Education Diplomacy: Building US-Cuban Educational Partnerships
International education is a key public diplomacy tool supporting
the advancement of US strategic initiatives abroad. The recent restoration of
full diplomatic relations with Cuba has thus prompted an abundance of interest
among US higher education institutions (HEIs) in building partnerships and
programs with universities on the island. Yet alongside this surge of activity,
there remains a knowledge gap in terms of the strategic use of resources,
alignment of priorities, and infrastructure capabilities to support the
effective and sustainable development of exchange programs and partnerships.
This practicum will focus on building the frameworks and
developing the foundational resources necessary to support the development of
the US’s educational diplomacy initiatives in Cuba. Working with our clients and
in-country partners we will research the goals, capacity and infrastructure of Cuban
partners, as well as best practices in Cuban exchanges in other contexts. Deliverables may include an electronic toolkit to offer strategic
guidance to US HEIs interested in building educational partnerships in Cuba, a webinar for HEI
international officers and/or a whitepaper report. This
practicum is ideal for students interested in learning about the drivers,
actors, and tools necessary to create sustainable and transformational educational, cultural or
public diplomacy programs, internationalization and exchange in higher
education, and/or public-private partnership development in education.
2016 Course Dates
These dates are tentative and subject to change:
In-class Meeting Dates and Times-
Washington, DC:May 23, May
25, June 1 (teams only), June 6, June 8, June 24, June 27, June 29; 5:30-8:00
Travel to Cuba: June 11th-19th
Draft Deliverable Due to Faculty: July 1st
Presentation to Client: July 7th
Final Deliverable Due to Client and Professor: July 9th
Expected student expenses include: AU tuition, international travel, visa fee (if applicable), and most meals.
Accommodation and program related travel expenses are covered at no additional cost to students.
Who Should Apply
All SIS students are welcome to apply for this practicum, but
preference will be given to students with a demonstrated interest and
background in international education, higher education and public-private
partnership development, and/or public and cultural diplomacy. Strong
applicants will also have some research methods coursework and/or experience.
Program design coursework and/or experience is also helpful. Spanish language
skills desirable but not required.
be eligible to participate in any SIS Practicum, MA students must be in good
academic standing (including a 3.0 cumulative GPA) and have completed 18
credits of graduate coursework by the end of the spring 2014 semester, prior to
participating in the Practicum. Dual degree students (e.g. MA/MBA, JD/MA, and
KU/MA) must have completed at least 9 of the minimum 18 credits to participate.
Students from any MA program can apply to this practicum.
Application and Deadlines
The application deadline is March 1, 2016.
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As part of the review process, the Faculty Leader may invite students to
meet with her to discuss the submitted application. Once admitted to
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If accepted, students will be required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $250 to
SIS, through a check or money order made payable to American
University, to secure their place in the Program.