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Shepherd University President Shipley to participate in internationalization dialogue in Austria in July

ISSUED: 22 June 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd University President Shipley to participate in internationalization dialogue in Austria in July)

Shepherdstown, WV--Shepherd University President Suzanne Shipley has been invited to participate in the 13th Transatlantic Dialogue to be held in Salzburg, Austria, July 4-7.

Sponsored by the American Council for Education (ACE), the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and the European University Association, the conference, titled "Leading the Globally Engaged Institution--New Directions, Choice, and Dilemmas," will gather a select group of Canadian, European, and U.S. presidents to discuss incentives, potential risks and benefits, and the constraints of internationalization across the three regions.

Shipley will serve as a facilitator for the panel discussion "Making the Case for Internationalization." Her session will examine how institutional leaders launch a strategic discussion on internationalization inside the institution and with their external shareholders.

Shepherd began an internationalization initiative in conjunction with ACE in 2010 which resulted in the development of a 10-year strategic plan for campus internationalization, the establishment of a new core curriculum in fall 2011 that requires all students to have competencies in global understanding and multiculturalism and diversity, and culminated in a site visit in February 2012 by an external team from ACE.

Since 1989, ACE has engaged in a series of biannual meetings which discuss topics of interest to Canadian, European, and U.S. universities.

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