Georgia Gwinnett College recently hosted a 14-member group of higher education executives from Great Britain and Ireland as part of a four-day program through the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, based in London, England.
The group is visiting various colleges and universities for presentations and discussions focused on the theme, “Higher Education in the South and Business Partnerships.”
“This program is designed to help its participants learn about connections between higher education and business, whether from a media, research or commercial perspective,” said Anthony Pinder, GGC’s director of Internationalization. “Higher education in other nations does not necessarily have the same relationships with businesses we have in the U.S. These administrators may take home ideas for programs that will enhance educational experiences and create opportunities for their students and institutions. Our mutual dialogue is also a wonderful opportunity for us to learn from them, as well.”
The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education provides support and advice for leadership, governance and management for United Kingdom colleges and universities. The program encompasses developing and improving management and leadership skills of existing and future higher education leaders through a variety of initiatives, including international programs.
Georgia Gwinnett’s portion of the program, “Room for Improvement: The Rise of New Higher Education Models,” was highlighted in a presentation by GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman, in which he provided a comprehensive overview of the college’s evolution. The visit also included a question and answer session, luncheon and campus tour.
“The GGC story is definitely an impressive one,” said Professor Richard Black, Dean of the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex. “What this institution has accomplished in such a short period of time is simply astonishing, and a story I will take back to the U.K.”