Global learning at Bryn Mawr is not new. It is baked into our history. Our initial requirements mandated knowledge of four languages to graduate. Our first few graduating classes included Umeko Tsuda, who founded Tsuda University in Japan, and Emily Green Balch, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for co-founding the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
Bryn Mawr’s approach to global learning is distinctive. Quite simply, global learning is threaded through every aspect of the College’s activities. And rather than assign responsibility for global learning to a single office, we have created structures and processes that bring these activities into constant communication with each other. Ours is a collaborative, interdisciplinary, institution-wide approach.
Global learning at Bryn Mawr:
- Threads through everything we do
- Is seen as relevant and vital for all students
- Crosses disciplinary boundaries
- Occurs both within and beyond the classroom
- Integrates scholarship and action
- Understands that 21st century knowledge must come from global dialogue
- Builds global connections that inform thinking and last a lifetime
- Values a globally diverse student body as a source for mutual learning
Umeko Tsuda traveling to the U.S. as part of the Iwakura Mission,1871.