Building on Ohio State's International Connections
The Ohio State University is committed to becoming a preeminent global university – one that prepares its students and faculty to participate actively in knowledge-based collaborations around the world. As one of America's best public universities, we strive to build a foundation that will integrate international dimensions with every facet of the institution, to pursue international partnerships and to collaborate on the solution of local and global issues based on Ohio State's expertise. To solidify Ohio State's commitment to enhancing its global interactions, the university is pursuing opening offices – Global Gateways – in key parts of the world.
In February 2010, Ohio State opened a Gateway office in the downtown business district of Shanghai, China, and in March 2012 opened a Gateway office in Mumbai, India. In 2014, Ohio State will open a Gateway in São Paulo, Brazil. The locations for the Gateways capitalize on the strengths of Ohio State's connections across the globe and provide the university with a myriad of opportunities, including operational support for faculty research/teaching and international partnerships, a portal for study abroad, a location for international student recruitment, a center for academic programming as well as executive and corporate training, a location for alumni gatherings and a new way to partner with Ohio-based companies operating in global markets.
Ohio State's involvement in China, India and Brazil includes more than 85 faculty connections; 17 study abroad programs; and 66 Memoranda of Agreement/Student Exchange Agreements. China, India and Brazil also are major recipients of Ohio exports. Longer term, Ohio State is also considering Turkey, sub-Saharan Africa and Europe as future Gateway locations. Global Gateways signify one initiative of several identified by the President's and Provost's Council on Strategic Internationalization in which developing an international physical presence is among the priorities.
While the Office of International Affairs helps facilitate the development and growth of the Global Gateways, the Gateways themselves are managed by a smaller team located both in Ohio and abroad. These leaders guide the directors in the best ways in which to achieve the goals established for the Gateways. They also ensure that the Global Gateways as a whole are operating within Ohio State's Global University strategies.
Leading Ohio State's globalization efforts is William Brustein, vice provost for global strategies and international affairs. Brustein is responsible for integrating international and multicultural experiences to the academic units within the university and expanding and enhancing its global reach. A well-regarded expert on international education, Brustein received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Connecticut and a master's degree in international studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He earned both master's and PhD degrees in sociology at the University of Washington.
Brustein's Blueprint for the Global University is a chapter he wrote while at the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign that elaborates on his vision for internationalization, and one that Ohio State is working toward achieving. Learn more about Vice Provost Brustein.
Christopher Carey, Director of Global Gateways at Ohio State, leads the operations of the Global Gateway offices in pursuit of the university's research, teaching and engagement goals and promotes collaboration between Ohio State and host country universities, institutions, and businesses. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School in Belgium, he has previous international management experience in the US Army, Morgan Stanley, and the Battelle Memorial Institute. ()
Ashley Behrendt serves as Business Coordinator for the Global Gateways. She is responsible for providing program coordination and communications support, as well as fiscal management and travel arrangements for Gateway initiatives. She received a bachelor's degree in communication studies from the College of Wooster. ()
Learn more about Global Gateways
The Chronicle of Higher Education examined universities across the nation connecting to regions around the world by opening liaison – or gateway – offices, geared toward serving a variety of purposes, rather than a single mission. Read more about Ohio State's Gateway offices.
To further elaborate Ohio State's strategies for internationalization, Vice Provost Brustein and Maureen Miller, director of communications for the Office of International Affairs, co-authored "Using Global Gateway Offices as a Model for Expanding International Partnerships." The chapter appeared in the Institute for International Education's 2011 publication, Developing Strategic International Partnerships: Models for Initiating and Sustaining Innovative Institutional Linkages, and expands upon the benefits of Ohio State's Global Gateways, illustrating how the initiative has opened doors around the world.