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The International Affairs Faculty Council invites members of the Ohio State scholarly community, who conduct research in international settings, to submit a proposal to participate in the First Annual Symposium on International Scholarship, “The Global Landscape: Challenges and Resilience.”

This symposium is designed to bring together the Ohio State community and other key partners who engage, or share interest, in international research. While the symposium invites faculty and students to submit their research, all members of the campus community are welcome to attend.


In March 2013, the Ohio State Parent and Family Relations office and the China Gateway office collaborated to publish a monthly newsletter in Chinese to send toparents of Chinese students.

“Our monthly newsletters allow parents and students to be connected through the Ohio State experience, even if they are living nearly half a world away. By providing our families in China with information about their students’ lives on campus, we are strengthening a partnership that enhances student success,” said Javaune Adams-Gaston, vice president for Student Life.

Ryan Lovell, senior director of Parent and Family Relations and Greek Life, oversees the content as well as the design pieces of the newsletter. “We want our parents and families involved and connected with their students’ lives. This is especially true for parents who are half a world away and who may never have been to the Ohio State campus. We want you to know what is happening with your student and to experience the life of a Buckeye. We believe the newsletters strengthen the student and family bond by providing a window into life at Ohio State,” said Lovell.


Brazil Gateway Ribbon CuttingGlobal opportunities abound with the opening of the Brazil Gateway in São Paulo, Brazil. On September 13, a ribbon cutting ceremony commemorated the occasion with Ohio State leadership, alumni, global partners and Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman on hand to celebrate Ohio State's presence in one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America. The Brazil Gateway will serve as a catalyst to enhance global opportunities for Ohio State students and faculty. With Global Gateway offices also in Shanghai, China and Mumbai, India, Ohio State continues to consider opportunities for expansion in sub-Saharan Africa, Turkey and Europe.

Provost Joseph Steinmetz called the opening of the Brazil Gateway a "momentus step forward for the university. The Gateway is a true partnership with broad engagement from 14 colleges.... Without a doubt, this outpouring of support has allowed Ohio State to advance our core academic mission around the globe. It will be an embassy for the university in Brazil - a critical hub for Ohio State in the 21st century."


The Office of International Affairs is continuing the Global Glance program after a successful launch in April. The program provides an opportunity for visiting international scholars to share a short presentation about themselves and their home countries to students, faculty and staff.

The next Global Glance program will be Friday, October 17 from 12 – 1:30 p.m. in Room 150 at the Younkin Success Center. The visiting scholars scheduled to present include: Hongjuan Zhao, an East Asian languages and literatures scholar, and Yan Yan, a physics scholar, both from China, Ioannis Mergos, a materials science & engineering scholar from Greece, and Paola Dama, a Comprehensive Cancer Center scholar from Italy.

All are encouraged to attend the presentation, ask questions and learn more about these three countries. Please register if you plan to attend, and contact Shauna Sergent with any questions.

Saitama-Ohio Career FairRecently, the Honorable Kiyoshi Ueda, Governor of Saitama Prefecture in Japan, visited the Ohio State campus to co-host a career fair for students studying Japanese in the state of Ohio.

The event welcomed six central Ohio companies, with headquarters in Saitama, Japan, to connect with upper-level students studying Japanese. According to a Detroit survey of Japanese direct investment, Japan is Ohio’s top foreign investor with 423 Ohio-based facilities and 65,690 employees.

Nearly 70 students from 12 different Ohio schools joined Governor Ueda and the Saitama-based companies for the career fair. Japanese language students are in high demand for these central Ohio companies, and more than 26 universities and community colleges in Ohio are offering Japanese language courses.

Following the career fair, Governor Ueda welcomed students and company representatives to join a brief networking reception, where he shared his appreciation for an event that connected so many students from across the state of Ohio.  

The career fair proved extremely helpful as students were able to see the real opportunities available for Japanese speakers in Ohio. Students were able to network and practice marketing themselves to companies they may be applying to in the future.

The event was sponsored by the Saitama Prefectural Government, the Ohio Association for Teachers of Japanese, the Institute for Japanese Studies at Ohio State and the Japan-America Society of Central Ohio. 

The Office of International Affairs will continue its partnership with the Gateway Film Center this semester with the Global Engagement Film Series. The series promotes international cinema with a different screening on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

The selected films offer new cultural perspectives, and provide an opportunity to support films from around the world. Students can attend the films for free, and often guest speakers are invited to participate in a Q&A session following the film.

September's screening will be "Finding Fela," a Sundance Film Festival selection which depicts the life of Nigerian musician Fela Kuti.

October's screening will be the Oscar-nominated French film "Persepolis."The film tells a coming-of-age story of a young Iranian girl during the Islamic Revolution.

The November film selection will be released soon. Continue to check our website for updates, or follow us on Facebook.


Hannah BonacciLearn more about initiatives on diaspora engagement and development when Andrew O’Brien, U.S. Department of State Special Representative, brings the Diaspora Tour to Ohio State on Wednesday, October 1 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the U.S. Bank Conference Theater in the Ohio Union.

O’Brien will present a keynote address and moderate a panel discussion with those from Ohio State and the central Ohio community who have been involved in diaspora initiatives.

Kevin Passino, professor in the College of Engineering, will discuss his involvement in service learning programs with students in Guatemala and Honduras and will provide insight into the important role that engineering plays in developing communities. Hannah Bonacci, a graduate student, will share her passion for improving the lives of at-risk youth and women in Western Africa, her work with service learning programs to Ghana and how she helped found, The Akumanyi Foundation. to help fund development projects. Barbara Pratzner, executive director of Columbus Sister Cities International, will provide insight into the capital city's growing international interests and the importance of community involvement. And, Jibril Mohamed, executive director of SomaliCAN, will address the role of the Somali diaspora community in Columbus, Ohio and its impact on local society and in the Horn of Africa.

Registration to attend the event is recommended.


Conrad RintoThis past summer, Conrad Rinto, a graduate student in Slavic and East European Studies, traveled to Bosnia to intern with Bosnia Initiatives for Local Development (BILD) in the cities of Tuzla and Doboj. Rinto received the 2014 Sonkin-Bergmann-Wasserman Families’ Scholarship for International Understanding and Peace, administered by the Office of International Affairs, making his internship a possibility. Preceding his arrival, Bosnia had unfortunately endured the worst floods in the country’s history. Before Rinto’s internship had begun, he started volunteering with BILD’s flood relief programs to help distribute food and water to displaced families. 

“My internship expanded from working with the youth of Bosnia to helping those affected by the floods,” said Rinto.

Will BezbatchenkoWill Bezbatchenko, a graduate student in Slavic and East European Studies, traveled to Tashkent, Uzbekistan over the summer to begin an internship with the United States Department of State. Bezbatchenko gained experience working in the U.S. Embassy and had the opportunity to attend meetings with members of the international community, research Uzbekistan’s political and economic issues and explore the country. 

The Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) administers the masters program. Through the degree, students study several different fields and approaches in order to better understand a country, region or the people of Eastern Europe/Eurasia. To view more news from CSEES, visit slaviccenter.osu.edu/news.

Ohio State student researchers in BrazilOhio State will officially open its third Gateway location during a ribbon cutting ceremony in São Paulo, Brazil on Saturday, September 13. The Brazil Gateway is located in the Moema district, one of the premiere business districts in the city of São Paulo. São Paulo is the largest city in the southern hemisphere and Brazil boasts the largest economy in all of Latin America. The Brazil Gateway will focus on a number of key initiatives: 1) scouting new study abroad opportunities; 2) recruiting new international students; 3) enhancing institutional connections for faculty research and the development of dual degree programs; 4) partnering with global businesses to create internships for Ohio State students; 5) serving as a funding source for grant and scholarship opportunities; and 6) networking with alumni.


English Conversation ProgramAs part of the English Conversation Program, groups of five students will meet six times throughout the semester. The small groups will participate in a variety of activities around campus and Columbus. There will be also be organized events for the entire English Conversation Program, including potlucks, football tailgates and other cultural events and celebrations. The program enables international students to practice English communication skills and become better acquainted with U.S. culture, and domestic students have the chance to share their linguistic and cultural knowledge, and learn more about another country.

The deadline for students to apply for the program is Friday, September 12. Learn more about the English Conversation Program and sign up today.