PAYNE GLOBAL INITIATIVE
In today’s borderless world, American higher education continues to play a key role in building communities of learning across the hemisphere. Public universities are increasingly serving as a catalyst in carrying out the trilogy of education, research and public service in partnership with transnational universities. With few exceptions, public universities have internationalized their campuses by recruiting and enrolling more foreign students, conducting research in collaboration with international universities, and creating public forums for intercultural discourse between faculty and students across the academic and global spectrums.
The growing commitment to international education has not only enhanced the vitality of the undergraduate experience, it has also underscored the economic benefits of producing global citizens for the world of tomorrow. While a similar commitment can be found at the nation’s publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), the internationalization of their curriculum, classrooms and campuses has been less than marginal, due to the less than marginal funding from public and private sources. In response to this challenge, in 2009, TMCF renewed its commitment to building partnerships between member-schools and world-class institutions of higher education in Asia, Africa and beyond.
In 2013, TMCF created the Payne Global Initiative (PGI) to create new and innovative education, research and extension programs designed to bolster human capital for tomorrow’s workforce. The PGI is one of several TMCF programs aimed at increasing the production of students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics, commonly referred to as STEAM.
PGI PARTNERS & OPPORTUNITIES
For more information about the Payne Global Initiative, contact:
Dr. N. Joyce Payne
Sr. International Affairs & STEM Advisor to the President