Strategic Recommendations

#1: Establish centralized leadership for TU’s internationalization plan 

The responsibility for the implementation of SPCI recommendations was centralized with the newly created position, Vice Provost for Global Education and the Internationalization Leadership Council (ILC).

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#2: Develop international activities that support the University’s leadership with interdisciplinary initiatives

The SPCI called for TU to provide leadership in local, national, and global communities on crucial questions facing world societies today, as related to the University’s key interdisciplinary initiatives: energy, technology and the environment; cybersecurity; indigenous populations; community health; and entrepreneurship. TU made progress with three important new initiatives that advance this strategic goal:

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#3: Deepen university programs in strategic geographic regions 

Strengthen concentration on Asia and Southeast Asia: TU faculty and staff have undertaken a number of initiatives to build on the University’s investment in academic programs and partnerships in Asia. 

Establish a strategic focus on the Americas: A number of opportunities driven by the US State Department have spurred us to focus first on opportunities in Brazil.   

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#4: Enhance recruitment of international students

In the fall of 2011, the University enrolled 919 international students, including students attending the English Institute. These students comprise 22% of TU's total student body. This compares with 566 international students enrolled at TU in 2007, or 14% of the total student body.

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#5: Create programs that will support TU’s activities to competitively recruit top academic students 

TU is attracts undergraduate students who enter the University with significant AP or IB credit, which allows them more course options in their degree plans. In addition, an increasing number of these students come to TU with the expectation that their educational experience will include an international component. The SPCI recommended distinctive experiences for undergraduate and graduate students that can contribute to the University’s recruitment goals.

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#6: Infrastructure Issues

This final section of the SPCI identified important infrastructure issues that, while not specific to internationalization, must be readily addressed in order to implement this strategic plan.