Illustration by Daniel Herzberg
I am betting that the mere mention of it may have some of you humming and straining to remember the lyrics. While the tune holds little currency with Tulane students today, its title is a very apt description of the university, and the universe, they are currently experiencing.
We like to brag that Tulane students travel farther than any students — an average of 900 miles — to attend college. That means students come from distant hometowns within the continental United States, but increasingly our geographic diversity is encompassing the world.
More than 1,300 international students from more than 85 countries now call Tulane home. China, India and Spain are the leaders. This international population brings vast benefits to our students, to Tulane and to the world.
Classrooms that reflect the world’s rich variety of thought, perspectives and insights, that view problems through a global lens and find solutions for a common good are the best at equipping our students to be the leaders and innovators of a better tomorrow.
Tulane students from around the globe engage in a transformative, innovative learning experience that can create positive change throughout the world. A good example is recent Tulane graduate Taofeeq Adebayo. A native of Nigeria, he collaborated with fellow students to create a Yoruba language version of Longman’s Basic Science 1 for middle school students. He recently returned to Nigeria where he worked in schools, teaching from the translated text and providing students a level of understanding that can only be gained by encountering a subject in one’s native language.