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CIC Highlighted in Online Essay on "Internationalization" of Higher Ed

Nov 30, 2010
In a recent essay posted on the Global Higher Ed blog, University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Kris Olds addresses the issue of how associations of universities can better navigate the emerging global higher education and research landscape, and cites the Committee on Institutional Cooperation for its efforts in this area.

"Or take the case of the Midwestern Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) which convenes regular meetings of “Senior International Officers” (usually deans, directors, vice-provosts), while also acting as a conduit for relationship building between its member universities and individual universities (e.g., my colleagues from the University of Birmingham will be visiting this coming week) or groups of universities (e.g., Australia’s Group of Eight) from other countries."

Olds continues, calling out the CIC and another consortium for having "shown themselves to be adroit and supportive on an increasing number of levels despite constrained resources." However, he continues by reflecting on a number of concerns he has regarding the work of associations, and poses that it might be time for "some innovative experiments in forging innovations to support deep internationalization."

The next meeting of the CIC Senior International Officers will take place Dec. 7 in Chicago.

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