WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - To help students gain more experience and understanding of an international world, Purdue president Mitch Daniels wants more students to study abroad.
"It's a cliché because it's true that our students will live and lead in a global economy," Daniels said.
Daniels said it's part of a well-rounded education.
"To understand other cultures, the way in which nations' interests are interconnected. That's just an important part of modern education."
Daniels said, with so many international students on campus there is actually a low rate of students studying abroad. The push for more students to go abroad is part of Daniels' 10 initiatives for the university announced this week.
Purdue professor David Sanders said while he doesn't agree with all points Daniels proposed, he does feel the same about studying abroad.
"It is increasingly important for students to be able to get a broader perspective on the world and study abroad is an extremely important component for that and I have always supported that," Sanders said.
For students the experience is a valuable educational experience outside of the classroom.
"It gives you a new experience so you can get used to adapting to new situations, so that's also very important," Purdue student Nikola Plavsa said.
Many times, a lack of money prevents students from studying over seas. Daniels said the university plans on offering more scholarships to help combat that.
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