USA TODAY Article- STUDY ABROAD IS A NECESSITY, NOT A LUXURY, ACCORDING TO RICK STEVES
Among the Office of International Education and Program’s goals are: to strengthen already-established relationships with foreign higher education institutions having Memoranda of Understanding (“MOUs”) with Clayton State University (“CSU”) and to work towards implementation of study abroad, faculty development, student and faculty exchange, and collaborative research opportunities; to revisit presently-inactive existing arrangements with foreign universities to determine whether future cooperative opportunities exist; and to identify and to cultivate new relationships with appropriate foreign universities covering the broad range of international activities where they appear mutually relevant to CSU’s and the foreign institutions’ curriculum, student and faculty needs, and promising for development.
CSU has bilateral MOUs with six foreign universities, and others are pending. Each MOU is best characterized as an umbrella for future specific implementation depending on the institutions’ mutual needs and capabilities. They generally do not include firm commitments – they instead are statements of areas (e.g., study abroad, student and faculty exchange, research collaboration, limited resource sharing) in which future specific collaborations are intended on a reciprocal basis. Each anticipates future arrangements that set forth the specific obligations between the institutions.
Among existing agreements are those with:
Other MOUs presently are pending with certain institutions in China, Africa, Central Asia, Turkey, and Central and South America.
In 2010, Clayton State began a new partnered with CATIE (“Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza”) in designing its new “Tropical Ecology” course in Turrialba, Costa Rica. http://www.catie.ac.cr/. View more information (PowerPoint 2007).
Clayton State also is a member of a University System of Georgia consortium that has an exchange agreement with the University of Northumbria in Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/brochure/international/studyandworkabroad/comingtonorthumbria/.
Office of International Education and Programs serves as the facilitator for international cooperation agreements, or MOUs, with foreign partner institutions and, as such, is responsible for guiding these agreements through the approval and renewal processes. International Education and Programs also develops and maintains the policy Guidelines and Procedures for International Cooperation Agreements.