In honor of International Education Week (November 12-16), Semester at Sea sponsored¬†an academic panel discussion¬†on the topic of global comparative education at the University of Virginia (U.Va.). Robert Waters, vice president of academic affairs, will moderated the discussion among panelists¬†Jeff Legro, U.Va. vice provost of global affairs;¬†Les McCabe, president of ISE/SAS; and¬†Lisa Reilly, a previous academic dean and associate professor in the Department of Architectural History at U.Va.
The panelists addressed the following questions: What are the advantages of placing the world’s challenges into a comparative framework? Does, and how does, global comparative education foster increased cross-cultural understanding, collaboration, and create a platform for interdisciplinary discussions and work? How can students get this type of education on their home campuses and/or abroad?