Looking Back on 2021: Happy Holidays from Global Nebraska
Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs Josh Davis reflects on the biggest successes of Global Nebraska in expanding global education and offers warm holiday greetings to Huskers around the world.
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[00:00:08.850]As we finish the fall semester,
[00:00:10.680]I've been looking back on 2021 and I'm
proud of all that we've accomplished to
[00:00:14.730]expand UNL global engagement - despite
the many challenges that we faced.
[00:00:19.710]We began the year by announcing Nebraska's
first institutional global strategy,
[00:00:24.090]which we called "Forward Together."
[00:00:26.010]It's a comprehensive plan to expand global
experiential learning opportunities,
[00:00:30.600]grow our international
research and creative activity
and strengthen our global
[00:00:34.680]partnerships and the
[00:00:37.580]that supports this important
work. As a university,
[00:00:40.200]we chose the Grand Challenges that
we would focus on as a community,
[00:00:44.220]and our faculty continued to collaboratively
work towards solution to these
[00:00:47.790]challenges. Over the summer,
[00:00:49.740]we transitioned the Mandela Washington
Fellowship for Young African Leaders into
[00:00:54.360]a virtual program as one of 26 host
institutions across the country.
[00:00:59.520]And we launched several new
global experience courses
that gave our students the
[00:01:03.630]opportunity to gain the skills that
they would need an interconnected world,
[00:01:07.710]even if they couldn't
travel abroad. This fall,
[00:01:10.470]we launched a new Peace Corp Prep program,
[00:01:13.050]and we hosted the Nebraska
[00:01:15.720]which brought leading
diplomats to our campus.
[00:01:18.810]We also celebrated our global community
here at UNL with more than 100
[00:01:23.100]international students participating
in this year's Homecoming parade and
[00:01:27.150]hosting the university's largest ever
International Education Week -- a month
[00:01:31.650]long celebration with over 100
events happening all across campus.
[00:01:35.760]Just last month,
[00:01:36.660]we announced that nearly $5 million have
been secured for renovations to Louise Pound
[00:01:41.340]Hall to create a new
global education center,
[00:01:44.850]which will serve as a hub of global
engagement activity on our campus.
[00:01:49.080]As we look ahead to next year,
[00:01:51.330]I'm reminded that this kind of progress
can't be achieved without strong support
[00:01:55.380]from our university partners
and our global Husker family
[00:01:58.650]all around the world. To
all of our community,
[00:02:01.530]thank you for your ongoing support,
and on behalf of global Nebraska,
[00:02:05.700]I want to wish you the
happiest of holidays. I
can't wait to continue moving
[00:02:09.750]forward together with all of you in 2022.
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