The Institute for International Journalism welcomed a diverse and talented group of SUSI journalism and media professors and scholars from 17 countries on July 4.

Photographer: Rebecca Miller

Going Global Institute

Ohio University hosted educational leaders in August to discuss internationalizing school curricula.

Photo courtesy of: Patton College of Education and Human Services

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OHIO serves global initiatives

This past summer, Ohio University served as a hub for several international initiatives. Here are a few on-campus events you may have missed:

Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on Journalism and Media Program

From July through mid-August, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism’s Institute for International Journalism (IIJ) administered the second annual Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on Journalism and Media Program.

SUSI is a competitively selected summer institute for international scholars and professors to foster international understanding, according to SUSI Director Yusuf Kalyango. The program aids in increasing the participants’ awareness of U.S. media sources and knowledge of the country’s cultural history.

The 17 participants from countries such as Sudan, Vietnam and Columbia took part in a six-week course that combined academic study and travel to areas throughout the United States.

While in Athens, attendees learned about the Scripps curriculum and worked with communication professionals to enhance their research. Scholars also visited St. Louis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Washington, D.C., to attend lectures and tour news and media outlets. SUSI was many of the scholars’ first opportunity to experience the United States.  

SUSI is funded annually by the U.S. Department of State. In addition to their financial participation, the department is responsible for choosing each participant.
"Now I can realize clearly, after days and weeks of work, research and travel, that I lived the most amazing experience in my whole life," Ahmed Hammad of Egypt told Global Spotlight, IIJ’s publication.

Going Global Institute: Education in the 21st Century

Ohio and international preschool through graduate school educators assembled at Ohio University Aug. 2 through 4 for the third annual Going Global Institute. The summer program is designed to discuss internationalizing the process of learning as technology and globalization continues to impact the educational environment.

The 2011 institute’s focus was on literacy, arts, recreation, social justice and sustainable development in global and international education – themes that are embodied through many programs at the University and in Athens, according to Barbara Trube, assistant dean for academic engagement and outreach at the Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education and Human Services.

In addition to the conference, educators attended break out sessions held by faculty in the Patton College, and about 30 of the 178 attendees presented their educational research papers. Two OHIO faculty members also taught participants African dance, drama and music.

The Global Institute began in 2006 when the Ohio Department of Education convened the International Education Advisory Committee to look at international education initiatives across Ohio and prepare students for life in a global society. The institute is funded through the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and is in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio State University, Kent State University, Shawnee State University and the University of Cincinnati.

Communication for Development (C4D) workshop

UNICEF country and regional officers working in Communication for Development (C4D) met at Ohio University in July for the second part of a blended learning course.

During the workshop, 60 staff members from around the world learned to develop strategies through their group work with local organizations, such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Athens County – offering participants a sampling of the challenges faced by businesses in Southeast Ohio.    

In 2010, Ohio University’s Communication and Development Studies Program received a two-year, $940,000 contract, initiating the summer course. The contract included two training components: a 15-week online lesson followed by two weeks of face-to-face workshops.

The course is designed to enhance UNICEF staff members’ knowledge of C4D – a critical skill in work with lesser-developed countries and its women and children.

According to UNICEF C4D Project Manager Andrew Carlson, UNICEF works hand-in-hand with communities by listening to their needs and developing ways to fulfill those needs.