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  • Black Star Gate in Accra, Ghana

International Perspectives on Higher Education

Are you interested in having your own study abroad experience? Would you like to learn more about how education abroad at UofSC works? Consider participating in the International Perspectives on Higher Education (IPHE) program specifically designed for our faculty and staff. 

Program Details

The 9th annual International Perspectives on Higher Education (IPHE) professional development program will take place virtually with counterparts in Ghana for 12 weeks in the Spring semester and focus on the theme of “Higher Education in the ‘Glocal’ Community." The program will be led by past IPHE participant, Minuette Floyd, and Education Abroad's Jenna Rees-White. Past programs visited are Sweden (2020), Colombia (2019), Vietnam (2018), South Africa (2017), Costa Rica (2016), Ireland (2015), Italy (2014), and  Spain/France (2013). 

This 12-week virtual program will allow participants to experience the important cultural and historic elements of Ghana through both synchronous and asynchronous virtual activities, such as virtual tours, video lectures, and Ghanaian cultural artifacts local to Columbia, SC. The program is designed to require between three to four hours a week of blended synchronous and asynchronous virtual activities.  

Participants will gain an understanding of the differences in higher education practices between Ghana and the University of South Carolina and apply their expanded perspectives toward a Global Competency Aptitude Assessment at the beginning and end of the program.  

The “Glocal” elements of IPHE to Ghana include art, history, performance, and cuisine. Global Carolina is excited to offer this program in collaboration with the Columbia World Affairs Council (CWAC), which maintains a connection with Accra through its sister cities program. This partnership will allow participating faculty to experience a well-rounded and rigorous global education curriculum. 

The program fee is $25 for UofSC faculty and staff. Exact dates and times of each synchronous session will be determined by enrollee's majority availability. Participant selection and payment for the program will occur after the application closes on Friday, December 18, 2020.

Faculty and staff in Sweden

UofSC faculty and staff arrive in Sweden on the 8th annual IPHE program from 2020.

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All UofSC faculty and staff who have received their supervisor's support are eligible to participate. We will select a small group of non-UofSC faculty and staff from around the Columbia area, as well (for a program fee of $50). The following individuals are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Staff and faculty who have never been outside of the U.S., or have very limited experience out of the country.
  • Faculty who may be interested in developing a Global Classroom or Global Learning Experience.
  • Staff from student affairs or academic units whose work directly supports the Center for Integrative & Experiential Learning (CIEL). 
  • Faculty from academic departments that are underrepresented in education abroad at UofSC.

Upon returning, all IPHE participants are responsible for completing a follow-on project to implement and share the knowledge gained during the program. Examples could include developing a short-term faculty-led course, engaging in departmental curriculum integration, conducting a presentation on the IPHE outcomes for campus colleagues, or writing a campus news article about IPHE. 

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