The GLOBAL SCHOLARS Program THRIVES IN HUB CITIES LIKE TAIPEI
AUGUST 23, 2017
In the 2016-17 school year, students and educators from 26 countries and 47 cities participated in the Global Scholars program; 13 of those cities were in the United States and 34 cities outside the U.S. The number of schools participating within each of those cities varies. As the number of participating schools in a particular city expands to include 3 or more schools, it becomes a “hub” city with a “hub” leader or central contact on the ground serving as a liaison with Global Scholars.
Our current hub cities include Barcelona, Boston, Buenos Aires, Buffalo, Fort Lauderdale, London, Madrid, Miami, Mumbai, New York, Taipei, Tel Aviv and Warsaw. For the 2017-18 school year, we are excited to see existing partner cities significantly expand their number of participating schools. In Taipei, Global Scholars will be expanding from 11 to 19 schools. We expect this expansion to continue; in fact, one Taipei school is also revising their English language curriculum in younger grades specifically to better to prepare students for Global Scholars as they reach middle school. This relationship has also been strengthened by having an educator from Taipei working at Global Cities, Inc. this summer, providing valuable feedback and support to our team and curriculum development.
One of the advantages to hub cities is the enhanced interaction among local teachers through professional development and networking. Cities with expanded participation are also able to host events where students and educators come together for end of year celebrations or large Skype sessions with international cities. We look forward to more cities across the globe expanding their participation with Global Scholars.