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NC State Global Launches 2021-22 Global Engagement Institute

The Global Engagement Institute (GEI) is an annual program offered by the Office of Global Engagement (NC State Global) to provide professional development for faculty interested in developing international collaborations. This year’s GEI cohort is coordinated by NC State Global staff, David Dixon, Director of Global Partnerships and Dr. Heidi Hobbs, Director of Faculty Engagement.

About the GEI

The objective of the GEI is to expand faculty/staff global engagement to strengthen and enhance NC State’s collaboration with its global partners. Institute activities include both in-person and virtual workshops, seminars, and expert consultation with local and global partners. “We see the Global Engagement Institute as a sustainable endeavor that enables participants to build active collaborations and develop leadership that supports global engagement at NC State,” David Dixon explains.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, the current GEI cohort focuses on developing academic collaboration through NC State Global’s Global Learning for All initiative. Specifically, this includes learning about Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) that leads to the creation of virtual and/or interactive educational opportunities for students through shared classroom experiences across the world. Moreover, the 17  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serve as an important framework for GEI activities and support NC State’s  UN Sustainable Development Goals campus programming initiative.

“We are excited that this year’s GEI will utilize our membership in the SUNY COIL global network to expand our collaborative online international learning footprint. This is our first year of membership in this organization and we are looking forward to learning from their long-term experience in this area,” notes Dr. Heidi Hobbs.

GEI Participants

For 2021-2022, the GEI cohort consists of nine faculty members, representing six colleges. Each participant was competitively chosen by their respective colleges for participation, subject to final selection by a review committee in the Office of Global Engagement.