By Lee Hermiston and Emily Schettler, The Iowa City Press-Citizen
As 2010 turns to 2011, the Press-Citizen takes a look at the 10 people to watch in the coming year.
The collection of photos on Scott King’s office wall are proof of his dedication to international learning. King, 57, grew up in Maine and said he only traveled outside of New England two times before he left for college. Since then he’s traveled to more than 40 countries as a student and a professional. He has worked at the University of Iowa as the Assistant Dean of International Programs in the International Student & Scholar Services for seven years, and has helped dramatically increase the number of international students attending school at UI.
In 2003, there were about 350 international undergraduate students, King said. In 2010, there were nearly 1,300. King said that has been beneficial to international and domestic students alike.
“We’ve seen a realization of the importance of international experience, and it’s important to bring it into Iowa as well,” King said. “A lot of Iowa students come from small communities. This is a way for them to learn about wider parts of the world through students we have here.”
Working and living with students from other countries is all part of obtaining a global education, he said.
“That’s the world you’re going into now.” King said. “Education isn’t just what we do in the classroom.”