About UNE's Internationalization
The American Council on Education (ACE) defines internationalization of higher education as:
“the process of integrating an international and intercultural dimension into teaching, research and service functions of an institution. Ideally, it is an integrative process with multiple approaches.”
(Knight, 1994. American Council on Higher Education Reports)
Recognizing the importance of international learning in the 21 st Century and the need for higher education institutions to prepare and train students to become global citizens who can live and work in a globally interdependent world, the Universidad del Este (UNE) of the Ana G. Mendez University System (AGMUS) included internationalization as a priority program in its 2005 strategic plan which Chancellor Alberto Maldonado Ruiz officially presented to the AGMUS Board of Directors annual meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2006.
In October 2002 in Lisbon, Portugal the AGMUS Board of Directors signed an official Declaration to advance the university’s mission to establish a solid internationalization program. This declaration subsequently became part of the AGMUS 2015 strategic plan, called “Vision 2015”. In signing the Portugal Declaration, President Jose F. Mendez stated:
“AGMUS took on the important task of preparing citizens for a global economy by creating the curriculum options, learning experiences, and activities that would impart an international perspective on our students, faculty and staff members.”
The current AGMUS/UNE Internationalization Vision Statement incorporates the following elements, which reinforce the idea that the university is exceptionally dedicated to:
- Ensuring that students graduate with an international consciousness so that they may play a proactive role as citizens of the world
- Recognizing the important roles played by the administration, faculty, and support personnel to convert internationalization aspirations into an integral part of students´ academic life and culture
- Offering students the highest level of international education as well as professional development opportunities for faculty
In 2009, UNE joined the 2009-2010 cohort of the ACE Internationalization Laboratory, which consists of group of institutions that works closely with the ACE for a period of 12 to 16 months to conduct a review of their goals and internationalization strategies, develop strategic action plans, and share their learning with other member institutions
UNE Chancellor Alberto Maldonado Ruiz currently serves as a member of the ACE Commission on International Initiatives.