Benedictine U. Hopes to Prepare Students for World Economy

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Byline: Deborah Pankey Daily Herald Staff Writer

Benedictine University is preparing students to work in a global marketplace and has received a federal grant to help achieve that goal.

Benedictine is one of 29 institutions in the country to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Undergraduate International and Foreign Language Program.

The grant, $80,000 this year and $110,000 next year, will be used to establish a Center for International Studies on the Lisle campus, university officials said.

"Students in the 21st century will have to leave here and compete in the world economy; this is a step in that direction," university President William Carroll said.

"Students have to know how to deal in cultures other than our own," Carroll said. "We have to undo the stereotype of the bumbling American."

Toward that end, the university will offer a series of classes focusing on Latin America, said Professor Margarete Roth, director of International Programs and Studies.

"We find that a lot of our graduates end up dealing with Spanish clients, patients," Roth said. …