Global Engagement



Global Engagement at the University of Michigan

Global Engagement:
A Snapshot of Internationalization

The China Task Force

Before moving into findings and recommendations, we highlight a recent, complementary University initiative that underscores the depth of the University’s interest in and commitment to internationalization. Following her 2005 trip to China with a delegation of University leaders that included faculty members and administrators, President Mary Sue Coleman commissioned the China Task Force to examine the University’s long-standing connection with China. Although this study has a distinctly regional focus, the University’s many varied connections to universities, organizations, and people in China made it a broad University undertaking.

In 2008 the task force submitted its report on how to strengthen ties with Chinese institutions, according to the University’s culture of mutuality and reciprocal engagement. Some of the key recommendations in the report are:

  • Create an Institute for Advanced International Studies.
  • Launch an initiative to develop an interdisciplinary, international curriculum.
  • Enhance international visitor and scholar-in-residence programs.
  • Create a University-wide facility in China as a platform for further collaborations. The complete CTF report is available on the president’s China Task Force website.

The University’s current self-study on internationalization, as described in this section, takes a diverse and bold approach, and steers clear of any suggestion that the campus’s commitment is limited to one region. Indeed, while focusing its efforts on China, the China Task Force recognized that Asia is only one of several focus areas, and in many ways the group viewed China as an example of internationalization more broadly conceived. This study echoes several important recommendations made previously in the China Task Force Report.