Global Leadership Faculty Member Attends International Conference

Rick Arrowood, a faculty member in the Master’s in Nonprofit Management and Global Leadership programs at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies (CPS), recently participated in a

panel discussion on internationalization strategies at the Asia-Pacific Association of International Education in Hong Kong.  The panel session provided policy makers and educators with new ways of developing, sustaining and maintaining international educational partnerships.

Arrowood shared his observations, developed by his firsthand experience, on the importance of sustaining international education partnerships, particularly in a transnational setting. In his presentation, Arrowood highlighted the Northeastern University-Swinburne University Global Leadership Dual Degree Master’s program, where he teaches leadership studies to a multicultural student body on campus in Melbourne, Australia.  

“It is not enough to say that you have an international education partner—faculty and administrators must engage on a regular basis, foster innovation and creativity, and most of all, give students something they can’t get anywhere else,” Arrowood stated in his opening remarks.

During his presentation he shared a preview of his current research in international dual degree master’s programs that includes a qualitative study aimed at determining value-added contributions such as student satisfaction, online and face-to-face course delivery, and competitive advantages in the global marketplace.

“Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies is known worldwide for its innovative approach to education and co-op learning.  I am very excited to explore our international engagement strategies with the aim of including quantitative and qualitative research methodologies as key performance indicators to educate and inform ourselves, our partners, and our students.”

Based in Boston, Arrowood teaches in both the Master’s in Leadership and Nonprofit Management degree programs at CPS and each year he teaches for two to three months in the Swinburne Leadership program. The partnership between the two universities began in 2006, and since its inception, over 200 students have graduated from the program.

Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies (CPS) is committed to providing career-focused educational programs that are designed to accommodate the complex lives of motivated learners. Offered in a variety of innovative formats, CPS courses are taught by accomplished scholars and practitioners who have real-world experience. The result is an educational experience founded on proven scholarship, strengthened with practical application, and sustained by academic excellence.

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a comprehensive, global research university. The university offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and more than 165 graduate programs, ranging from professional master’s degrees to interdisciplinary PhD programs. Northeastern’s research enterprise is aligned with three national imperatives: health, security and sustainability. Northeastern students participate in co-op and other forms of experiential learning in 90 countries on all seven continents.