Greetings. It is a sincere pleasure to welcome you to our home page of International Programs (IP), at the University of Missouri, Columbia. I hope that your visit to this portal of MU's international initiatives will leave you stimulated and informed about our approach to international education, service and collaboration.
In 2001, MU embarked on a "global approach" to diversity and internalization to harmonize with contemporary and future global trends, felt to be sweeping across the globe. We moved in that direction in order that our students, university personnel and varied constituents might discover and embrace value propositions based on both individual and societal best interests in being equipped to co-exist and succeed during unprecedented change.
Like many institutions designated as a Land-Grant, Research One, AAU, Flagship Universities, the University of Missouri has positioned itself toward the future in step with the pace of change. Our MU International initiatives recognize the importance of change and are uniquely designed to help people here at home and around the globe achieve a higher level of understanding and comfort. Indeed, the challenges we are called upon to address are not uniquely confined to the state of Missouri or the United States. As streaming headlines will show, migration, global market forces, are leading people and industry to transcend borders today, as freely as capital and ideas began to do so some time ago. Needless to say, stress and tension result from the mesning of cultures, ideas and expectations.
We believe the MU's international initiatives are designed to help people, organizations and communities move with and through the change with greater understanding, less stress and with more commitment to helping to uplift all of mankind. Please enjoy your visit and communicate with us as we continue the bold endeavor of internalization.
Handy Williamson Vice Provost for International Programs, University of Missouri