Goal 2

Lead and influence global scholarship, research, and teaching

Table of Contents | Goal I | Goal II | Goal III

Strategy 1: Select partners that magnify and expand Emory’s global activities

In support of Emory’s commitment to meaningful collaboration, the university should prioritize strategic partnerships to magnify its impact abroad. With many universities expanding their global footprint, Emory must lead with its internationally recognized strengths and select partners that complement them. This approach will bring greater recognition and more lasting impact than if Emory acted alone.

Initiative 1: Seek strategic partnerships with foreign governments, universities, and other organizations that foster collaborative research and discovery

Emory’s highly successful international projects, such as the Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia Partnership and the ICGEB-Emory Global Vaccine Center in India, demonstrate that engaging foreign governments and organizations can result in more successful outcomes and greater impact.

Many countries with growing economies—like China, India, and Brazil—are acutely aware that current demographic trends are leading to a serious capacity gap in their ability to educate and train their own citizens. With this demographic shift in mind, massive investment in skills and education are already underway abroad. This investment represents a clear opportunity for growth at Emory. Cultivating strategic partnerships abroad with governments, universities, and other organizations will form the basis for robust academic and research collaborations that will enhance the scholarship of Emory faculty.

UPDATE: In FY2016, Emory signed strategic partnership agreements with Hanban in China and Yonsei University in South Korea, as well as with the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and Fulbright Brasil. Each of these agreements funds some manner of knowledge exchange, whether through the creation of a new tenure track professorship at Emory, the development of a travel bursary to fund collaborative research, or the opportunity to bring senior Brazilian scholars to campus to study and teach within the Emory community.

Strategy 2: Connect and lead globally through the production of knowledge and the direct exchange of ideas

The creation of knowledge is increasingly a global endeavor. In 2002, Emory publications with an international coauthor made up 19% of Emory’s total research output. In 2015, 43% of Emory publications featured an international coauthor. Internationally coauthored publications received more than 6.6 times the citations than domestically coauthored publications alone. As Emory looks to further its international agenda, it must promote opportunities to bring together Emory faculty with researchers abroad to advance knowledge.

Initiative 1: Invigorate scholarship through direct faculty exchanges

More than 50 Emory faculty and staff have won Fulbright fellowships since 1998, with at least one recipient each year. These fellowships often have served to spark long-term projects and ongoing collaborations. Emory should strengthen support for exchange opportunities like these and develop similar exchanges with strategic partners abroad.

UPDATE: GSI has created a robust program of Fellowship Faculty Support focusing on Fulbright opportunities and is working on expanding this infrastructure to take advantage of other exchange opportunities as well, such as through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Additionally, strategic partnership agreements now facilitate travel and collaborative research between Emory faculty and scholars in Brazil and South Korea.

Initiative 2: Advocate for immigration policies that increase Emory’s ability to attract top talent

One significant hurdle to attracting top talent from abroad is the complex web of U.S. immigration requirements. Through numerous avenues, Emory should advocate for policies that minimize immigration hurdles, ensuring that the university can hire the best candidates and attract the best students regardless of citizenship.

UPDATE: GSI and International Student and Scholar Services collaborate with Emory Government and Community Affairs to ensure that immigration remains a priority issue with our representatives at all levels of government.

Initiative 3: Support strategic conferences and meetings

Conferences and expert meetings are important parts of the research process, allowing for critical feedback and discussion. Emory leverages the resources of the Halle Institute for Global Learning to support strategically aligned conferences and meetings, facilitating the direct exchange of ideas between the university and its global partners.

UPDATE: The Halle Institute invites prominent experts on global issues to speak at Emory, sometimes in intimate gatherings and other times in large public events, facilitating the Emory community’s participation in global knowledge economies. Halle recently standardized its rubric for allocating funding to more explicitly support Emory’s strategic priorities, hosting a range of internal seminars as well as cosponsoring national and international meetings on topics of global importance.

Strategy 3: Empower faculty to address the opportunities and challenges of global work

Faculty members are central to Emory’s global reach. To maximize global engagement, Emory must find ways to better support faculty members in their teaching, scholarship, and research.

Initiative 1: Create a global engagement database

One of the major weaknesses identified by the Task Force was a lack of awareness of Emory’s wide-ranging global activities among both internal and external stakeholders. Emory’s Global Health Institute has developed a global faculty directory that details what Emory’s faculty are doing abroad and helps bridge the gaps between researchers, departments, and schools. Simultaneously, GSI has developed a global database of memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with Emory’s institutional partners.

UPDATE: In FY2016, GSI completed an institution-wide assessment of international agreements and catalogued the results for easy tracking. In FY2017, GSI will work towards creating visualizations of faculty work abroad and international agreements and partnerships. This resource will inform faculty, students, and staff about Emory’s global engagement.

Initiative 2: Launch a Global Services function to support the ability of faculty to work globally

Global work is often a significant administrative and operational undertaking. After a yearlong collaborative effort to explore how Emory could strengthen its support of international activity, the Task Force proposed establishing a Global Services resource in the Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives (GSI).

UPDATE: This central resource, formed with input from Emory’s Global Health Institute, has been in operation for over a year. It provides a single point of contact for questions and issues related to international work, including conducting research abroad, hosting international scholars, and planning a global project. Comprising expert staff and extensive online resources and country guides, Global Services is already changing the dynamics around international work at Emory for the better.

Initiative 3: Facilitate intercultural and linguistic training opportunities for faculty doing research abroad

Language acquisition is a key facilitator in forming productive collaborations with partners abroad. To support faculty who are interested in expanding the scope and reach of their work into regions Emory has deemed strategic priorities, the university should ensure access to appropriate language training.

UPDATE: The Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Confucius Institute offer specialized language acquisition training for faculty and staff interested in working in two of our priority locations: Brazil or China. GSI is seeking opportunities to further expand and build upon these types of offerings.