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The Cronin International Center at Bentley College Envisions the Global Classroom at International Faculty Workshop May 19th-23rd

May 12, 2008

The goal of the workshop is to help faculty better prepare Bentley students and our international partner students to thrive in increasingly globalized economic, social and cultural contexts.”

Nader Asgary, Director of Cronin International Center

The Cronin International Center at Bentley College hosts its inaugural workshop, “Envisioning the Global Classroom” for educators from partner schools in India, France, and Spain, along with Bentley faculty, focused on improving knowledge of global issues in teaching business and social science.

The objective of the workshop is to provide Bentley faculty and international colleagues with the requisite academic tools and resources to globalize the entire educational environment for their students. The workshop balances discipline-specific understandings of globalization with interdisciplinary theories. It also creates opportunities for sharing academic expertise, ideas for curriculum development and practical tips for in-class work with students.

The workshop emphasizes the following perspectives:
- Personal: understanding our own individual cultural conditioning in all its complexity
- Social: understanding the US as a multicultural nation
- International: understanding the US in transnational contexts of world economies and cultures

The workshop will help participants develop the following pedagogical strategies:
- Theoretical: incorporating key concepts, terminology, organizing frameworks
- Expert: incorporating the insights of guest lecturers or expert opinion presented in video and other formats
- Practical: developing techniques, exercises and resources to globalize courses in and across various disciplines.

The forum blends in a mix of faculty from different departments and disciplines with international colleagues who bring their ideas, experiences and concerns to the conversations. The dialogue will enable attendees to more sharply envision an effective and productive global classroom to best educate the leaders and decision makers of tomorrow. The workshop will be lead by Drs. Samir Dayal from the English Department and Iris Berdrow from the Management department at Bentley.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu

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