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In an era when the developing world has begun to recognize that it must expand its university faculty numbers if they are to educate more of their citizens, we believe that the time has come to fully internationalize higher education, one academic at a time.

Folks:

The posting below describes The International Professors Project (IPP) , "a global network of Professors who have begun working as academic “citizens of the world" on university campuses in the developing world. [http://www.internationalprofs.org/]. According to Gene Shackman of The Global Social Change Research Project [http://gsociology.icaap.org], "it is a team of professors, fellows, and universities working towards the goal of providing university teaching; mentoring and curriculum development; making information available for pertinent research; and providing the cultural sophistication and background needed to address global pedagogical/curriculum issues." Be sure to check out the websites noted above.

Regards,

Rick Reis reis@stanford.edu UP NEXT: We Need Humanities Labs

Tomorrow's Academia

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THE INTERNATIONAL PROFESSORS PROJECT

The International Professors Project (IPP) is a global network of Professors who have begun working as academic "citizens of the world" on university campuses in the developing world.

We are a U.S. non-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Our professors teach, mentor and conduct local research as they internationalize college and university faculties in their host countries. IPP is an innovation, inspired in large part by current trends towards internationalization and globalization.

In an era when the developing world has begun to recognize that it must expand its university faculty numbers if they are to educate more of their citizens, we believe that the time has come to fully internationalize higher education, one academic at a time. As the project continues to develop, IPP professors will facilitate greater access to international caliber higher education, serving for periods ranging from 18 months to an entire career. At the same time, they will be helping to ameliorate the "brain drain" from less developed countries by improving domestic educational opportunities.

IPP is spreading by cultural diffusion, with each participating University making its own cultural, social, ideological, ecological and technological contributions. IPP's role is to provide the academic, organizational and financial support needed to make this possible. For example, in 2004, at the request of four of our participating universities, we have instituted a Library Development Project through which we electronically transmit journal articles to both university and/or departmental libraries.

Based upon our experiences to date, our plan is to further the development of IPP in the following ways:

*provide a comprehensive orientation, continuing with additional guidance and support during the process of relocation, and through the sometimes difficult time that faculty can have when teaching in developing cultures.

*Work with our host institutions to help adjust the faculty, their new departments, and the curriculum to each other. The development of curricula and teaching methodologies to facilitate the achievement of successful academic programs will be one of our major concerns. To reach this goal, IP will employ culturally competent methods appropriate to the local experience.

*Provide financial support to cover the hiring and compensation costs of our professors, beyond that which can be provided by host universities.

*Pay particular attention to certain priority fields of specialization that would particularly benefit from an international perspective. These emphasize population, environment, security, economics, and statistics and probability. Also included are sustainable economics, international higher education, global social science, sustainable science, international business, peace and conflict resolution.

*Strongly encourage IPP professors and fellows to undertake high quality research. IPP will assist in disseminating this research in various developing and developed countries

In short, IPP was founded to create and maintain a new institutional pathway towards an appropriate and 'developing-world-sensitive' internationalization of higher education.

The IPP forum is our online message board where members and registered guests can exchange information and ideas. We anticipate the forum will become an increasingly important resource for our colleagues.