“Beginning with its founding, Cornell University has been international in its scope and aspiration ... Internationalization is not and should not be an end but a means by which to focus selected areas of Cornell excellence in education, discovery, and engagement.”
—Cornell University President David J. Skorton, in an excerpt from his 2012 white paper
Defining the Initiative
Initial recommendations for the Global Cornell Initiative were developed by university leadership and faculty, building on the university's founding principles:
- “Bringing Cornell to the World and the World to Cornell”—A presidential white paper by President David J. Skorton, March 2, 2012, calls for the university to internationalize its curriculum and regain its global competitiveness.
- “Report from the Task Force on Internationalization”—A faculty report presented by Alfonso Torres, task force chair, to the university president and provosts, October 11, 2012, makes 27 recommendations to strengthen the university's international presence and improve its global standing among peer institutions.
- “Call to Action”—An October 2013 statement by Fredrik Logevall, vice provost for international affairs, outlines the initial priorities for the Global Cornell Initiative.