Mission and Overview
The Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP)'s mission is to connect professional education to the expertise of Michigan State University, a world leader in global research and leadership training. VIPP creates practical links between the world-class faculty at MSU and global industries, businesses, governments, and societies.
In order to address current and future challenges, professionals seek global perspectives to enhance their knowledge base with their peers around the world. VIPP's non-degree, certificate programs are committed to globalizing perspectives and innovating futures.
Dean Gill-Chin Lim originally developed VIPP as a professional education program in 1991 as part of International Studies and Programs. Since the first program of eight participants, VIPP has expanded to include four distinct programs with more than 200 participants each year, and more than 4,000 alumni from 30 countries.
Participants engage in regular academic classes, specialized lectures, group discussions, seminars and independent research on MSU's campus in East Lansing, Michigan. Programs utilize a vast array of resources to meet the goals of VIPP.
VIPP is dedicated to globalizing perspectives and innovating futures, helping participants gain a deeper understanding of their professional fields through achievement of three goals:
Professional Development - Reinvigorate your professional knowledge base by exploring broader global perspectives, gaining expertise in advanced technology and developing solutions to the most challenging problems facing your profession today.
Cultural Enhancement - Experience the cultures of many countries, interacting with MSU's diverse faculty and research partners as well as the surrounding community to promote both cross-cultural and multicultural understanding.
Global Awareness - Network with faculty, staff, students and community members from around the world, developing new insight into the relevance of global issues in both your personal and professional life.