12. EXTEND INTERNATIONAL CURRICULA AND CONNECTIONS.
To participate fully in the global economy and society, Stony Brook will strengthen international programs through faculty recruitment; increased international research collaboration; international partnerships with universities, agencies, and businesses; enhanced study abroad programs; and curriculum development. More international students will be recruited to Stony Brook. More Stony Brook students will study abroad, take part in exchange programs, and complete international internships. The International Academic Programs Office will assume a more prominent role in promoting international educational experiences and incorporating international perspectives in teaching and research. The recruitment and support of faculty with expertise in contemporary international issues will bolster these initiatives.
Undergraduate curriculum development will include both programs that prepare students for careers in international work environments and, in the general education curriculum, courses that prepare students to live in a global community and work in a global economy. Stony Brook’s proximity to the United Nations can provide special opportunities to develop these programs.
Stony Brook will focus international research and development programs in Africa, building on current programs in Kenya, Madagascar, and Tanzania. Africa’s natural and paleontological resources provide exceptional research opportunities, and Stony Brook’s current service initiatives—in health care, education, environmental protection, and economic development—offer a model for further expansion.