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Global Hubs

Cornell University has launched a new and innovative model for sustained interdisciplinary collaboration in locations worldwide, bringing together faculty, students, alumni, public and private sector entities, and local communities for broad-reaching partnerships that combine research, learning, and engagement.

Hubs are strategically placed, concentrated pockets of Cornell engagement that connect the entire university with strong international peer institutions and their communities, countries, and regions. No two Hubs are identical, but all share Cornell’s academic distinction, educational verve, and civic responsibility—under the umbrella of One Cornell.

Spring 2022: Global Hubs Salon Series

Please join us for eight interdisciplinary Global Hubs salons hosted by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. Each event in the series focuses on a research theme representing a cross-college strength at Cornell and our Global Hubs partners. The salons feature Cornell faculty hosts in conversation with faculty representing Global Hub institutions.

You are welcome to register for one or more salons.


Hub Locations

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Partnerships with institutions in Australia, China, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United Kingdom, and Zambia are in process and additional partnerships in Denmark, Morocco, and Turkey are being investigated.

Hub partnerships are based on geographic diversity, the institution's reputation, faculty interest and collaborations, potential opportunities for our students, and the reciprocal interest of the partner. 


Why Hubs?

Man leading a tour in Rome in front of ruins

Global Hubs create more diverse, long-term opportunities and support for students and faculty to study, research, teach, and engage around the world by providing institutional connections in key locations.

Global Hubs supplement—not replace—existing or future faculty and college activities. This university-level initiative does not interfere with college-specific exchanges or collaborations. Hubs complement and, where appropriate, augment colleges’ work.

Hubs enable more students and faculty to go abroad to geographically diverse locations by lowering barriers to access quality semester-long and short-term programs, including learning and research opportunities embedded with local partners and communities. Global Hubs coordinate Cornell’s presence in these places, bringing students and faculty together with partners, prospective students, and alumni.

Cornell Faculty Interest Survey

We want to hear from you!

Please consider filling out a 10-minute survey about collaborations you are currently involved in or partner institutions where you would like to conduct research. Focused research themes available at different locations are listed in the survey; click through to learn more. The survey is also a place to provide general feedback about this initiative, as well as suggest additional hub locations. 

Start the survey


Global Hub Opportunities

Each Global Hub is unique, but all are grounded in partnerships with strong local universities and based on the principle of mutual benefit and exchange. Cornell is working with Hub partners to develop hands-on projects that promote study and expand the range of academic experiences at home and abroad.

  • Institutions and Partners: Supporting faculty collaborations | Co-hosting events and symposia | Reciprocal student exchanges | Access to facilities and on-campus resources | Thematic networks

  • Faculty and Staff: New and expanded collaborations | Joint seed funding | Faculty-led study abroad | Co-teaching opportunities | Jumping-off point to the region | Staff support for workshops and meetings
  • Students: Semester-long study abroad | Short-term study and field experiences | Faculty-led research | Curricular mapping | Internships and service learning
  • Alumni: Mentoring students | Engaging with faculty | Providing internships and job experiences | In-country connections to Cornell
  • Public and Private Sector: Internships | Service-learning | Research | Jobs

Global Hub Research Themes

Hubs provide a collaborative platform for thematic research areas based on academic strengths and local contexts. Sites can focus on multiple themes, including but not limited to:

  • Big Data, AI, and New Media
  • Democratic Challenges and Change
  • Future Cities
  • Inequalities and Social Justice
  • Migration and Mobilities
  • One Health
  • Sustainable Development

Cornell and partner faculty: Please join us for a series of salons on Global Hubs themes this semester.


For more information please contact globalhubs@cornell.edu