(11/11/2004) Geneva, N.Y. — Hobart and William Smith Colleges announce the receipt of a $380,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to further develop and enhance activities conducted through the Partnership for Global Education (PGE), a collaborative entity designed to coordinate and improve study abroad programming at both HWS and Union College.
The new grant will build upon the PGE's study abroad consortium by strengthening many of its existing components. This includes leveraging its programs in a way that fosters global competence for all students on both campuses and by sharing the lessons learned from the consortial experience with colleagues from other liberal arts schools.
Among the major components of the grant program are a continuation and enhancement of existing study abroad programs in Ireland, Australia, Vietnam and Central Europe and a redesign of the program in Brazil, as well as activities to assess student learning. Additionally, the new grant will help fund development of a non-credit mini-course for each shared program to supplement other pre-departure activities. The acquisition of several digital and still cameras and content management software to allow study abroad students to share their experiences with peers and home faculty in real-time mode is also included. The grant also serves to help continue the Student International Initiatives Fund, one of the PGE's most successful projects, and the International Cultural Assistants Program, which simultaneously provides pre-departure and re-entry support for students.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges serve as the host campus for the PGE and covers administrative overhead for the partnership. PGE staff regularly visit the Union College campus, communicate by teleconference and otherwise ensure close cooperation between the two institutions. The PGE was established through a $400,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation awarded in June 1999.
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