Campus Spotlight: Wellesley College

Though some may not consider a single-sex school innovative, Wellesley College features unique programs that help students to be responsible global citizens. The college's latest exclusive endeavor is an institute honoring one very famous alumna. Learn more here.

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A Renowned Institution

Wellesley College is known for being a women's school and for its stellar liberal arts programming. The college, located near Boston, is also admired for its bucolic campus where academic buildings rest companionably alongside lakes, meadows and other naturally beautiful surroundings. And a recent campus addition is bringing even more acclaim to the prestigious school.

The Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs opened in January of 2010. Named after the first woman to be U.S. Secretary of State - who happens to be a Wellesley grad! - the Albright Institute provides students with experiences designed to help them thrive in leadership positions at the highest levels of government and diplomacy.

A Unique Institute

Many academic programs tout the ability to develop the next generation of world leaders. Among these institutions, however, tradition often helps to ensure that staid perspectives on world issues permeate teaching and academic programs. The Albright Institute has been set up in part to combat entrenched perspectives that often contribute to (rather than resolve) 21st century problems.

The Institute features an interdisciplinary approach to political and international studies, incorporating topics that include anthropology, sociology and religion. The intent is to provide students with background information that allows them to grasp complex international issues and embrace thoughtful worldviews. Students have the opportunity to develop critical thinking habits, a sense of civic obligation and decision-making skills. They also learn about ways technology and innovation can help transform our world.

Truly Global Perspectives

Wellesley College has long been known for its liberal arts programs featuring international perspectives. The culture at the school also has a strong global aspect. International students from more than 45 counties represent about 15 percent of the student population. And about half of juniors complete study abroad programs in other nations. Given the international characteristics of the school, the Albright Institute could not have been established in a better environment.

Ending armed conflicts, hunger, human trafficking and other international issues will not be easy. But as the Institute's namesake Madeline Albright has stated, 'Solving world problems today is all about an interdisciplinary approach, a network of partnerships and a willingness to listen and learn.' The Albright Institute is a place where young women can embrace this approach and work to become leaders producing change on the global stage.

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