A world of opportunity:
Internationalization at the U of S
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A dean’s thoughts on international partnerships
Excerpts from a recent speech by Dean of
Agriculture Dr. Ernie Barber:
...Why would the University of
Saskatchewan, and particularly the College of Agriculture, be interested in
developing international partnerships?
...Why would we be interested in Mongolia...?
We talk of partners, but which ones do we
pursue? The College of Agriculture is,
and will continue to be, a favorite to receive invitations from developing
countries. Which ones do we accept and
...We talk about partnerships, yet clearly
there is an economic imbalance in any partnership between the U of S and a
university in a developing country.
Mongolia has a limited ability to bring financial resources to the
partnership. …We talk about partnerships,
yet sometimes can’t move beyond a relationship where we force-feed our own
technologies. There is plenty of
evidence against approaching a partnership from this simplistic vantage point –
we give and they take. ...We have to
look at the front end of projects for ways in which we can learn from our
international partner at the same time as they are learning from us.
I believe the College of Agriculture and
the U of S want and need an international presence. The whole world is bound by a common destiny. As Pastor Dr. George Ninan, of St. Andrew’s College, has pointed out, the
events of Sept. 11, and since, have demonstrated that even the most powerful
are vulnerable, that there is a limit to the power that even the most powerful
can exert. We increasingly realize that
we are all on this spaceship together and we all have some responsibility to
work toward a more even sharing of the world’s resources, including
knowledge. We can use our international
initiatives as a part of an expression of this responsibility.
For us in the College of Agriculture, I
think the major benefit will be the development of our students as
international citizens. Some examples
include, faculty members who are involved in international projects bring the
learning from their international contacts and experiences back to the
classroom at the U of S. Foreign
students come to the U of S, they mix with our students and they influence the
way our students think about things.
Our students travel to other parts of the world and in so doing broaden
their perspectives, perhaps come to a better understanding of their own
strengths and weaknesses. Finally,
faculty from other places come here, they enrich us with their approach to
thinking about a subject from their unique perspective...
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