SOM Reception Highlights Mason as Global University

Posted: April 25, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

The School of Management (SOM), led by Jim Harvey, associate dean for Undergraduate Studies, hosted an international student reception last week in Enterprise Hall to recognize SOM students who represent nearly 55 countries.

Yehuda Lukacs, associate provost for Global Education, spoke about the increase in the population of international students and faculty members from the university’s beginning as a small campus populated mostly by local students to today’s truly global university.

In addition to displaying flags from all the home countries of their students at the reception, SOM also served food from around the world. The menu included cannoli and pizza bianca from Italy, conch salad from the Caribbean, jerk kabob from the West Indies, salad Olivia from Iran, roasted pepper hummus and tabbouleh from the Middle East, and seafood pastilla from Morocco.

“Currently at George Mason there are 1,300 students studying on F-1 visas representing 120 countries, in addition to dozens of faculty members visiting from other countries,” says Lukacs. “Every discipline is linked through students, faculty, and the curriculum to the world around us. It has become clear that global education has become a core institutional value,” says Lukacs.

One example is the dual degree program between George Mason and the University of Aachen in Germany that Harvey and Lukacs are currently developing. The program would allow students to attend three years at George Mason, one year at Aachen, and one more year at George Mason, where they would complete a senior thesis and receive B.S. degrees from both universities.

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