|ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY||2007-2008|
NO. R-368. Joint resolution encouraging the inclusion of international education programs in the curriculum and extracurricular activities of Vermont’s colleges and universities in order to meet the challenges of a global society.
Offered by: Representatives Mrowicki of Putney, Courcelle of Rutland City, Davis of Washington, Deen of Westminster, Edwards of Brattleboro, Manwaring of Wilmington, Milkey of Brattleboro, Moran of Wardsboro, Nease of Johnson, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Ojibway of Hartford, Partridge of Windham, Pearson of Burlington, Pillsbury of Brattleboro and Zuckerman of Burlington
Whereas, international education courses and activities are a critical component of higher education in Vermont and contribute to the economy of the state and to diverse college environment, and they enhance both academic and extracurricular programs, and
Whereas, academic and extracurricular programs that are internationally based are critical to promoting a broadened worldview and preparing Vermonters for life and work in the global economy, and
Whereas, they create a diverse academic environment through the exchange of scholars and students between countries and the construction of a foundation for future business success, and
Whereas, higher education should emphasize academic programs with an international focus, including foreign language instruction and study abroad opportunities, in order to ensure graduates have the cross-cultural skills necessary to function effectively in the global workforce, and
Whereas, international students and their families contributed over $13,490,000,000 to the U.S. economy and over $31,625,000 to the Vermont economy during 2005–2006, and a strategy at the state and national level is needed to ensure America’s status as a magnet for international students and scholars, and
Whereas, the economy of Vermont is inextricably tied to the rest of the world, and state economic development depends upon a deliberate strategic development plan that includes recognition of the role of international education in all its facets, and
Whereas, heightened cultural awareness is critical to national interests and is a critical component of foreign policy, and Vermont’s colleges and universities play a key role in developing foreign language and foreign area studies, and
Whereas, the General Assembly recognizes the social importance of cultural awareness, the need to promote study-abroad programs that serve Vermont students and the economic significance of international students who come to Vermont for the educational opportunities provided by the state, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly recognizes the economic, cultural, and social importance of promoting international education at Vermont’s institutions of higher education and urges all colleges and universities located in the state to place a high priority to expand current and develop new programs in all fields of education that are international in scope, and be it further
Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Carol Bellamy, President of the School for International Studies in Brattleboro.
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