Stanford Global Studies Director Jeremy M. Weinstein presented at the October meeting of the faculty senate as part of a panel about the university's international efforts.
The panel was convened to discuss how Stanford can continue to be at the forefront of efforts to foster global cooperation and how the university can better prepare students to work in the world.
"Global experiences are changing the lives of Stanford students,” said Weinstein, who recently served as deputy to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power. “But we have a long way to go if we want to ensure that our graduates are prepared for the world.”
In his presentation, he explained that while student interest in international studies and overseas experiences is there at the beginning of their Stanford careers, many aren't able to act on these interests.
Some major challenges include the shifting composition of student majors, declining enrollments in language courses and too few engineering and science students participating in international opportunities, he said.
Weinstein proposed that Stanford innovate its approach to international offerings (see presentation slide below), by offering a new bridge year program for incoming freshmen, providing study abroad opportunities for all students, creating new approaches to language learning, offering more first-year courses that introduce students across the university to global topics, and developing a capstone experience that enables all students to tackle real-world challenges.
Leaders from the Bing Overseas Study Program, and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, also presented, along with Martin Shell, vice president and chief external relations officer.
In his presentation, Weinstein proposed five ways of innovating Stanford's global offerings for undergraduate students.