A Tibetan nomad breaks up yak dung, which must dry before being used as fuel inside the home. Credit: Steve Sclar, RSPH, Tibet

In the service of humanity

Emory University’s mission is to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity.

From earning accreditation to participating in UN climate talks to partnering with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others on a 20-year research and capacity-building project addressing child mortality in vulnerable countries, Emory empowers faculty to lead and influence global scholarship and research.

Emory equips students for an increasingly interconnected world, nurturing a culturally diverse community on campus and providing rich study and internship opportunities abroad.

Using strategy for solutions

Addressing the world’s greatest challenges takes more than great minds, transformational resources, and a deep institutional commitment. It takes strategy.

Launched in 2015, Emory’s global strategies outline initiatives to equip students, empower faculty, and position the university as a leader on the global stage. 

The Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives serves as the central hub of a shared ownership structure for the global strategies, coordinating with other offices, schools, and units to realize strategic initiatives.

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Following his appointment in 2013, Wainwright led the development of Emory’s global strategic plan and launched the office in new directions to more broadly support Emory’s strategic goals, which include developing geographic focal points, cultivating institutional partnerships and support networks in target countries, and strengthening the university’s infrastructure in support of global work. 

Philip Wainwright
Philip Wainwright

Vice Provost for Global Strategies and Initiatives

Emory University

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The Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives

Emory University’s Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives (GSI) is dedicated to the support, promotion, and expansion of Emory’s international engagement. Through the strategic internationalization of programs, curricula, and research, GSI supports creative global initiatives, fosters cross-unit collaboration, promotes a culturally vibrant and diverse campus, and coordinates Emory’s international resources and partnerships. GSI leads the implementation of Emory’s global strategies, which it helped develop through a multiyear effort involving broad community input. These strategies provide a vision for the future of Emory’s global engagement.

Our Campus Partners

The mission of the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is to decrease HIV incidence, improve well-being, and ultimately find a vaccine and a cure for HIV by fostering and supporting trans-disciplinary research targeting the Southern epidemic as a microcosm of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic.

The Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (CGSW) focuses on increasing access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, and appropriate hygiene as part of a global strategy to break the cycle of poverty and disease in developing countries. Housed in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory, the CGSW combines academic strength with a commitment to evidence-based action, advocacy, and policy development.

Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance Network (CHAMPS) is a collaboration between powerful research organizations, including the Emory Global Health Institute and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At each of its multiple research sites abroad, CHAMPS collects, analyzes, and interprets physical and clinical data that help determine definitive causes of death for children under five years old. Information from CHAMPS is used to drive action to reduce child deaths, contribute to long-term policy and decision making, and ultimately contribute to reduced child mortality across the world.

The Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Research and Learning promotes and enhances scholarship across the nine schools of Emory University. It supports individual and collaborative research, short- and long-term visits from distinguished international scholars, and students engaged in research outside of the United States.

The Confucius Institute in Atlanta promotes the learning of Chinese language and culture and fosters engagement with China through cultural activities, travel, teaching, and research.

The Emory Global Diabetes Research Center leverages its extensive global network to support and advance world-class research in diabetes and other related noncommunicable diseases such as stroke, hypertension, and heart disease as well as comorbid conditions such as tuberculosis, mental health, and HIV.

The Emory Global Health Institute helps Emory University improve health around the world by supporting Emory faculty members and students engaged in a variety of global health research, scholarship, service, and training activities.

The Emory-Tibet Partnership is a unique educational endeavor, bringing together the best of the Western and Tibetan Buddhist intellectual traditions for their mutual enrichment and for the discovery of new knowledge. Programs explore the convergence of science and inner values in an effort to address the greatest problems of humanity on more than a material level.

The mission of the Emory Vaccine Center is to improve human health by conducting fundamental and clinical research that leads to the development of effective vaccines against diseases of global importance.

The English Language Support Program in Laney Graduate School strives to provide high-quality language instruction to students whose first language is other than English and to encourage on-going and long-term improvement of speaking and writing skills.

The Institute for Developing Nations (IDN) connects research and academic programs at Emory and the Carter Center Peace and Health programs to strengthen development scholarship and provide direct support to development efforts in some of the poorest countries in the world. Through research and action, IDN is reshaping the role of higher education in international development.

International Student and Scholar Services facilitates the enrollment of international students and the exchange and employment of international faculty and researchers at Emory University. Nearly 4,000 international students and scholars from more than 100 countries study, teach, conduct research, and work at Emory.

The Lillian Carter Center serves as the focal point for the global nursing and midwifery work of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and coordinates several international programs for students.

One of the most pressing challenges of our time is achieving sustainable development in the face of global poverty, political and ethnic conflict, a degrading natural resource base, and irreversible climate change. The Master in Development Practice program at Emory University meets that challenge by combining hands-on learning and field experience with rigorous training in a broad range of academic disciplines.

The Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia Partnership is an initiative begun in 2010 to demonstrate a community-oriented model for improving health outcomes in the birth-to-48-hour period when mothers and newborns are most vulnerable. The project works in rural Ethiopia, in the Afar, Oromia, and Amhara Regions.

International Student Life is dedicated to providing resources, programs, and services to serve the diverse, talented, and polycultural international student body of Emory University.

SE@G aspires to increase prosperity and reduce poverty in places where markets are currently ineffective through academic research that illuminates the factors that induce and impede the realization of societal impacts; fieldwork programs that inject knowledge, networks and capital, and teaching; and student activities that develop the next generation of principled social enterprise leaders.