While the NC State campus typically slows down after the semester ends in May, the opposite is true for the Global Training Initiative. The GTI expanded its summer programming this year for overseas and NC State students. With 305 participants in 14 various academic and research programs, 2019 was one of the busiest summers ever. Below are some highlights:
The GTI partnered with faculty in the Wilson College of Textiles as well as the Department of Mathematics in the College of Sciences to run summer academic programs for more than 90 overseas students. Participants took custom courses taught by NC State faculty as well as US American culture classes and workshops facilitated by GTI staff and campus partners, including a tasty tour around the U.S. a la food. The summer programs were 2-4 weeks in length and included numerous site visits to local businesses, neighboring college campuses, cultural excursions, and overnight trips to Washington, D.C.
More than 60 students also completed GTI programs that focused on research in labs with NC State faculty as well as internships with local companies. Participants also got to visit other local companies around the Triangle region.
NC State and visiting international students also had a chance to develop their cross-cultural competency and leadership skills in workshops that were facilitated by GTI staff as well as partners from other on-campus units like Leadership and Civic Engagement, the Impact Leadership Village, and Wellness and Recreation. Students pushed themselves to the limits as they built friendships across cultures. They also had a chance to volunteer in the local community with organizations like the Interfaith Food Shuttle and got a firsthand look at agriculture in North Carolina.
The GTI staff also provided global skills training and pre-departure workshops for the Caldwell Fellows working in Mexico and Siler City.
The GTI also hosted 17 faculty members from China’s Northeastern University in China for a new faculty training and mentorship program that kicked of last fall. There are also 6 Fulbright scholars from Lebanon who are participating in a Junior Faculty Development Program that involves faculty from NC State’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
GTI’s summer programs also focused on special topics such as entrepreneurship and drone racing, which brought together students from NC State, NC Central, Japan, Thailand, and Saudi Arabia for a summer of learning, friendship, and fun.