University of Virginia Executive Vice President and Provost John Simon has penned a top-10 list of ways students can become global citizens
“In the spirit of David Letterman, I assembled my colleagues’ advice into a top 10 list for how students should prepare for leadership on a global scale,” he wrote in the first article of a new series, “Provosts’ Perspectives,” published by the Association of International Education Administrators.
The list includes such tips as getting a strong liberal arts education, understanding your own country, studying abroad for a full semester and learning to communicate in other languages. “The first 10 words are the most important, and studying languages is the best form of respect,” he wrote.
His No. 1 tip? To be what he termed a ‘traditioned’ innovator. “I first heard this phrase from my friend Greg Jones when he was dean of divinity at Duke University. Understand history and culture so that you can see ways of bringing the past into the present in an innovative way.”
For the article, Provost Simon adapted his remarks from his address at U.Va’s 2012 Fall Convocation.
You can read his entire entry here. The AIEA series aims to highlight provost’s “pivotal” roles in ensuring global learning assumes the “prominent place it deserves in the academic agenda of institutions.”
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