Johnson C. Smith University wants to give more of its students a chance to travel internationally.
Today, JCSU President Ronald Carter plans to announce the launch of the Center for Excellence in Global Education, which will offer structured study-abroad programs for students. Carter said he believes the programs will allow students to broaden their understanding of and appreciation for world cultures.
The center's programs will strongly emphasize language immersion, letting students study a foreign language while in other countries.
“There are some things that students are not going to understand about other cultures and world experiences if they cannot speak the language,” Carter said in an announcement about the program.
Carter believes international travel also might help students after college, making them more competitive and attractive to recruiters.
He has named Adelheid Eubanks as director of the center, which will be part of the Smith Institute for Applied Research at JCSU. Eubanks reports to work in January. She is director of the Liberal Arts Studies Program at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., and an associate professor of language and literature.
Carter was provost at Coker College before coming to JCSU earlier this year.
As a part of today's kickoff at the Mary Joyce Taylor Crisp Student Union, the center plans a drawing for 12 free trips abroad in 2009. Students who have recently applied for or hold passports are eligible.