China Press reporter Mei Du spent time with our Summer Academic Program students to learn more about their experience in the U.S. Read more about it on page A3 of the China Press (articles are in Mandarin): 侨报纽约网 – 侨报电子版 – 8月7日2014年.
Since the Global Training Initiative (GTI) was launched in 2007, its student and professional programs has added at least $21.5 million to the university and the local economy. The GTI at NC State University expands and enhances international partnerships for NC State students and faculty, as well as citizens of North Carolina, through short-term programs.
The GTI has taught more than 1900 students in semester long courses, including the GTI 401 Colloquium on U.S. Culture and Higher Education. Many of these students participate in the GTI’s undergraduate certificate program, which includes those participating in the 3+X Accelerated Master’s program. The Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (formerly known as Science Without Borders) started in January 2012 and has grown since then. The GTI, along with the Poole College of Management, partners with the Raleigh Campus of SKEMA Business School to integrate their students into the campus at NC State by teaching a course as well as offering co-curricular activities.
Utilizing the NAFSA methodology for calculating the Economic Benefit of students to the national economy (Expenses-US Support + Living Expenses for Dependents = Economic Benefit) non-resident students participating in GTI classes and programs over the time period of August 2007- May 2014 contributed $20,034,302.44 to the North Carolina economy.
Disaggregated, GTI semester-long, student-based programs contributed:
$7,568,366.00 in Cost of Living Expenses
$9,958,281.50 in Tuition Expenses
$2,507,654.94 in Fee Expenses
Since 2007, GTI staff have also conducted 44 short-term programs for more than 900 students and professionals. These programs have ranged in topics from entrepreneurship and leadership for business students from Honduras to food and drug safety training for Chinese regulatory officials. The GTI at NC State is designated as an official training center by China’s State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA).
Utilizing North Carolina (NC) Division of Tourism annual reports on spending from international visitors from 2008-2012, in addition to program-specific calculations of daily spending by the Global Training Initiative in North Carolina, the total impact to the North Carolina economy is an influx of $1,470,097.80 from July 2008-June 2014. Daily spending by the Global Training Initiative in North Carolina includes transportation, housing, and food but does not include any program or administrative costs.
The GTI is partnering with UNC’s Center for International Understanding and NC State’s Institute for Emerging Issues to take a delegation of elected officials and education leaders to Germany and learn about advanced manufacturing and worker training. Read more about it from the UNC@Work newsletter.