St. Edward’s University will prepare its graduates for the opportunities and challenges presented by accelerating technological, economic and cultural changes, fostering in them moral clarity, global sensitivity, professional preparation and the lifelong benefits of a liberal arts education.
Our Commitment to Global Education
At St. Edward’s, we see global experience as a keystone of education, whether you plan to someday work for a multinational corporation, at a nonprofit delivering food and supplies for relief efforts, as an entrepreneur inventor of a new technology or as a teacher in a small rural school in the United States.
In the last 15 years, our focus on mission-centered education has positioned St. Edward’s as one of the best small universities in the country, with a keen eye on the future. We foresee the educational demands of a global environment in which international borders become more permeable; where service, leadership and problem-solving transcend cultural boundaries; and where virtual classrooms unite students of all backgrounds.
Today’s university graduates live and work in this culturally, economically, religiously and politically interdependent world. St. Edward’s is committed to academic excellence that is informed by a world perspective.
Strategic Priorities 2018 will guide us in preparing an increasingly diverse and academically talented student body to thrive in this challenging century — while maintaining a personalized educational experience that emphasizes critical thinking and social justice.
Mapping Our Future
Academic programs at St. Edward’s have long included international majors and language degrees. We recently added a Certificate in Global Understanding that allows students to enhance their chosen degree and to better prepare to lead in an interconnected world and global economy.
In the tradition of our Holy Cross founders, we’ve embarked on new partnerships around the world to provide students every advantage for the 21st century. From Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East to partnerships with Apple®, Microsoft®, Institut Bois-Robert, Université Catholique de L’Ouest, Asia Pacific University, University of Notre Dame Australia, and others, St. Edward’s is growing relationships abroad. This enables students to experience education through a vast and diverse array of lenses.
Centers of Excellence at St. Edward’s bring renowned speakers from across the globe to debate social justice, economic and political issues or prepare faculty to teach for this brave new world. Events have included dialogues with Madeleine Albright, former U.S. secretary of state, and Mari Skaare, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security; and panels of international scholars discussing religious perspectives on security in the Middle East and ways to counter violent extremism in the transatlantic community.
On the Austin campus, multicultural experiences underpin both the academic and the social experience for students at St. Edward’s. Embracing Hispanic, Asian, African, European and other cultural traditions, you’ll find food festivals, mariachi bands, Sunday Mass, the Autumn Moon Festival, Ramadan celebrations and Hillel Toppers sharing Passover. Students enrich each other by sharing their own traditions through campuswide events and through a variety of clubs and organizations.