International Dialogue on Preparing Students for Leadership in the Global STEM Community

May 27, 2008

An International Dialogue on Academic Innovations Preparing 21st Century Students for Leadership in the 21st Century Global Science/Engineering/Technology Community will be held on May 27, 2008 in conjunction with the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of NAFSA in Washington, DC.

If you are interested in participating in this dialogue or have colleagues that would be interested in participating please contact the PKAL National Office at and we can be in touch with further information.

The dialogue is initiated by CampusFrance , the French national agency for the promotion of higher education. Project Kaleidoscope is assisting in developing these dialogues in the US. (Further conversations to be held in Quebec, Tokyo, Brasilia and Sao Paolo, Moscow and Shanghai- 2008 – 2010)

We invite you to join the dialogue if your campus has:

  • a mature international experience embedded in the academic program for STEM undergraduate and graduate students
  • technology-intensive opportunities through which students learn how to use the 21st century technologies that are essential research/communication tools for the 21st global S&T community
  • a curricular initiative through which creativity, inventiveness, and innovation are taught from the global perspective
  • service learning/internships/research-intensive programs that introduce students to, and socialize them into, 21st century STEM global community.

Some questions that will be explored:

  • What is innovation?
  • How does academic innovation differ country to country?
  • How does academic innovation depend on “fresh thinking that creates value,” on responding to current or emerging needs?
  • What are innovation skills and how are they taught?

US team members include:
Carol Bender, Director of Undergraduate Biology Research & BRAVO! Program- University of Arizona
Phillip D. Long, Associate Director of Outreach and Opportunity, Office of Education Innovation and Technology-DUE- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Phil Weilerstein, Executive Director- National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance