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OBU to Host Global Education Meeting, Celebration

September 10, 2012

Oklahoma Baptist University and OBU President David W. Whitlock will host the Consortium for Global Education Sept. 19-21 for the organization's 2012 Annual Meeting and 25th Anniversary Celebration.

Founded in 1987, the Consortium for Global Education (CGE) is a non-profit global organization with a membership of accredited American private universities and colleges, with consortium campuses located in 19 states in the United States, and affiliate university and college members equally committed to quality programs of international education.

Workshops during the annual meeting will include:

Eight founding member university presidents met in 1987 to investigate how administrators, faculty and students could strategically make a global impact on international education through learning, service and sharing professional expertise in higher education. Currently, more than 40 consortium members represent approximately 72,050 undergraduate students and more than 7306 full-time faculty. Each member of the consortium is committed to a high value of quality academic education and supports the internationalization of higher education through student and faculty global participation.

CGE supports global development in education with educators and students in nations that have a common vision for increasing student learning and a global worldview. CGE project participants combine research-based practices with an educator's passion for sharing skillful expertise overseas.

During these 20 years, CGE has helped place member institutions in a global network with key universities in at least 80 nations representing Africa, East Asia, Central Asia, Europe, Middle East and Southeast Asia. Every year, CGE assists hundreds of faculty members and thousands of students to participate in CGE-related overseas study, service and teaching programs that include: university and school partnerships; professional online training for faculty and teachers; workshops and lecture series; exchanges for faculty and students; international conferences and forums; summer study programs; and collaborative research.

CGE member universities and colleges have become a gateway to the world for American educators and professionals who provide access to educational venues in countries desiring quality education, global stability, professional and economic development and civil societies. As global issues force a measured and well-planned response for international participation, CGE is well positioned to foster integrative educational partnerships that are mutually beneficial.

For more information about the OBU event, contact Nancy Deichman, executive secretary to the president, at (405) 585-5801 or via email at

For more information about the Consortium for Global Education, visit the organization's website.