The Promise of International Education
Panel Discussion and Reception
Friday, October 24, 2014
Filene Auditorium, Filene Hall
How is it that 5,000 students from nearly 150 countries have engaged in American undergraduate education in just the last 13 years? And how have 90 U.S. colleges and universities (mostly small liberal arts institutions like Skidmore) connected with the growing global community?
Joseph Kaifala '08
The key is the United World Colleges. The UWC movement, a unique educational community that fosters peace and global understanding, began in the wake of World War II, at the height of the Cold War. The first school brought high-school-age students from around the world to learn together, bridge differences, and work for peace and understanding. Today, students from 14 UWC schools can matriculate at 90 colleges and universities, with support from the largest international scholarship program for undergraduates, the Davis United World College Scholars Program.
Skidmore is proud to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its participation, which enriches the educational experience not only for the Davis UWC Scholars but for all the students who live and learn in the Skidmore College community. Several Skidmore UWC students have also earned funding to implement their creative, hands-on Davis Projects for Peace grants every summer since 2007.
Join in a conversation with co-founders Philip Geier and Shelby Davis about the evolution and impact of the UWC and Davis programs and the future of international education. Skidmore Professor of Government Katherine Graney will moderate the discussion and will be joined by Skidmore alumnus Joseph Kaifala '08, one of the first UWC graduates to attend Skidmore with Davis scholarship support.
A reception will follow the conversation.