University of South Carolina

The University's influence reaches around the globe

Carolina's seven major academic initiatives will be celebrated during the week of each home football game this season. The sixth -- in the week leading up to the Carolina vs. Florida game Nov. 14 -- is the University's Impact on international initiatives and law.

As the world shrinks and the University of South Carolina expands its reach, the banner of the state's flagship university can be found in practically every corner of the globe. Whether through extensive study-abroad opportunities or through faculty research projects that have worldwide impact and relevance, Carolina's growing international presence has made it a global university.

Part of that global strength is the University's School of Law, which is increasing its international visibility while maintaining its successful programs at home.

On the forefront of the University's global reach is The Darla Moore School of Business, for years known for its top-ranked programs in international business study. The school is host to a Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), one of 31 nationally and the only one that focuses on economic development in Africa. Also, through exchange programs with business schools worldwide, plus Maymester and study-abroad opportunities, students have numerous options to gain exposure to global business issues.

Business is just one tile on a vast mosaic of study-abroad opportunities available to students in practically every discipline. The 755 students who studied abroad in the 2008-09 academic year represented 10 colleges and schools and majors ranging from anthropology to math to biomedical engineering to retailing. Europe was the most popular destination for study abroad, but Carolina had student presence in 50 nations, including China, Australia, Costa Rica, India, Jordan, Kenya, Peru, and Thailand.

And while Carolina students have traveled the world, the world has also come to Carolina, where more than 1,200 internationals -- mostly graduate students -- from more than 100 nations are pursuing degrees.

Meanwhile, Carolina faculty are traveling the world as well, teaching and performing a wide range of relevant research and bringing that new knowledge back to the classroom, the lab, and the marketplace. Among them are biologist Tim Mousseau, studying the long-term effects of radiation on the wildlife of Chernobyl, Ukraine; geographer Ed Carr, studying the impact of climate change on the people of Malawi; artist Virginia Scotchie, teaching ceramics in Taiwan and overseeing an exchange program with that country; Rich Harrill, studying the dynamics of Chinese tourism; and medical researcher David Parker, studying the impact of HIV/AIDS in Estonia.

The University is also host to major centers of international study and cultural exchange, such as the Confucius Institute, created in collaboration with the Chinese government and Beijing Language and Culture University. Designed to promote education about Chinese language, culture, and society, the institute promotes more visiting scholars from China and expands China-related collections for the Thomas Cooper Library.

The Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies promotes and coordinates interdisciplinary and transnational research on the experiences of Latino/as in South Carolina and the Southeast.

Since 1992, the College of Social Work has offered its master's program in Seoul, Korea, to accommodate Korean social workers unable to travel to the United States. The program has grown from a partnership with Kangnam University to a broad network involving eight other Korean universities.

The School of Law's growing international presence includes assistant professor Cinnamon Carlarne, who specializes in environmental law, participating in this past summer's Global Environmental Governance Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Assistant professor Jacqueline Fox lectured at the University of Pisa this past spring and made a presentation on medical care rationing to the philosophy faculty at Oxford University. Professor Ann Bartow lectured in China this past summer on issues of intellectual property. And, the school has entered into an agreement with Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia that will enable Indonesian law students to study at Carolina.

This past May, 35 students completed the law school's sixth Maymester study-abroad program in London, the only American study-abroad program operated in conjunction with one of the English Inns of Court. The program, built around the four-hour course, "Transnational Dispute Resolution," also prepared students for a recently created externship program in which selected students spend a month working at the London office of a major international law firm.

The School of Law Pro Bono Program is partnering with the South Carolina Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging to help improve access to legal services for senior South Carolinians.

The South Carolina Law Review held its 2009 symposium, "The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit: Its Tradition, Its Jurisprudence, and Its Future," last month and welcomed judicial leaders from the Fourth Circuit, D.C. Circuit, South Carolina District Courts, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Law professor Josh Eagle testified before two subcommittees of Congress earlier this year on the topic, "Energy Development on the Outer Continental Shelf and the Future of our Oceans."

Two law students won significant national writing awards in the past year. Class of 2009 graduate Shea Airey won first place in the American Bar Association's 2009-10 Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Student Writing Contest. Second-year student Clark Lacy received a second-place award in the Adam A. Milani Disability Law Writing Competition, a national competition sponsored by the ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law and Mercer University School of Law.

Law professor Eboni Nelson was asked to chair the South Carolina State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, a commission of the U.S. federal government charged with the responsibility for investigating, reporting on, and making recommendations concerning civil-rights issues that face the nation.

The school has created an externship in children's law in which students are placed with government offices and law firms handling litigation involving children.

Associate Professor Kim Diana Connolly served as national president of the Clinical Legal Education Association in 2009. "Perspectives on Justice," an October symposium hosted by the School of Law, attracted nationally recognized legal scholars on various issues of social justice.


Posted: 09/14/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 08/09/11 @ 9:03 AM | Permalink