Mount Holyoke hailed for global education

Mount Holyoke College has significantly increased the number of international students on campus over the last dozen years, which has been remarkably positive for the institution and the student body.

“Having women from 70 countries has enormous impact on everybody’s education,” said Eva Paus, professor of economics and founding director of the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives. “There’s greater understanding of shared humanity, rather than stereotyping. The impact is profound.”  

Paus was quoted in a recent article about women’s universities and leadership around the globe that appeared in International Educator, a bimonthly publication put out by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

As a result of a McCulloch Center initiative that began in 2004 to internationalize every student’s education, Paus said, the enrollment of international students has more than doubled, from 12 percent to 27 percent, thanks to a greater push to recruit international students.

The article also featured a short profile of Kavita Ramdas ’85, a native of India who studied politics and international relations at Mount Holyoke.

A significant voice for women's human rights, Ramdas oversaw the Global Fund for Women for 14 years and built it into the world's largest public foundation for women's rights, supporting women in more than 170 countries.

Her time at Mount Holyoke enabled her to challenge and unlearn traditional stereotypes that she had internalized, Ramdas said.

“Mount Holyoke was completely liberating at every level,” she said.  “It very much shaped my sense that women could excel in every field.”  

In 2015, Mount Holyoke College was awarded NAFSA’s prestigious Paul Simon Award for excellence in international education.

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