CAMP global is a new initiative started by Millersville University’s (MU) Office of International Programs and Services (IPS) in the hopes of achieving comprehensive internationalization on campus. CAMP Global takes faculty and staff through a multi-year journey that includes learning about IPS’ vision and values related to internationalization.
The first cohort, which launched in Spring 2019, saw 4 faculty members attending several meetings with the program leaders, Dr. Patriece Campbell, Director of International Programs and Dr. Jason Petula, Faculty Coordinator of Internationalization. The first year culminated in a visit to Kenya with the EDU Africa Organization. The first cohort included Dr. Karen Rice, Dr. Aaron Haines, Dr. Marion O’Sullivan, and Dr. Deborah Tamakloe.
As a part of the program, CAMP Global participants travel in order to observe the policies and processes of foreign universities and organizations which empowers them to integrate new ideas into MU’s own international programs. Site visits allow faculty to gain first-hand experiences to create new MU Guided programs.
To participate in CAMP Global, faculty members must agree to lead a trip abroad within one year of return, while staff members must identify and improve policies and processes in efforts to promote internationalization. Next summer, the first year cohort will lead programs to Tanzania and Kenya.
If you are interested in learning more about CAMP Global please contact Dr. Patriece Campbell Patriece.Campbell@millersville.edu or Dr. Jason Petula Jason.Petula@millersville.edu.
Throughout the Summer Millersville University hosted several MU Guided trips abroad. These trips allowed students to focus on specific areas of their studies and learn about the world, as well as the impact they can have on it, in a more hands-on way. The countries that were featured this summer include Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Iceland, and an assortment of countries across Europe.
Each program made use of the country it took place in to make a significant connection between the student’s areas of study and the study abroad experience itself. For example, students participating on the guided trip to Iceland completed a course on sustainability. Being one of the most sustainable countries in the world (all of Iceland’s electrical energy is produced through renewable means!) all the trips and activities students participated in for this trip were related directly to their coursework.
Such an experience is indispensable and provides students with a new and much more realistic perspective of their studies. Learning about emergency management is one thing, actively helping a town recover from a hurricane is another. This was something students who traveled to Puerto Rico over the summer were able to do. Likewise students enrolled in the music program at Millersville were able to travel across Europe and see the places where famous composers once lived, worked, and performed.
The faculty guided trips abroad this summer were very successful. They provided a unique experience that will help students in their personal and professional lives for years to come. Thank you to Dr. Jason Petula, Dr. Ximena Catepillan, Dr. Karen Rice, Dr. Christy Banks, and Dr. Len Litowitz for all your time and effort in making these programs so special for everyone involved!
If you are interested in leading your own trip abroad view resources on our website here.
This summer, Dr. Daniel Wubah participated in the graduation ceremony for the Cooperation on Higher Education and Professional Development Program (CHEPD). Millersville University has been a member since 2015. The program sees the mobility of international students in dual-degree programs between China and the United States. The program was developed by China Education Association for International Exchanges (CEAIE), China Center for International Educational Exchange (CCIEE), and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).
During the ceremony and conference, Dr. Wubah spoke on the importance of music and the arts at MU. He also participated on the President’s panel, discussing the future higher education collaborations between China and the U.S.
The program has so far seen 20 students come to study at Millersville over the past several years in Art & Design, Biology, Business Administration and others. Four Millersville students in the initial cohorts have graduated from the program.
Millersville University just had the pleasure of hosting students from Beaconhouse National University (BNU) in Pakistan for a program focusing on higher education in the U.S. Over the course of two weeks, BNU students attended classes on topics such as academic writing, research methods, and university application process. They also toured several of Millersville University’s academic programs including science & engineering, and the arts.
Like other short-term international groups Millersville has hosted over the summer, BNU students also got to experience all the hot spots in PA and surrounding areas. They explored downtown Lancaster on first Friday, experienced roller coasters in all their terrifying glory at Hershey park (apparently Pakistani amusement parks don’t compare), enjoyed a hallmark of American culture by watching a Barnstormers game, Listened to a concert in Lititz, toured the nation’s capital in Washington DC, and much more!
The BNU students are a fine group of men and women and their stay at Millersville passed by with great celerity. Many of them hope to return to America for graduate school. Thanks for a great time BNU!
If you would like to learn more about Millersville’s English Language Institute and their short term programs read more HERE.