Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2007-09-25

Samford University will host the 20th annual meeting of the Consortium for Global Education (CGE) Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29.

"Educating for Global Leadership" is the theme of this year's meeting. About 115 participants from 25 CGE member schools are expected to attend.

Organized in 1987, CGE is a consortium of more than 40 private U.S. colleges and universities committed to international education, service and sharing. Working as individual schools and as cohort groups, CGE member institutions have established about 241 mutually beneficial partnerships with universities in more than 80 countries.

Reports on these international learning and teaching experiences will be part of the two-day meeting.

Session topics include reports on programs in the Middle East and updates on developing student and faculty leadership in a variety of global settings such as Asia and and Eastern Europe.

Keynote presenters include Samford's Beeson Divinity School dean Dr. Timothy George, who will speak on "The World Christian Movement: Lessons from William Carey and Philip Jenkins.

Dr. Tite Tienou, vice president for education at Trinity International University, Deerfield, Ill., will speak on "Revitalizing Christian Higher Education in the Age of World Christianity."

Samford president Dr. Andrew Westmoreland, a former chair of the CGE executive committee, will also address the group.

Dr. David Dockery, president of Union University, Jackson, Tenn., is CGE executive committee chair. Dr. Carolyn G. Bishop is CGE president.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.