Bringing the World to Jacksonville
The University of North Florida brings opportunities that Northeast Florida might not otherwise have access to, including learning about cultures and issues affecting the global economy. For instance, the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville provides the Global Issues Forum, held at UNF. The Coggin College of Business Center for International Business Studies develops partnerships with the business community, and works with them to supply needed information about international trade opportunities.
Table 5: Select International Seminars, Speakers, and Symposia
|Annual International Business Research Conference
|A Symposium on Conflict Transformation: Theory & Practice for our Troubled Times
|The Political Argument Today, Lecture by Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist George Will
|North Korea: What are the Prospects, How Does it Look?, Lecture by Ambassador Robert Gallucci
|The Middle East as Crossroads: The View from Egypt, Lecture by Ambassador Nabil Fahmy
|Is the U.S. Losing Latin America?, Lecture by Ambassador Heraldo Munoz
|Russia: Friend or Foe...Which Direction?, Lecture by Susan Eisenhower
|Iran: How Big is the Threat?, Lecture by Michael Rubin
Source: Coggin College of Business, Intercultural Center for PEACE, World Affairs Council
* See Appendix A for a complete list
Different international programs and services also provide the opportunity for the region to gain further recognition. Last year, there were 20 study abroad trips planned for students at the University through Transformational Learning Opportunities. These trips provided opportunities for students to travel to Spain, Brazil, Hungary, Japan, India, South Korea, China, Italy, England, Scotland, and Ireland. UNF faculty build partnerships in these countries to provide unique opportunities for our students, and these partnerships also provide access to Jacksonville. Some of these study abroad opportunities involve student internships, for example, the College of Education and Human Services Internship Program in Great Britain. Faculty and students also volunteer internationally. The Honors Program offers a Service-Learning program in West Africa. Also, UNF SIFE partnered with the University of Zambia in Africa to plan workshops, donate computers, and provide entrepreneur seed capital and mentoring to Central Africa youth and entrepreneurs.
Select International Programs
Communications Department - Middle East
Students in the Connect Program through the Soliya Organization engage in weekly discussions with students from universities in the Middle East.
Honors Program - West Africa
Students learn about West Africa and the developing world on campus for a semester and then participate in a 25-day study trip to Ghana. The heart of the trip is a week-long service project where teams of students led by faculty mentors work with local people on community projects.
Coggin College of Business - China
The Marketing course provides students with an opportunity to understand the culture of doing business in China and a firsthand experience with executives, companies, and the markets in which they operate. Company visits include selected U.S. multinationals operating in China to discuss their manufacturing/outsourcing, marketing, and related supply chain management activities.
College of Education and Human Services - Great Britain
Students live and attend seminars at the College of St. Mark and St. John (Marjon), ranked as the #1 best teacher preparation program in South West England. Students also participate in a three week teaching internship in elementary, special education, and physical education classes in schools in Plymouth, England.
Student Leadership Program - Dakar, Senegal
The international summer enrichment component at Cheikh Anta Diop University connects UNF students with host country students, with emphasis on comparative student leadership roles and responsibilities. Field trips give students further exposure to cultural sites and institutions, as well as opportunities to encounter more of the country's leadership/political systems.
Department of World Languages - Valencia, Spain
Students take courses in Spanish at a university in Valencia. The program enhances their linguistic competency in Spanish and exposes them to the culture first-hand.