The Defiance College International and Global Studies Program (IGS) took a huge step forward recently, as we entered into an innovative partnership with the world-renowned Washington-DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Under this partnership, students studying international and global studies at DC will get all the benefits of being at a small college like DC while also being able to tap into the worldwide network of knowledge, experts, and potential internship opportunities at CSIS.
What this means is that international and global studies classes at DC will now have access to a wide range of materials and expertise prepared by CSIS. In addition, our students will be able, through the use of technology, to participate remotely in various CSIS events, and will now have at their fingertips literally a world of knowledge, expertise, and contacts. I am particularly excited that CSIS will also be working with us to set up a wonderful itinerary for our IGS students when they travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with various experts and officials.
The above is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what I hope this partnership can become. I have had the pleasure of getting to know John Hamre, the head of CSIS, and he is an inspiring leader who has made clear his willingness to work with DC to create even more extensive opportunities for our students to learn about the world. This partnership can truly become a national model in terms of enhancing global literacy, and I am very excited that our DC students will be able to be at the forefront of these developments.