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ACES celebrates 10 years of the Global Academy
Last week dozens of ACES faculty and staff and colleagues from across the campus gathered to celebrate 10 years of the ACES Academy for Global Engagement (Global Academy).
Each year 6-8 new scholars are admitted into this unique training program but never before had all the scholars from all the different “classes” been in the same room to share experiences and celebrate the overall value of this program that has supported international activities and strengthened ACES international partnerships.
Each year’s Global Academy program culminates with an international immersion trip, and naturally many of the stories shared focused on these trips which have often resulted in new research collaborations with international colleagues as well as expanded worldviews.
At the closing of the event’s official program which included testimonials from several of the former Academy fellows and introduction of the new class of scholars, the room was immediately loudly abuzz with conversations and comradery.
With so many internationally focused colleagues in the same room celebrating the success of this program, it was once again so obvious to me that “ACES is International.”Learn more about the ACES Global Academy here: http://international.aces.illinois.edu/