Published 04/17/14

Beyond borders: Opportunities to cultivate global perspective abound

Students at Bryant had myriad occasions to engage in internationally focused learning experiences during the spring semester, including:

  • A presentation by Sergei Khrushchev, who spoke about his work in Ukraine and Russia in the 1990s. Khrushchev is the son of Nikita Khrushchev, who led the Soviet Union during the Cold War;
  • A discussion of global disease trends with Katherine Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Brown University;
  • An afternoon with Charles “Chas” Freeman, Jr., who participated in Bryant’s U.S.-China Institute’s China seminar series. Freeman is an American diplomat, businessman and writer who served as the Chinese interpreter for President Nixon during his historic visit to China in 1972;
  • A Global Community Hour with Dmytro Bashchysnkyy ‘14. His presentation about his home country of Ukraine included information about its culture, cuisine and traditions.

“I am impressed at what the University has done to focus on China. It is incredibly far-sighted which will pay off for students.”

Sergei Khrushchev speaks to studentsGlobal engagement is a cornerstone of the University’s strategic vision. Internationally-focused learning experiences like those offered this semester contribute to the global perspective students need for success in the international marketplace.

Khrushchev (left) discussed Ukraine’s economic considerations and featured personal anecdotes and reflections which shed light on the tense situation between Ukraine and Russia.

“We were pleased to have Sergei share his unique, personal perspective on Ukraine with our community,” said Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley. “Providing our students with direct exposure to such crucial events of world history prepares them for leadership roles in today’s global arena."

Smith’s talk discussed conservation medicine, a new field that studies effects of environmental change on infectious disease. Smith highlighted global disease trends, species invasion, and disease spread.

Freeman spoke about the current state of China and its relations with the U.S., Taiwan, North Korea, Russia and more. Before his lecture, Freeman toured the Bryant campus with President Machtley.

“I am impressed at what the University has done to focus on China,” Freeman said. “It is incredibly far-sighted which will pay off for students.”

Benjamin Heinemeyer ‘14 of Bethel, CT, says he appreciates speakers like Freeman coming to campus.

“It gives students the opportunity to have the real world perspective of someone who has really experienced what we are learning about.”