Hisar School’s Global Engagement Policy
As it is clearly indicated in its mission statement, Hisar School demonstrates a strong commitment to internationalism in education and aims at developing global citizenship in students. Moreover, it is opted to reflect this through all academic and administrative processes of the institution. Hisar School’s strategic objectives include the development of global culture and experience at Hisar and the improvement of Hisar’s reputation for excellence and impact in education.
This document is on Hisar School’s global engagement strategy, particularly as it pertains to education, innovation, student activities and outreach. Hisar should actively seek global partners of exceptional caliber to enrich its students, teachers, staff and alumni while it, in turn, shares the Hisar culture with its partners in an effort to provide inspiring, transparent and collaborative understanding in the future. Enhancement of Hisar School’s global footprint is critical and essential in order to continue to evolve in an increasingly competitive international environment.
Hisar must collaborate with other high caliber schools and universities from all over the world to facilitate the mobility of knowledge. This collaboration will tend to motivate the engagement and develop the teaching skills of the Hisar’s faculty, which in turn nourishes the education of the students so that the cycle will continue with outstanding students from Hisar discovering their unique talents and skills in order to be admitted to major global universities that are a best fit for their goals. The interaction of the faculty with global partners should continue at various levels, ranging from joint projects to joint teaching. Although this commitment faces competitive and administrative challenges, it must be nourished and strengthened at all times.
International Faculty: Hisar has a potential to attract high quality international faculty members by integrating them into an active community. This will boost national, linguistic and cultural diversity on campus, bring global talent and experience, enrich the learning experience of the students and help forge global education initiatives. Moreover, increasing the number of high quality international faculty will not only impact and improve students’ English language skills, but will also advance the students’s capability to capture other foreign languages, which in turn will improve their standardized test scores in all subject areas.
Student Exchange: Reciprocal student exchange programs should be designed with partner schools since the presence of exchange students in the classrooms is proven to deepen the learning experience for all by introducing new perspectives. Although this would require more student support services, a host family program designed for housing exchange students would increase community participation, improve school pride and foster a closer community spirit.To sustain these programs, one should note that students pay tuition to their home schools and it is crucial to maintain a balance between incoming and outgoing students.
Faculty and Staff Exchange: Global education systems have recognized the importance of faculty and staff mobility where faculty members and administrative staff can visit other schools in the form of a short-term visit.
Joint Programs/Co-teaching: Hisar administration should promote faculty-led short-term programs or crash courses organized jointly with some partner school in the summer or in the winter. This effort should be defined to include the development of joint curricula as well.
Study Abroad: Hisar must consider designing and supporting its own faculty-led study abroad programs with experiential learning and find the means for financing such initiatives. This will boost the global footprint of Hisar students and faculty.
Campus Abroad: Hisar must also consider establishing global locations and opening a satellite campus abroad. As its alumni presence abroad grows, having a global foothold can be strategic advantage in the long run. Although this might be a real long term goal, it would strengthen Hisar and build a global reputation in order to attract high caliber students to international campuses. It could start at a grass roots level of opening alumni chapters abroad.
Hisar OnLine: As Hisar promotes student engagement in taking online courses offered by various schools and universities around the world, it might consider developing an open platform combining cloud-based online courses, real-time video sessions, and similar online tutorial technologies, providing Hisar students with the scheduling flexibility and the ability to join classes from anywhere and reaching out and conveying Hisar’s expertise to global student communities everywhere in the world.
Library resources: The in-house resources and the services of the Hisar Library, which have been designed to support the teaching, learning and research needs across the campus, can be supplemented by electronic access to visual and auditory multi-media such as academic titles, scholarly journals, eBooks, magazine membership worldwide, library databases in various languages, rare collections and archives of global partners if the involved parties agree to co-share the resource
Accreditation: As the Turkish education system grows with the entrance of new institutions, at some point all schools have to use some sort of accreditation to guarantee a minimum level of coherence across different schools. Hisar has used international accreditation agencies so as to comply with international standards and must selectively continue to use accreditation to preserve the value of its diploma.
Cooperation with International Universities:
University Admission: The Hisar’s college counseling office has been already networking with a great number of university admissions from all over the world. Developing more formal programs with universities that educate the Hisar community, inform the university community about us and enhance its profile would still broaden the knowledge base.
Professional Development: Hisar should support and develop high caliber certificate and degree programs with well-known universities for the professional development of its faculty and staff. Collaborating with university faculty on joint research projects would further contribute to the professional skills and project management experience of Hisar’s faculty.
Innovation being defined as “the process that moves ideas from their identification to their use for the betterment of humanity”, Hisar should recognize the need for enhancing its capability globally to innovate in diverse multi-disciplinary fields and should encourage students and faculty to work together across disciplines so as to foster a wider appreciation for diverse interests and talents. The efforts should be geared towards creating innovative joint research opportunities and developing international research partnerships. In addition to local infrastructure and eco-system development, Hisar should consider taking a more active role in global innovation networks. A social innovation network (HisarConnect) might be developed to foster creative interactions.
Student life at Hisar campus is rich with student club activities, and field trips which are the main forms of socialization among students. Many student club activities have set the standard for the intellectual life of students and the Hisar community at large. The wide range of student community service has further increased awareness of their responsibilities to society and sharing their talents, skills and resources. The natural extension of student club activities and community service should be to go global. In today’s world of interconnectivity, student networks form and operate on an international scale. Although the Hisar administration has always provided incentives for students and student clubs to pursue global activities, it should further its efforts in formally designing student global internship programs with a variety of international organizations and promoting them within the student body.
Hisar should develop marketing and funding strategies that will help promote Hisar School in global world as a distinctive school. Global Hisar community should be established to achieve this aim, and outreach efforts should target its alumni, friends, and organizations by engaging them in different facets of school’s activities. Friend-raising and fund-raising activities are part of this initiative.
Alumni: Hisar will naturally build a strong global presence via its worldwide alumni. Alumni abroad need to hear from their alma mater and the administration should find ways to connect alumni with the School. Developing a more formal program or tradition of Hisar School hosting regular alumni events overseas would strengthen the bonds alumni have with Hisar and build stronger community spirit. It would create a great impact to develop an alumni mentor program for the high school students to learn about different career paths.
Friends: Hisar has the potential to build a sizeable and effective community living abroad who are friends of the Hisar School. Their association with the School can be personal or institutional. Whichever the case, the friends of Hisar School will also need to be informed and relationships need to be nourished. Hisar should seek partnership and focus on coordinated engagement with renowned NGO’s and global industry -business sectors to develop joint projects.
Fund-raising: A significant outcome of outreach efforts in the long run should be geared towards establishing an endowment fund for Hisar globally which would benefit the Hisar collaborations and facilitate the international aspect for funding the above mentioned value-added activities.
The link will direct you to our draft MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) which lays out our principles for academic cooperation arrangements.