The McDonnell International Scholars Academy’s 2013-14 cohort of scholars participated in the Academy’s Welcome Week activities, including a Scholar Cooking Challenge held at the Kitchen Conservatory in Clayton.
The Academy’s Welcome Week is designed to help foster relationships and build a cohesive network of scholars, strengthening the global ties between Washington University in St. Louis and the Academy’s 28 Partner Universities. The week is filled with team-building and cultural activities, including a community service component led by the Gephardt Institute. The scholars volunteered their time and energy to the Festival of Nations in Tower Grove Park on Sunday, August 25, 2013 as stage assistants and drink vendors.
This year’s cohort consists of scholars from China, India, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States. Their disciplines include engineering, economics, business, history, law and social work. The academy welcomed its first scholars from Australia and Ghana, culminating in 57 scholars in residence this year.
The McDonnell International Scholars Academy is now the hub of globalization efforts at Washington University. Its basic mission is to enhance understanding among people and institutions of the world, and it pursues this mission by collaborating with 28 premier research universities across the globe. The academy recruits future global leaders from partner institutions and mentors them as they pursue graduate and professional degrees at Washington University.