The Chinese government has approved Oral Roberts University as an education destination for Chinese foreign exchange students, a move not given to just any university.
When President William M. Wilson came to Oral Roberts University, his vision of globalization was not new. The desire to cross borders and redefine geography in terms of Christian education were held closely by Chancellor Oral Roberts from the university’s founding. China has become one of the first to partner with ORU in these globalization initiatives.
In the future, ORU hopes to build a satellite campus in China. By 2025, satellite campuses will be planted on every inhabited continent. Before this happens, the university is slated to develop a global lens and expand international culture at home in the Tulsa campus.
Through a process called Collaborative Access Education, ORU will have the opportunity to form new partnerships with educational institutions and accelerate distance learning throughout the world.
Since 1965, over 115 countries have been represented on campus. The university is not willing to stop there. The third step in ORU’s globalization process is intensifying international recruiting efforts.
The 50th Anniversary Campaign To the Uttermost Bounds of the Earth is currently trying to raise $18 million for the specific use of globalization of the university.
“For 50 years, ORU has drawn future leaders from all over the world,” said Wilson. “In the next 50 years, ORU will build a truly global network of world-class, whole-person education opportunities – in Tulsa, on every inhabited continent and to the uttermost bounds of the Earth.”