Preparing Our Students to Be Global Citizens

January 31, 2017

The semester is already off to a good, albeit busy, start.

Currently, I’m traveling in India, working to expand our educational partnerships here for faculty and staff.  I look forward to robust student exchanges, with Indian students on our campus this May, and our USC Aiken students traveling abroad to study in India in the future. 

Among the learning goals of the university is to prepare students for their futures in the working world and to be knowledgeable global citizens who can be productive and thrive in highly diverse, international professional and community settings.

That is one of the reasons we value diversity in all its forms. It is important for students to have the opportunity to learn and work closely with peers whose racial, cultural, economic, and linguistic backgrounds are different from their own.

At USC Aiken, our students should emerge from college ready to work in diverse teams and able to interact productively with others.  

With students from 32 different countries currently enrolled at USC Aiken, the university community provides a uniquely diverse education.  Our international students are typically generous with their time and very happy to share their traditions, stories, experiences and perspectives with their fellow Pacers.   This interaction gives all Pacers a head start and sets them up for future success in the global workforce.

As an AASCU affiliate university, we will join that organization's efforts to lobby policy-makers for a reasoned approach to immigration policies that strike a balance between the needs of homeland security and the benefits of a pluralistic society. 

I’m proud that just this week, the Institute of International Education recognized USC Aiken as a leader in the state for offering educational experiences to international students.  IIE ranked us number 4 in South Carolina among institutions with high numbers of international students, and number 1 among the comprehensive universities.

USC Aiken, a comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master’s degrees to more than 3,500 students in 50 programs of study. USC Aiken is ranked the #1 public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide "America’s Best Colleges." The 2017 distinction marks USC Aiken’s 19th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and its 12th time in first place.