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Comprehensive Internationalization

The university's new strategic plan, Quest for Distinction, clearly asserts that, as the premiere, urban public research university in Virginia our overarching goal is to graduate students who are prepared to engage in a 21st century global environment. The implementation of our strategic plan presents an opportune moment for VCU to embark upon an institutional plan for internationalization. Our goal is to "internationalize" the university in a systemic, meaningful, sustainable way.

Internationalizing VCU embraces matters of curriculum, education abroad, international research and scholarship, university engagement, and the recruitment, retention and meaningful engagement of international students and scholars on campus.

VCU has made great strides towards internationalization over the past decade, tripling its enrollment of international students and constructing a global network of universities.

The Task Force for Comprehensive Internationalization seeks to expand upon our successes by identifying ways in which VCU can 1) increase the number, quality and engagement of our international students; 2) increase the global engagement of our students; and 3) develop alternative opportunities for partnership.

The comprehensive internationalization of the university is a collective effort which requires the insight of all members of the university community. We hope you will take advantage of the opportunities to share your views. We look forward collaborating with you.