A University Turns to the World

A University Turns to the World

by Ralph H. Smuckler


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A University Turns to the World examines the growth of Michigan State University’s pacesetting International program beginning in 1956, when President John Hannah named the nation’s first international dean, Glen Taggart, to head a university-wide effort. In the years that followed, MSU’s technical assistance projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America were an important contribution to economic growth and development, and they were integral to broad efforts to strengthen the international dimension at home. The faculty members who went to Okinawa, Colombia, Brazil, South Vietnam, and Pakistan in the early years defined important goals and they learned much. As the years passed, their experiences led to increased sensitivity to the complexities of development activity and the need for patience.
     Smuckler’s leadership of the international program and intimate involvement in MSU’s work at home and abroad enable him to recapture the dreams and disappointments of the development promise. Ultimately, Smuckler demonstrates that the development programs of the mid-twentieth century paved the way for valuable new research activities and long-term mutually beneficial ties between MSU faculty and institutions and colleagues overseas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870136467
Publisher: Michigan State University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2002
Pages: 189
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ralph H. Smuckler was a faculty member at Michigan State University from 1951 until his retirement in 1993. Smuckler witnessed and led MSU’s international studies and programs as they grew to national leadership and world prominence.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviationsxv
1A Visionary Beginning1
2The Vietnam Project7
3The Early Years of the International Program19
4Return to Vietnam31
5Michigan State's Response to President Truman's Point IV Initiative43
6The Development Project Experience56
7Michigan State University and Africa67
8Campus Academic Goals and Strategies80
9American Students Abroad and International Students at MSU94
10Our Pakistan Experiences107
11On Aiding AID123
12MSU and International Education on the National Scene138
13The Later Years150
14Summing Up: Toward a New Agenda165

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