Consuls and universities are natural partners in the search for global success for everyone involved. Long-established study-abroad programs have already made local consuls a natural resource for these purposes but expanded collaboration with the foreign consuls among us can reach well beyond student mobility alone. Among these benefits:
– faculty exchanges;
– faculty and students with better knowledge of emerging markets;
– collaboration in a greater variety of research projects;
– graduates with a new skill-set in global interaction;
– alumni with greater global mobility.
Self-designated “international” or “global” educational institutions take great pride in their historical accomplishment in this area. More knowledge of the nature and functions of a local consular office can help both consuls and universities form stronger bridges between U.S. communities and the rest of the world.