Understanding Emory's country initiatives

A message from Vice Provost Philip Wainwright

image of Philip WainwrightHello, and welcome to the GSI newsletter, a tool for connecting the various faculty and units engaged in global work at Emory University.

For this first edition, I wanted to share some insights into one of the key elements of Emory’s Global Strategies, specifically, the five country initiatives. The 2015 global strategies constitute Emory’s first internationalization plan to name geographical priorities for particular focus and development. The task force, faculty and administrative leaders, and groups that support Emory’s international operations together determined that focused priorities enable the university to direct its activity in two general ways.

Geographical priorities enable the university to invest in relationships and to elevate Emory’s reputation abroad. By focusing on cultivating university, funding, and government partners, Emory is able to leverage its reputation and resources to better support faculty research and to recruit the best local students and faculty collaborators. Secondly, focusing on specific areas enables Emory to put in place appropriate business and administrative support in-country. Emory activities across schools and fields reinforce local awareness of Emory and its achievements.

So why choose Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, and South Korea? Determining the places of greatest strategic importance to Emory was a balance of assessing current engagement and future potential. Current Emory engagement abroad ranges across research, educational programs, fundraising, alumni activity, faculty and staff travel, and student recruitment. The Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives gathered information about Emory activity and surveyed stakeholders across the university. The resulting data indicated clear geographical concentrations across schools. Reviewing these areas of concentrated activity, we then considered Emory’s ability to identify good partners, to create and sustain relationships, and to have positive impact. On the short list of countries that fit the criteria outlined above, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India and South Korea were the five most frequently suggested by faculty as places where Emory should invest for the future.

Emory’s international work extends to over 140 countries and will continue to have a broad and growing impact. By creating these specific focal points for engagement, Emory will gain recognition that will strengthen its foundation for even broader growth in the future.

News from GSI

Are you aware of funding sources for international research?

The Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives is asking scholars who are aware of potential funding sources for international research to help us build a central list of these resources. If you are aware of such sources, please take a moment to fill out this brief survey. Estimated time to complete: 2 minutes.

Staffing updates

After 14 years at Emory, Kristi Hubbard, senior associate director of The Halle Institute and the Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives, has accepted a position at Northwestern University in Illinois to be closer to family. Her last day is December 16. From December 17 onward, please contact Chris Rapalje in her stead.

After six years at Emory, Jongdae Kim, longtime program coordinator for The Halle Institute, has departed the university. For questions about Halle events going forward, please contact Kevin Kelly.

Are you aware of housing resources for international visitors?

The Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives would like to expand the list of housing resources for those hosting international guests. Because of the wide variety of guests who come to Emory, we are open to a range of potential resources that are convenient to Emory (room rental in a private home, in-law suites, etc.). If you have ideas or suggestions, please contact Chris Rapalje (7-9127).

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