The Global Learning Initiative
Martin Webster ’14 and Professor Zhiqun Zhu
Bringing the World to Bucknell and Bucknell to the World
Our students must have more than knowledge of global cultures – they must have experience with them. We send students and faculty to diverse regions worldwide for study and service learning. We bridge the borders between Bucknell and global society through telepresence technology and distinguished visiting scholars. We are connecting what our students learn on campus to new, substantive study experiences for them around the globe.
But our vision is to transform Bucknell into a place where undergraduate and global education are indistinguishable. The success of this initiative will make Bucknell a truly global institution – a portal through which our students engage the world, and a magnet for students, scholars and research and program partners from every destination.
Opportunities in the Global Learning Initiative include:
Educating our students on all continents
With new investments, we can distinguish a Bucknell education by giving most of our engineering and management students global experiences, opening up possibilities already available to their classmates in other disciplines and supporting faculty projects that give these students global experiences both on and off campus.
Bucknell programs in Washington, D.C., and New York City
Bucknell is ideally suited to develop semester programs in two of the most globally connected cities in the world: Washington, D.C., and New York City. Both are only three hours away from campus and have significant alumni communities.
With endowment and other funding, we can design in each city a premier academic and internship experience that prepares students for careers and leadership and provides firsthand exposure to foreign policy, world affairs, international development, arts, culture, media and global economics.
Endowing student projects of international reach
From the Bucknell Brigade to our dance program’s voyage to China to an engineering project that brought fresh water for the first time to a community in Nicaragua, our students and faculty engage meaningfully with the wider world.
With donor support, such projects will become widespread. We can give all engineering majors access to senior design projects around the world, help art students collaborate with artists on other continents, and create new service projects where the impact, and the learning, can make the most difference.