We live in a global society and the level of interconnectedness with countries throughout the world continues to increase every day and impact nearly every facet of our lives. Among the numerous objectives for higher education is the goal to ensure students are prepared for the globalization that affects our lives today and will assuredly increase in scope tomorrow and beyond. Enterprising students who commit to enriching international experiences will be better prepared to meet the challenges of this globalization.
The establishment of Memoranda of Understanding with partner universities throughout the world provides options for students from the College of Applied Science and Technology to travel and experience differing cultures, traditions, languages, food, historical vestiges, and academic entities. Currently CAST maintains cooperative relationships with over a dozen universities located throughout Europe, South America, and Asia.
The study abroad opportunities supported by CAST have been developed to provide exceptional international experiences for our students and faculty that undoubtedly promote mutual cultural understanding and contribute to an appreciation for our innate interconnectedness.
The knowledge and cultural awareness shared through the travel opportunities also serve to enhance the intellectual experience of the students and faculty. In CAST we view the globalization of our curricula and expansion of international travel opportunities as imperative to the applied nature of our academic majors. The experiences also contribute to our shared responsibility for making the world a better place in which to live and prosper.
Of course the globalization of our curricula cannot be accomplished without the necessary resources of time, money, leadership, and student initiative. We wish to thank our key donors and invite others to join this exciting initiative we call "CAST Global Scholars." By supporting the CAST Global Scholars initiative you will directly provide transformational international opportunities for our students. Your gift will help broaden the intellect of the students and foster an understanding of and an appreciation for our ever-changing global society.