Dr. Mary Anne Saunders, Special Assistant for Global Initiatives to UNM President
The world revolution of globalization is rapidly changing the face of American higher education. Everywhere universities are expanding their outreach by enhancing exchange and partnership programs and even establishing campuses abroad. But this exciting process is not always well understood by people outside academic institutions and even by those within them.
On September 25 Dr. Mary Anne Saunders will speak to the AIA on the latest trends in global education and their implications for the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and the state. She is currently the Special Assistant for Global Initiatives to UNM President Robert Frank who upon taking the helm at University of New Mexico last October, launched a comprehensive globalization program. President Frank and Dr. Saunders strongly believe that in the twenty-first century a great university must focus on the larger world, and that this will have clear benefits for the university and the community it serves. The globalization program aims to 1) increase the enrollment of foreign students at UNM and improve the services provided to them; 2) double or triple the number of UNM students who study abroad and enhance their experiences; 3) expand and strengthen partnerships with academic institutions abroad; 4) explore the ways that these global connections and experiences can improve economic development in Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico.