International Education & Global Engagement
  • History:
    In 1985, CSULB's Center for International Education (CIE) desired to find a way to formally  recognize their students, staff, and faculty. Wanting to honor the specialized achievements of international students, U.S. students returning from study overseas, international scholars, staff involved in international education, and faculty engaged in scholarly endeavors, CIE set-out to find an honor society to fit their needs.

    After reviewing existing national honor societies, CIE deteremined that none of the options were appropriate for their specific focus on the international experience. A campus committee was formed and soon the Phi Beta Delta honor society, a group focused on international education and exchange, was born to both honor academic acheivements and to serve as a catalyst for international programming.
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    Our Goals:
    • To recognize the scholarly achievement of international students and scholars, who have studied abroad and faculty and staff who are involved in international activities.
    • To serve as a vehicle for the development of academic-based international programming.
    • To provide a network on each campus of faculty, staff and students involved in international endeavors.
    • To extend this network to thousands of members in chapters throughout the world.
    The Greek letters stand for the following:
    • Phi (philomatheia) –love of knowledge;
    • Beta (biotremmonia) –valuing of human; and
    • Delta (diapheren) –achieving excellence.
    The colors chosen for the honor society were red and gold. Red symbolizes the strength and diversity of humankind and gold is a symbol for the sun from which all people and cultures draw strength and life.
    The crest of the Society was designed with a globe, a torch, the sun, a book, and a shield. The globe represents the international perspective of the Society’s members. The torch symbolizes the leadership and influence of the Society. The sun stands for the energy in from which all cultures draw strength. The book symbolizes the coining and sharing for knowledge. The shield represents the preservation of academic freedom. The Society’s motto – Scientia Mutua Mundi (World’s Shared Knowledge) – is inscribed at the base of the crest.
    “Our enduring idea is to build a Society in which we, as international scholars, will maintain fellowship, and in which sound scholarship will be recognized.  The goal is not merely to honor international scholarship, but to excite and expedite it.”
    - Karl W.E Anatol, CSU-Long Beach
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