An early train from Capolago-Riva San Vitale through the Swiss Alps to Zurich.  Mostly quiet enjoying the views and lost in my thoughts about the 2012 Global Perspectives program.  A special experience which none of us wanted to end. It … Continue reading

I don’t want this to end!!

Just being consistent with what I said today about postings being too formal and not inviting to conversation, I just want to say this has been an incredible experience, and I just don’t want it to finish!!! All places, conversations, … Continue reading

Week one complete

A week ago today, we gathered in Zurich to begin our journey.  Since then, we have visited 7 universities varying in mission and size; one more to go.  We met with Presidents (Rectors) of three universities (University of Basel, University … Continue reading

University of Basel Mission Statement

Dear GPP/PFP fellows A long time ago, I promised to post a translation of the University of Basel Mission Statement. Finally, I accomplished it. I hope the text is understandable. Looking forward to meeting you guys next week in Riva. … Continue reading

My Obsession with Signs

So, as many of you have noticed, I’m kind of obsessed with signs… That’s because part of what I study is visual rhetoric, the use of images for rhetorical purposes. On this trip, I’m specifically interested in the similarities and differences between street and warning signs in the U.S. and here in Europe. More specifically, […]


Yesterday, we had the chance to visit SUPSI and USI, two of the most unique and neat instructions that we’ve seen so far on this trip. SUPSI is a school of  applied science while USI, a university, has the closest feel to small private college in the states. Both provided great opportunities for interaction, with […]

Hello, hallo, grüezi, bonjour, guten tag!

On Tuesday we were fortunate enough to hop across the border and visit a french institution of higher education – University of Strasbourg, or Unistra. The University has a rather interesting history, mostly from its mandated split into three universities, its reunification, and the handing over of control from the French government to university leaders. […]

A productive day at UZ and ETH

Our first full day of tours has provided us with more information than I could have ever compiled from my desk at Virginia Tech. The chance to hear from professors with experiences in higher education both in the United States … Continue reading

Hi again!!!

I know I have been very bad at posting, but I promise I will get into it from now on!!! So, we are all already in Zürich and today we visited the first 2 Universities from the program: University of … Continue reading

Administrators, colleagues, and faculty… oh my!

Today we had the pleasure of visiting with colleagues, faculty, and administrators from the University of Zurich and ETH. Both were very interesting experiences, as much because of the similarities between schools as the differences. For instance, the academic standards seem to vary in ways because, for us, the first “cut” happens during the application […]