose work was rooted in the community. The third seminar was a dean’s delegation to China designed to provided key decision makers with the opportunity to connect with their counterparts at educational institutions throughout the country. Over a two week period, four VCU deans met with 10 universities throughout Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai, China. Since the seminar’s end, multiple departmental initiatives have been launched.

Global Connections, issue1vol1  

A magazine created by the Global Education Office featuring stories of how VCU is connecting our students, faculty and staff to the world.

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