Thirteen Faculty Proposals Funded in First Round of Global Student Experience Initiative

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Georgia Tech’s Global Student Experience (GSE) Implementation Team has funded 13 faculty proposals as part of an initial round of support to fund start-up costs for projects and programs tied to global experiences in undergraduate or graduate curricula.

Co-chaired by Adam Stulberg, chair of the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, and Amy Bass Henry, executive director of International Education, the GSE was created after the launch of the Institute’s strategic plan and is an implementation initiative around the Connect Globally focus area. Released in August 2022, the GSE’s request for proposals focused on funding for academic and research faculty to develop new academic offerings on campus and abroad, find synergies between faculty research and other goals of the institution, and support Georgia Tech students in their growth, development, and well-being.

Five of the six Colleges are represented in the first round of funding. All projects are global, transnational, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, or tie to a Georgia Tech international campus or initiative, all core values of the GSE. Five of the 13 proposals were co-funded with Sustainability Next and will integrate United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)-related themes into global programs. Proposals that aligned with additional Institute Strategic Plan goals, such as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Transformative Teaching and Learning, were prioritized. The projects include:

  • Launch new faculty-led study abroad programs (Turkey, South Africa)
  • Design and launch of a new, interdisciplinary capstone (Puerto Rico)
  • Adapt and integrate a globally- and sustainability-focused technical elective into a School of Civil and Environmental Engineering study abroad program (United Kingdom)
  • Create a sustainability-focused Global@Home program
  • Bolster participation in exchange programs, develop new internship opportunities (Germany)

GSE will invite proposals again for FY24. Inquiries can be directed to gse@oie.gatech.edu.

The Office of the Vice Provost for International Initiatives (VPII) also issues an RFP for Denning Seed Funds annually in December (florence.stoia@provost.gatech.edu). 

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