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Defiance College and Washington-DC based Center for Strategic and International Studies Partner to Provide Enhanced Training and Networking Opportunities for Defiance College Students

April 17, 2013


DEFIANCE, Ohio – Defiance College (DC) and the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy at Washington, D.C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) announced today that they are partnering to provide enhanced training in global issues for Defiance College students. The partnership will also provide interested DC students with additional potential internship and networking opportunities.

As a first step, CSIS’s Leadership Academy has agreed to make a wide range of CSIS-developed training materials available for use in Defiance College’s International and Global Studies classes. These materials will enable DC students to access the latest ideas crafted by national experts on a wide range of international and global issues. DC students will also be able to participate remotely in a series of CSIS-sponsored lectures, and CSIS has agreed to use its network of experts on international issues to provide eminent speakers and experts to be piped in to DC classrooms.

Through this partnership, DC students in its International and Global Studies (IGS) program will also visit CSIS in Washington, D.C. and meet with various experts and other national and international leaders. Defiance College has also agreed to serve as a testing place for educational materials developed by CSIS. In addition, CSIS has agreed to work with Defiance’s IGS program in developing educational international travel opportunities for IGS students. (All eligible DC students receive an international travel opportunity in either their junior or senior year.)

“I am truly delighted that the prestigious and renowned Center for Strategic and International Studies has agreed to enter into this partnership with Defiance College,” said DC President Mark C. Gordon. “This will enable DC to offer world class training and opportunities for our IGS students. It is also the first step in what we hope will be a broader partnership to enhance opportunities for all DC students to expand their familiarity with international issues. On a personal level, I want to thank CSIS President John Hamre for his impressive leadership and willingness to ‘think outside the box’ with us in making this partnership happen.”

“I am very impressed with the commitment of Defiance College to bring international training and knowledge to its students both through international travel and in the classroom,” said CSIS President John Hamre. “Both President Gordon and I see this as an initial step toward what we hope will become a pioneering national program to enhance the global literacy of a wide range of Defiance College students, giving them a significant advantage as they compete in today’s globalized world.”

About CSIS
CSIS is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Center’s 220 full-time staff and large network of affiliated scholars conduct research and analysis and develop policy initiatives that look to the future and anticipate change. Since 1962, CSIS has been dedicated to finding ways to sustain American prominence and prosperity as a force for good in the world. The Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy, inaugurated in 2002, seeks to empower an emerging generation of globally competent leaders by promoting creativity and character as fundamental aspects of leadership and service.

About Defiance College
Defiance College, chartered in 1850, is an independent, liberal arts institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of service and engagement. The college website is