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Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs

Strategic leadership for global engagement and internationalization at Cornell University

The vice provost for international affairs oversees and manages Cornell’s global partnerships; and supports, facilitates and coordinates global activities for colleges, faculty, staff and students, including global operations, risk assessment, and travel health and safety.

Included in the organizational portfolio of the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs are the Office of Global Learning (formerly Cornell Abroad and the International Students and Scholars Office), the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, and the Cornell China Center in Beijing, as well as the university’s China Advisory Board.

The vice provost chairs the university’s International Council, the International Gift Review Committee, the International Travel and Response Team and the provost’s Working Group on Public and Global Activities. The vice provost partners with all Cornell colleges, and divisions and units across the university, including Alumni Affairs and Development, the Office of Engagement Initiatives, Student and Campus Life, University Relations, Information Technologies, Financial Affairs, Counsel's Office, Human Relations and many more.


Strategic Plan 2018–2022

Position and Strategic Direction

Today’s complex world demands commitment to global engagement.

Global engagement requires the appreciation of intercultural differences, an understanding of inequalities and a spirit of collaboration for mutual benefit.

Vision

A just, sustainable and connected world where differences are valued and exchange is encouraged.

Mission

To build opportunities for students and faculty to discover, think and act in concert with the world.
These positions, vision and mission inform our strategic direction, 2018–2022.

Goals

  • Promote and support Cornell’s mission to educate the next generation of global citizens.
  • Inspire and facilitate student, faculty and staff research on global issues.
  • Foster meaningful connections and valuable collaborations across Cornell University and the world.
  • Position Cornell as a leading institution for international studies and global thinking and action.

Objectives in Pursuit of the Goals

Goal 1
Promote and support Cornell’s mission to educate the next generation of global citizens.

  • Expand international content in Cornell University curriculum to achieve learning outcomes identified by the provost’s office.
  • Facilitate the creation of a Global Studies major at the university, and international scholarship certificates.
  • Improve the quality of semester-long and short-term international experiences for students; ensure all experiences meet university guidelines for safety and feasibility.
  • Improve access for students to these international experiences.
  • Deepen the integration of international students and scholars into the Cornell community.
  • Increase collaboration between the Office of Global Learning and Einaudi Center.
  • Maintain expertise in federal immigration and labor regulations, and maintain Cornell’s compliance with relevant federal and state laws.

Goal 2
Inspire and facilitate student, faculty and staff research on global issues.

  • Encourage recognition of international engagement in faculty tenure considerations.
  • Develop a strategy for the university’s global physical footprint.
  • Stimulate cross-campus collaboration around an annual Grand Challenge of global relevance.
  • Provide operational support for teaching, research and engagement abroad.
  • Improve the structure and financial sustainability of the Einaudi Center, based on internal and external reviews.
  • Disseminate information about best practices and provide tools for international contract management, international travel, international employment and the U.S. employment of international faculty and staff on the Cornell campus.
  • Develop the Cornell China Center to grow Cornell University’s research, engagement and reputation in East Asia.
  • Collaborate with Alumni Affairs and Development to build resources for international programming.

Goal 3
Foster meaningful connections and valuable collaborations across Cornell University and the world.

  • Build university collaborations with international partners in key strategic geographic and disciplinary areas of interest, as well as in appropriate forums of interaction.
  • Maintain and publicize the university Memoranda of Agreement.
  • Coordinate activities and relationships through the International Council.
  • Facilitate and support cross-campus connections around global issues and agendas.
  • Support academic partners on campus who participate in the activity of global connections, including the colleges, the Library, the School of Continuing Education, the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Engaged Cornell, the Society for the Humanities, etc.
  • Support administrative partners on campus who participate in the activity of global connections, including Alumni Affairs and Development, Counsel’s Office, Financial Affairs, Human Resources, Risk Management, etc.
  • Represent Cornell University to constituencies abroad, including alumni, scholarly leaders and international institutions.
  • Strengthen connections between Cornell University faculty and students with alumni.

Goal 4
Position Cornell as a leading institution for international studies and global thinking and action.

  • Improve communication interfaces to reach targeted internal and external audiences.
  • Advocate with deans/colleges for the hiring of faculty with international expertise in key strategic geographic and disciplinary areas of interest (tbd).
  • Support Area Studies programs on campus.
  • Facilitate a central forum for strategic organization of language instruction.
  • Develop new opportunities for language instruction and outreach on campus.
  • Seek national and international recognition for the university’s leadership role in global education.
  • Advance the national and international dialogue around global engagement.