Monday, April 6, 2009

The Liberal Arts Go Global

Liberal arts institutions, those American-style contributions to higher education, are moving into the global arena with the creation of an alliance of colleges and universities that will seek out exchanges with the growing number similar schools being established around the planet.

Inside Higher Education’s Elizabeth Redden has the full story in this morning’s Web edition, where she reports that 12 American liberal arts colleges and universities will collaborate with 11 international institutions on the sharing of programs for faculty and staff exchanges that will help the members develop mutual programs of benefit.

The liberal arts approach to higher education has long been part of the industry’s face, but the model is growing in other parts of the globe. One of the international schools that will take part is American University of Paris (pictured here).

The American schools in the alliance are:
  • Albion College. 
  • Allegheny College.
  • The College of Wooster.
  • Denison University.
  • DePauw University.
  • Earlham College.
  • Hope College.
  • Kalamazoo College.
  • Kenyon College.
  • Oberlin College.
  • Ohio Wesleyan University.
  • Wabash College.
Along with the American University of Paris, international institutions involved are:
  • Al Akhawayn University in Morocco.
  • American College of Greece.
  • The American universities in Bulgaria, Cairo and Nigeria.
  • Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts in Slovakia.
  • Effat University in Saudi Arabia.
  • Forman Christian College in Pakistan.
  • Franklin College in Switzerland.
  • John Cabot University in Italy.

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