IYO Country Selection & Proposal
International Year Of... country selections are based on the criteria listed below:(Click each item for a description of/more information about the criterion)
Depth and breadth of faculty expertise
Having a core group of faculty with experience and knowledge in the target region is essential. However, it is just as important that they be interested in and willing to contribute to the implementation of that IYO. There are several ways in which faculty can contribute to the IYO, including, but not limited to:
- Serve on the relevant IYO Planning Committee;
- Integrate target country content into their academic courses during the relevant IYO;
- Plan and implement an event/program during the relevant IYO (e.g., lecture, exhibit, film, etc.);
- Share target country contacts with IYO Planning Committee.
About the IYO Planning Committee: Each IYO program has a dedicated committee of faculty and staff with expertise in the target country. This committee plays the central role in terms of designing the relevant IYO calendar of events. Individuals proposing countries for a future IYO should be willing to serve on the IYO Planning Committee.
Strength and number of regional/local connections
For example: Are there local populations from the target region or country here in the Bowling Green area? Do any cities within our region have sister-city relationships with target country cities?
Tradition of study abroad programs to target country
A history of regular study abroad programs in the target country is generally indicative of faculty expertise, local contacts, and a substantial student and alum population with experience and interest in the target country.
Existing or emerging partnerships
The existence of an international partnership typically means that WKU has contacts and resources in the country, whether through research collaborations or faculty or student exchange. These connections are great things to spotlight during an IYO and can become useful resources in building a robust calendar of events and programs.
International student population
For example: A high proportion of students from one country or region or the emergence of a growing student population.
Significant world events
OIP relies on WKU faculty and staff to propose countries for future IYOs. Proposals should come from groups of faculty and staff with investment/experience in the target country, address how the above-listed criteria are met (not all criteria MUST be met for a country to be considered!), and be submitted to the Office of International Programs via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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