From the Vice Provost

Seoul Reception

Walter Melion (left), Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Art History, and Frank Maddox (back), associate professor of economics at Oxford College, speak with guests at a reception for new students and alumni in Seoul in May.

As we prepare for new beginnings in the fall, this is a time to reflect on Emory’s international accomplishments and to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for leading universities in a world of rapid technological change, increasing economic interdependence, and limited resources. During the past decade, the number of international students and scholars on Emory’s campus has grown eightfold to more than 3,400, and the number of international alumni clubs around the world has increased tenfold. More undergraduates have studied abroad in an array of locations—including Africa, Asia, and Latin America—than ever before; and, thanks to the generous support of The Halle Foundation, more students have had the opportunity to study or intern in Germany, which you can read about in this issue. Emory has entered into hundreds of research and exchange partnerships with institutions across all world regions in recent years. Each partnership strengthens Emory’s international engagement through innovative projects in fields ranging from health and development to religion and the arts and sciences. 

The Halle Institute for Global Learning also has expanded Emory’s international footprint substantially within the past decade, with new programs and an impressive list of distinguished speakers and research conferences. The Halle Study Trip program has expanded from Germany and India to include Brazil, China, Indonesia, Korea, and Turkey. Emory’s Confucius Institute in Atlanta, Laney Graduate School’s new Master’s in Development Practice, and Emory College’s new programs in Korean and development studies all bolster the strength of our existing international curricula. The Global Health Institute and the Hubert Department of Global Health, the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, and the School of Medicine have grown international programs and research organically.

As part of an effort to bring this extraordinary work to the fore, we are proud to announce the launch of Emory in the World online, the new web version of the magazine. Here you will find web-only videos, photo galleries, and interviews, accompanying remarkable stories from Emory and around the world.

Holli A. Semetko
Vice Provost for International Affairs
Director, Office of International Affairs and 
The Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning
Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Media and International Affairs

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