Plymouth State University Opens Center for Global Engagement

November 30th, 2012 by blyndes

Plymouth, N.H. – Plymouth State University is embracing the value of global education with the creation of the Center for Global Engagement (CGE). At a November 13 ribbon-cutting opening the new Center, PSU President Sara Jayne Steen noted our future leaders and educators will be working in an environment which increasingly requires an international perspective.

Plymouth State University celebrated the opening of its Center for Global Engagement with a ribbon cutting ceremony November 13 in Mary Lyon Hall. Left to right, Jim Hundrieser, PSU's Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, PSU President Sara Jayne Steen and Debra Regan, Director of PSU's Global Education Office.

“Engagement needs to be global,” Steen said. “Part of academic excellence is preparing people to be part of a global marketplace, and to succeed in it — to make the world a better place.”

The CGE was established to better serve PSU’s international student population, both undergraduate and graduate. The Center offers one central location where non-native English speaking undergraduate and graduate students can receive advising regarding immigration issues and responsibilities, academic support, referral to appropriate campus resources, and academic and social programming. The Center’s space is shared with ELS, an international educational organization that offers intensive English language instruction and university placement assistance. The Director of PSU’s Global Education Office, Debra Regan, noted the Center is becoming a successful gathering spot for a wide variety of students.

“In just a short time, the Center has seen a lot of student traffic, both from international students and our domestic students, and that was the point–to bring people together,” said Regan.

Last spring, Plymouth State University’s Global Education Office was recognized by the national Center for International Studies (CIS) with their first Going Places! Award, recognizing PSU as a university that “broadens academic perspectives, encourages student development, and promotes global awareness through their innovative work in education abroad.”

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

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