Global Summit 2014

    Interdisciplinary Learning in Graduate Education and Research


    Newfoundland, Canada
    September 7-10, 2014


    As interdisciplinary research generates increasing excitement in the international community, its graduate institutions have the potential to prepare the next generation of research professionals to conduct research and collaborate beyond the bounds of one discipline. At the same time, graduate institutions often confront many barriers to creating and delivering interdisciplinary experiences for master’s and doctoral students.


    Interdisciplinarity raises many questions that can be productively explored in an international context: How is interdisciplinary graduate education and research defined by graduate institutions in different countries and regions? What challenges of interdisciplinary graduate education are common to most universities around the globe? What can we learn from different models of successful interdisciplinary training and research? How should graduate leaders decide which investments in interdisciplinary graduate education are most rewarding for their students, faculty and institutions?


    A collaboration between CGS and the Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), the 2014 Strategic Leaders Global Summit addressed these and other pressing questions. Summit participants were nominated by the leaders of international organizations devoted to graduate education.


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    CGS contributions to the 2014 Summit were supported by a generous gift from ProQuest.



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