MARCH 13, 2014
Boston College's innovative international doctoral program in social welfare, built around a partnership arrangement with Jesuit universities in Mexico and South America, is comfortably in stride mid-way through its second year of operation.
The first two students to enroll in the program – both from Mexican universities – are on the BC campus this academic year, with a second cohort slated to arrive in the fall and a third to be admitted shortly.
"We are very pleased with the progress thus far," said the program's director, Louise McMahon Ahearn Professor James Lubben of the Graduate School of Social Work, which houses the program. "Interest in the program at our current partner universities is very high, and several more Jesuit institutions in Latin America and Spain will be joining the partnership, or have expressed interest in doing so.
"This new program in social welfare has created a tremendous excitement in part because it fosters what could be called 'brain exchange' rather than the all-too-typical pattern of 'brain drain.' That is, the program promotes partnerships that assist in the building of intellectual capital in both countries focused on social welfare – as opposed to luring intellectual talent to the U.S. at the expense of the sending country."
Established in the summer of 2011, the international doctoral program in social welfare – funded through an agreement with Santander Universities, the philanthropic arm a part of Spain-based Banco Santander – enables BC to form partnerships and exchanges with Jesuit, Catholic universities worldwide to advance and professionalize the field of social welfare. The program offers research-driven knowledge, experience-based insight, and field-tested skills to address the unique issues faced by students’ respective countries or communities. Read more from the Boston College Chronicle »