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  • Casa de CampoHow does the MIT community engage in learning, research, service, and work around the world? That's the question GECD posed this summer, in partnership with MISTI, UROP, D-Lab, and the Public Service Center.

  • The MIT education of the future is likely to be more global in its orientation and engagement, more modular and flexible in its offerings, and more open to experiments with new modes of learning.

    Those are some themes of the 16 recommendations contained in the final report of the Institute-Wide Task Force on the Future of MIT Education, convened 18 months ago by President L. Rafael Reif to envision the MIT of 2020 and beyond.

  • Nine MIT students and alumni have been awarded U.S. Student Fulbright grants for the upcoming academic year. Eight of these are study/research grants and one is a newly created Digital Storytelling Fellowship co-sponsored by National Geographic.

  • This summer, more than 40 people from nearly 30 countries will gather in Arusha, Tanzania, to take part in the 2014 International Development Design Summit (IDDS) from July 7 to Aug. 9. 

    Their mission? To co-create low-cost technologies with the potential to improve lives and alleviate poverty in Tanzania and around the globe.

  • On May 12 and 13, we hosted the DUE Visiting Committee (VC) for their biennial visit.  Visiting Committees are a well-established system of external feedback coordinated by the MIT Corporation.  The 19-member DUE VC includes senior leadership from our peers (Stanford, Princeton, CalTech, Harvard, Columbia), members of the MIT Corporation, as well as MIT alumni nominated by the Corporation.  Their visit is an opportunity for DUE to gain independent, outside, expert critique and comment on what we do.  At the same time, in reporting their findings to the Corporation and MIT senior administration, the VC articulates and advocates for the priorities they feel are most critical to undergraduate education.

    The two-day visit began with Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart talking to the 14 VC members in attendance about “The Opportunity for Educational Change.”  With this context, I then shared an overview of DUE and what I see as our priorities:

    Enhancing the educational experience of undergraduates:

    • Strengthening the freshman year.
    • Expanding experiential learning.
    • Promoting global experiences.
    • Supporting educational innovation.

    Reducing barriers to help students succeed academically and personally:

    • Improving advising and mentoring.
    • Creating a supportive environment.
    • Addressing student stress.

    The Committee was interested in hearing more about new approaches to education...

  • On April 3, MIT Vice President for International Partnerships Claude Canizares and a team from MIT’s D-Lab travelled to New York for the launch event of the U.S. Global Development Lab — which MIT recently joined.

    “MIT is extremely proud to be a Cornerstone Partner with USAID in the new Global Development Lab,” Canizares said. “Our students and our faculty are passionate about making a real impact on the world, and the Global Development Lab connects us to like-minded teams at other universities, in USAID, and in the private sector.”

  • University of Cape TownFor the past four years, Global Education and Career Development (GECD) has participated in an International Staff Exchange to foster greater cross-cultural understanding as well as learn international best practices in university career services, prehealth advising and international education.  Since its inception, the GECD Staff Exchange has developed partnerships with the University of Cambridge, Imperial College, and Oxford University in the United Kingdom.  This year, the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa, was added to the repertoire of schools participating in the exchange.  With over 25,500 students enrolled, UCT is considered one of South Africa’s most elite institutions of higher education.

    Christina Henry, a GECD Career Development Specialist, was selected for the exchange, visiting South Africa this past March.   During her week-long visit, Christina had the opportunity to engage with UCT’s Careers Service staff and with each of their three cross-functional teams: operations, careers advisory, and employer relations...

  • [Editors note: This is an excerpt from Julie Norman’s comments at the retirement party for Arnold Henderson and Donna Friedman. Arnold Henderson is an Associate Dean in Student Support Services and retiring after 28 years at MIT. Donna Friedman is an Associate Dean in UAAP and is also retiring after 28 years at MIT. Good luck to both of you!]

  • In preparation for the closure of Building 12 at the end of June, the DUE Conference Room in 12-196 will go off-line as of Wednesday, June 18th  at 5:00PM.  A replacement conference room will be created in Building 5 in late fall. 

    DUE also has conference room in 35-315.  To schedule this room, please contact Y-Chie Primo at  yprimo@mit.edu.

  • [Editors note: This is an excerpt from Elizabeth Reed’s remarks at her May 27 Retirement Party.  She is retiring after 40 years at MIT. Her last day is June 30, 2014. Good luck Elizabeth, we will miss you!]

    I am sure you all know Gloria Steinem's most quoted line "This is what 40 looks like." May 14, 2014 was my 40 year anniversary at MIT and this is what 40 looks like to me.

    40 years in one organization, one profession (more or less) and at one address look like this: a room filled with many of my dearest friends, de facto siblings and some who are what New Yorker magazine calls “familiar strangers”- people I see regularly at MIT to whom I feel a connection though we may not know each other by name.

    This is the community where I've grown up, which has helped me grow, challenged and inspired me, cheered me on and cheered me up, and where I learned how hard and how rewarding it is to build and be a community, an office and a team. Many of you have seen me do things less well than I wanted to and succeed at things I didn’t know I had it in me to do.

    Of course MIT has changed a lot since I began. How could it not in 40 years?...

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