MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile is expanding study-abroad opportunities for students through a new partnership with the Consortium for Global Education (CGE) and the creation of a new Office for Global Engagement.
“We are excited about the opportunities this new partnership will bring for University of Mobile students to study abroad, while also creating opportunities for international students to experience Christian higher education at University of Mobile,” said UM President Dr. Timothy L. Smith.
The Consortium for Global Education is a non-profit global organization with a membership of more than 40 accredited American private universities and colleges representing approximately 124,000 undergraduate students and over 7,000 full-time faculty.
The consortium provides international opportunities for exchanges, study abroad, international recruiting, faculty-led study trips and international service. Each year, the consortium assists hundreds of faculty members and thousands of students who participate in CGE-related overseas study, service and teaching programs and exchanges.
The university’s new Office for Global Engagement will work with CGE to expand and coordinate study abroad and international experiences, in keeping with the Baptist university’s focus as a Great Commission university.
Dr. Doug Wilson, previously dean of the School of Christian Studies, has been named dean of the Office for Global Engagement. Wilson has extensive experience in the field of international studies, having developed the university’s intercultural studies program, led or coordinated international service projects for UM students, and lived overseas for many years.
“Dr. Wilson brings a plethora of experience to the role with a heart for missions and an academic understanding of intercultural studies and practice,” said Dr. Chris McCaghren, vice president for academic affairs.
In addition, Wilson will work to build a solid network for international recruitment and support for current international students on campus, McCaghren said.
“We at UM recognized the need for our students to be engaged in the world around them, particularly through the Great Commission tradition that we have. This new office will prepare students for that very thing,” McCaghren said.
Dr. Carolyn Bishop, president of CGE, welcomed the university into the global membership.
“During our site visit, I observed the passion exhibited by administrators and dedicated faculty to provide University of Mobile students with a quality education toward degree completion within the context of growing a global framework of academics, service and sharing,” Bishop said.
For information about international educational opportunities at University of Mobile, call the admissions office at 251.442.2222.
About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres. For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.