Dear friends, partners, and colleagues,
We recently passed the one-year mark for global COVID-19 lockdowns. At Global Education and Training (GET), we are reflecting in this moment on our past and future. It has been a challenging period, yet there is cause for cautious optimism. The number of people vaccinated increases daily, and we see signs that international partners and students are willing to travel to our campus.
GET's foundations lie in immersive executive training. We look back on successful examples, such as our Specialized Program for Administrators, for inspiration in fostering skills development and intercultural understanding for managers. Connecting with alumni of our executive programs is one way GET expects to grow in the year ahead.
Meanwhile, GET's “Artificial Intelligence in Data Science” program, planned for summer 2021, looks to the future. As an online program open to undergraduates worldwide, it represents a new model for GET in providing access for students to expertise at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The focus in machine learning and data science creativity will challenge students to consider technological and social implications of a global society increasingly reliant on AI.
Whether face-to-face or online, GET will continue to carry out its core goals of connecting people to knowledge, and to each other.
Dr. Matt Rosenstein