The University of Michigan, as a public university with strong global connections, is committed to internationalizing with equity. The University seeks reciprocal, mutually productive engagement with nations and institutions around the world to enhance education and advance knowledge and understanding. President Coleman has noted: “To be relevant in a world that knows no boundaries, higher education must reach far beyond its campus. Never before have we had so much to learn from other nations. Our students know this perhaps better than anyone, and they look to the university to take advantage of its global connections to expose them to a broad, international perspective.” Toward this end, President Coleman has launched three initiatives to strengthen Michigan’s international engagement.
The President’s Challenge: Enriching the Student Global Experience
While new media and technologies have brought the world closer than ever to campus, students need a deeper understanding of international traditions, values and attitudes to succeed personally and professionally. Through President Mary Sue Coleman’s Challenge for The Student Global Experience, donors can help prepare students to thrive in the dynamic, global environment.
There has never been a greater time for higher education to seek out new knowledge in new communities, because whether we are based in Accra, Kigali, Cape Town or Ann Arbor, we share the language of ideas and the aspirations of knowledge.
U-M’s ties to China began with President James Angell’s service as minister to the country in the 1880s. Our many new and existing collaborations with Chinese universities build on a strong foundation and a long history.