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Building Intercultural Competencies through the Global Engineering Fellows Program

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Middle Atlantic ASEE Section Spring 2021 Conference



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April 9, 2021

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April 9, 2021

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April 10, 2021

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Patrick Tunno

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Patrick Tunno, MBA is the Director of the Center for Global Engineering Engagement and an Assistant Teaching Professor at Penn State University. He is a PhD candidate whose research focuses on study abroad and the impact of international experiences on the development of global competencies.

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In 2016, Anonymous University in the U.S.'s (AUUS) College of Engineering leveraged a need into an opportunity. Study abroad lacked visibility and promotion was limited. At the same time, students returning from global experiences desired to connect with their peers and continue to build on their global competencies and cultural intelligence. In response, the Global Anonymous University Fellows Program was created to provide an opportunity for globally engaged engineering students to build on their international experiences. In the program, students gel into a diverse cohort though a rigorous training program that teaches them (Cultural Intelligence) CQ, how to make inspiring oral presentations about their experiences, prepare for international work assignments, and collaborate in a multicultural team. The program has included engagement and site visits to global corporations, virtual briefings with the World Health Organization, a high ropes course leadership retreat, and extensive volunteer activities to further the global momentum of Anonymous University. In addition, Fellows serve the College of Anonymous University by generating interest in global opportunities and creating meaningful connections between the College’s international and domestic students. Fellows act as peer advisers for other engineering students interested in studying abroad, take a course focused on global professional development, and deliver presentations at classroom visits and other global engagement events. The program has been awarded an Advancing Global Anonymous University Outstanding Program Award, a grant for diversity and is sponsored by IES Abroad.

Tunno, P. (2021, April), Building Intercultural Competencies through the Global Engineering Fellows Program Paper presented at Middle Atlantic ASEE Section Spring 2021 Conference, Virtual . 10.18260/1-2--36289

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