Internationalization

For St. Catherine University, internationalizing the curriculum and campus starts with educating women to lead and influence.


For St. Catherine University, internationalizing the curriculum and campus starts with educating women to lead and influence. This mission has been at the heart of St. Catherine University since the founding Sisters of St. Joseph recognized the need to educate women to look outward, understand the world’s needs, and make a commitment to social justice.

The philosophy of global learning at St. Catherine University grows organically from the distinctive characteristics of a St. Kate’s education—which began with a strong baccalaureate program for women, and has expanded to offer associate and graduate degrees to women and men—and aims to provide academic excellence to a diverse student body as well as a deep understanding of the essential connection between education and action.

Building upon this foundation, internationalization will incorporate global learning and global experiences into the fabric of our institutional structure at all degree levels and across all the colleges and schools in order to engage students in the active development of global perspectives.


Vision

Honoring our historic mission of educating students to lead and influence, St. Catherine University will integrate global learning throughout our curriculum and institution, developing substantive international and intercultural knowledge to prepare students for global leadership grounded in social responsibility.

St. Kate's Global Learning Goals

  1. Awareness of their own cultural values and traditions and understanding that they exist in a complex and interdependent web of cultures and countries
  2. Knowledge of critical world issues and the ability to analyze and incorporate multiple perspectives
  3. Effective communication across languages and cultures
  4. Preparation for global leadership grounded in an understanding of social responsibility
  5. Openness and curiosity to exploring and engaging with new cultures, communities and countries as purposeful lifelong learning

Partnerships

St. Catherine University has several international partnerships, with diverse opportunities for faculty, staff and students. These pages will describe each partnership, on-going projects with each partner and opportunities for involvement. These partnerships are university to university partnerships and are typically open to new ideas and projects.

Contact the Office of Global Studies for more information.

BPS Women University, Sonipat, Haryana, India
St. Catherine University partners with BPS Women University in Haryana, India, to provide opportunities for enhancing educational and research collaboration by our students, staff, and faculty. The partnership has been in existence since 2011 and is a broad partnership between the two universities to facilitate the development of collaborative and mutually beneficial programs which serve to enhance the intellectual life and cultural development on both campuses, and to contribute to increased international collaboration.

BPS Women University began in 1936 as a girls' school, expanded over the years, and in 2006 became a State University exclusively for women. It provides education for 7000 students from kindergarten to doctoral programs, offering innovative, job oriented programs in many disciplines. The vision of BPS Women University " is to ensure that women gain an equal status in the society of today through pursuit of knowledge and realization of their rights and responsibilities."

Ongoing initiatives include: January term visits by Global Search for Justice courses, Holistic Health courses, and UMAIE courses; A January term English Language Teaching internship through the English Department

Unidad Académica Campesina-Carmen Pampa (UAC-CP), Carmen Pampa, Bolivia
St. Catherine University has partnered with the UAC-CP since 2000. Founded in 1993, the mission of the UAC-CP is to: provide higher education to the poor and marginalized; prepare young men and women to serve the poor; guide young adults in their search for truth through education, research, and community service; and integrate the College’s work throughout Bolivia’s rural area.

The College started as a joint effort between the Catholic University of Bolivia in La Paz, the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (MFIC), the Diocese of Coroico, Bolivia, and the sub-central Villa Nilo–a local governing body of the indigenous people, Nor Yungas, Bolivia. Today, nearly 700 students are enrolled for classes and theses work in one of the College’s five academic departments: Veterinary Science, Agronomy, Nursing, Education, and Ecotourism.

St. Catherine University has been involved over the years in projects to survey families in the UAC-CP community to help the College serve them better--which included a St. Kate's Management Information Class designing the database to track survey research; MLIS faculty helping to set up the College library and professional development for the UAC-CP librarian on the St. Kate's campus; Biology and Public Health research on leishmaniasis, a common parisitic disease in Bolivia. St. Kate's is host to the annual Carmen Pampa Fund fundraiser, held each May.

Current initiatives include: Public Health research on leishmaniasis; spring semester embedded Global Health course that will spend spring break at the UAC-CP; pursuit of a grant to update and improve UAC-CP library holdings.

United International College, Zhuhai, China
St. Catherine University has been in partnership with UIC since 2011 as part of a larger partnership between UIC and seven institutions of the Minnesota Private College Consortium. United International College (UIC), is an English-medium liberal arts college situated in Zhuhai and jointly founded by Beijing Normal University and Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU).

UIC shoulders the historical mission of advancing the internationalization of Chinese higher education and taking the lead in implementing liberal arts education in China. Since its first enrollment in 2005, UIC has grown into an international institution with innovative educational approaches. Twenty undergraduate programmes are currently being offered by three divisions: namely, the Division of Business and Management, the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Division of Science and Technology. UIC has extended its enrollment of Category 1 candidates from more than 20 provinces and municipalities. There are approximately 4400 students now, including those from Hong Kong, Macau and overseas. Teaching staff from more than 20 countries and regions make it possible for UIC to use English as the medium of instruction.

Ongoing initiatives within the partnership include a semester or yearlong student exchange program, summer courses for UIC students on MPCC campuses, semester or yearlong visiting faculty opportunities at UIC for MPCC faculty; weeklong faculty development institutes held alternately at UIC and at an MPCC campus; a biennial liberal arts forum held at UIC and intended to explore liberal arts topics relevant to the partnership.


Visiting Scholars

As part of the St. Catherine University Internationalization Plan, we seek to increase the number of visiting scholars and exchange students. Our goals are to strengthen our academic programs, co-curricular programming, and the abilities of our faculty and staff as we develop the awareness, knowledge, and skills of globally competent graduates.

St. Kate's is a sponsoring organization for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program and is authorized to accept applications for visiting scholars and exchange students.

Please consult the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program Hosting Handbook for all information on inviting, applying for funding, and hosting visiting scholars.