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Sinclair Selected for US-Japan Collaborative Online International Learning Initiative

Sinclair College was recently named by the American Council on Education as one of six U.S. colleges and universities to be part of the US Japan Collaborative Online International Learning Initiative (COIL), which aims to expand US-Japan higher education ties through collaborative online teaching.

The goal of COIL is to expand opportunities for greater numbers of students enrolled at collaborating institutions to gain international exposure. The American Council on Education recognizes the COIL model as a cost-effective, accessible method for delivering global learning and intercultural experience to greater number of U.S students.

“This is an excellent opportunity for Sinclair students who may not have the means to interact with students abroad, to learn more about different cultures, virtually meet students from other parts of the world and collaborate on projects,” said Deborah Gavlik, Sinclair’s International Education Office Director.

“It’s an honor to be the only community college selected for this partnership,” said Steve Johnson, President at Sinclair Community College. “Sinclair has seen tremendous growth in student success and completion over the past several years and it is great that we now have the opportunity to extend our efforts across international boundaries through online learning. Our International Education department is focused on building global awareness and developing global partnerships and the COIL initiative is a wonderful way to make that happen. This will help our students and the region to be prepared for success in an increasingly global environment.”

Sinclair Community College has a strong history of internationalizing its curriculum and implementing significant inter-institutional collaborations. The very location of Sinclair’s urban campus in the city of Dayton, where 28 languages are spoken and 43 community associations serve immigrants, provides a community environment conducive to Sinclair’s internationalization efforts. 

For more information, contact Deena John at 937-272-8208 or