ICAR Attracts International Attention

Posted: June 18, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

The Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) program is gaining a wider reputation across the globe, as the population of international students has been growing steadily over the past several years.

About 50 percent of the institute’s Ph.D. students are from other countries, especially the nations of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. This year, for the first time the number of international students admitted to the master’s program jumped to approximately 30 percent, and overall, students from other countries account for about 35 percent of ICAR’s total student population.

“Changes in other parts of the world have influenced these trends,” says Richard Rubenstein, professor and head of ICAR’s admission committee. “For example, students from Colombia began arriving about the same time that the Colombian society began making efforts to resolve the conflict involving guerrilla groups, paramilitaries, and the government.

“During the past three years, we have suddenly begun attracting students from Latin America and South Asia, while increasing the number of students from China, Japan, and Korea,” says Rubenstein. “This also comports with our mission, which is to help educate students from other countries in conflict analysis and resolution skills that they will use in their home countries when they return.”

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