Transformation through internationalization T he strategic statement for Mount Allison says it is a goal of ours to find ways to “… connect our academic study and programming to our… roles as citizens in the community and in the world, in order to prepare students to make a contribution to their society.” The alumni profiled in this issue provide potent examples of Mount Allison’s global presence and how we, both currently and historically, are meeting this goal. Interest in internationalization goes well beyond simply increasing employment opportunities for our students and graduates. Internationalization takes participants on a much deeper journey — a journey of self-discovery, intercultural awareness and practice, and a fuller understanding of Canada’s place in the world. As a person who travels extensively and who has lived and worked overseas, I often say I learn as much about Canada when I travel as I do about the countries and the people I am visiting. Living and studying abroad challenges us to face our assumptions; to learn there is more than one way of doing something; and to more fully understand the global environment in which we all live and work. 36 / Winter 2014 / RECORD When I speak with students who have come from across the world, and/or students who have left Mount Allison to study abroad for a term, they all tell me how transformative the experience has been in their understanding of the world. They also share how they often learn we have more things in common with other peoples than we have differences. It is this sense of shared commonality, coupled with a celebration of diversity, which has spoken to them most profoundly. In the past six years, Mount Allison has expanded our internationalization efforts through the establishment of double degree programs; expanded international experiential learning programs; supported more volunteer opportunities; and established the international affairs unit to help provide program and administrative support for increased internationalization. All of these opportunities bring us ever closer to fully realizing our obligation of educating citizens of the world. Ron Byrne, Vice-President, International and Student Affairs