"When we compare the complexities in today's world, with those of only 30 or 40 years ago, the contrast becomes almost overwhelming. Less than half a century ago the United States viewed itself as the center of most academic pursuits; the economic center of the world; and one of two political superpowers globally. Today, we still possess great strength intellectually, economically, and militarily, but we are not alone. It is clear that to maintain our capacity for growth will require viewing our partnerships with the rest of the world in a different way."
" . . . for those graduate students who find themselves conducting research abroad, they learn something about the way other cultures approach research that is difficult, if not impossible, to learn when ensconced in the American environment."
--Excerpts from " Internationalization and Diversification of Graduate Education ," a message from Eva J. Pell, Under Secretary for Science, The Smithsonian Institution and former Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, The Pennsylvania State University