To prepare the leaders of the 21st Century, Gannon University must deepen its knowledge about the dynamics and discoveries shaping the future, wherever that knowledge can be found. With a worldwide network of alumni, partner universities and, increasingly, students, Gannon University’s vision is far-seeing.
Beyer Hall, dedicated on Sept. 23, 2016, has been transformed into a laboratory where the innovations of the global University of the future will begin. Here, student organizations can engage with the campus at large, and students from around the world can meet, study and work together. It’s the model of how an increasingly diverse, multicultural and global student population can interact in ways that can change their campus, their communities and the world. A
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS REPRESENTed 43 COUNTRIES
Gannon expanded its cooperative agreements with partner institutions in Vietnam, signing agreements with Baria Vungtau University and Hong Bang University. The new agreements will allow Vietnamese students to transfer to Gannon to complete their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a number of academic disciplines, as well as provide the opportunity for faculty collaboration and student exchange.
Through the University’s continued focus on developing a worldview, and its commitment to enhancing and increasing its global opportunities, students, faculty and staff were able to participate in domestic and international travel through the following academic, service and student development-focused programs:
The number of students participating in semester exchange and summer programs grew exponentially from the 10 total students who participated in Fiscal Year 2015-16. During Fiscal Year 2016-17, 20 Gannon students spent a semester abroad at 11 different locations, while 10 international students from three locations were welcomed to campus through the program. B
The Gannon: Inspired Faculty-led Travel (GIFT) program expanded the global knowledge of 137 students, faculty and staff participants. GIFT integrated 15 domestic and international travel trips into 13 academic courses offered for credit toward students’ degrees.
Gannon’s Transforming Residents Abroad Via Engaged Learning (T.R.A.V.E.L.) program has made developing students’ leadership skills and cultural understanding an engaging experience. Through this program this year, 128 student, faculty and staff participants traveled on 10 trips to 14 different locations worldwide. In addition to receiving scholarships to ensure accessibility, T.R.A.V.E.L. participants also led fundraising efforts that raised over $33,000 toward trip expenses.
Engaging in service through Gannon’s Alternative Break Service Trips (ABST), 20 student leaders, 104 student participants, and 24 faculty and staff accompaniers traveled to 11 domestic and international locations, completing various community engagement and service-based projects. Through ABST travel, students are able to hone their leadership skills in settings where they can simultaneously give back – a win-win experience for the both the students and the individuals whose lives they are helping to transform. C
The Barker Globalization Institute, comprised of all academic, enrollment, service and student development-based global initiatives, collectively achieved notable marks over this fiscal year, ensuring access to enriching, cultural and global experiences for the Gannon community.
TOTAL Scholarships Awarded to ensure students’ access to global programs
TOTAL miles traveled across 27 countries
Total Students, Faculty and Staff Members Participated in 50 International and Domestic Trips