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Annual Report 2010-2011

In this Annual Report, you will find the following stories.

    1. A Message from the Associate Provost
    2. Study Abroad
    3. International Students and Scholars
    4. Global Gateways
    5. Center for African Studies
    6. Center for Latin American Studies
    7. Center for Slavic and East European Studies
    8. East Asian Studies Center
    9. Middle East Studies Center
    10. Evaluation and Assessment
    11. International Agreements and Visiting Delegations
    12. International Grants and Scholarships
    13. Special Events


A Message from the Associate Provost

Dieter WannerIn this past year, Ohio State made great strides toward internationalization, moving closer to achieving its goal of global preeminence. The Office of International Affairs supported these steps by bringing global awareness to all aspects of the university, both home and abroad.

Ohio State faculty worked towards finding internationally collaborative learning, teaching and research opportunities. Students of every major studied abroad in record numbers, the university welcomed some of the best and brightest students from around the world and the Global Gateways continued to attract partnerships, alumni and recognition.

Ohio State is enhancing its global impact and working to create a sustainable environment in which international opportunities abound. Whether through development of study abroad, integration of global perspectives or engagement of international audiences, the Office of International Affairs continues to support the evolution of this global university.

Dieter Wanner
Associate Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs

Study Abroad

Numbers of students studying abroad steadily increases

Study abroad in ItalyThe number of students participating in a study abroad program through the Office of International Affairs grew to 1,945 during the 2009-2010 academic year. Students took advantage of broadening their horizons by traveling to 70 different countries — with the largest number of students studying in the United Kingdom. Ohio State offers more than 100 study abroad programs, and the number of Ohio State students taking an interest in adding an international component to their academic experience continues to grow.

Students find short-term summer study abroad programs that are two weeks or more in duration the most appealing with 54.8 percent of the total number of students studying abroad for this length of time. Overall, students are incorporating the study abroad experience more often during their senior year of college. Some of the students who studied abroad their senior year had been on other university study abroad programs earlier in their academic careers as well. Studying abroad early gives students the option of traveling and studying in another country more than once before graduating, and keeps them on track academically. Short terms programs often serve as an introduction to study abroad.

Ohio State adds new study abroad programs

Ohio State added two Global Gateway Study Abroad Programs as a result of a grant that provided funding to faculty to develop a new program in particular regions of the world. The China Global Gateway Study Abroad Program in Chengdu is specifically designed for first and second year students who are interested in learning more about the diverse cultures and global significance of China. The first group of students went to Chengdu for four weeks in June 2011. Students experienced a diverse and dynamic mix of ethnic, rural, and urban cultures in the historic and geographically varied region of southwest China. The Brazil Global Gateway Study Abroad Program in São Paulo is designed to offer a unique cultural experience for undergraduate students who wish to gain an experience with global diversity by living and learning in a foreign country. This program is also available to students of any major, but preference is given to first and second year students. The initial group of students spent four weeks in São Paulo in late summer.

Additional new programs that the Office of International Affairs initiated this year include:

  • Development Studies in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Landscape Architecture in Europe
  • Equine Studies in Europe
  • Environment and Natural Resources in Australia
  • Pharmacy in Nicaragua
  • Dance in Costa Rica

The Office of International Affairs also offered new study abroad opportunities through international host institutions, which included programs in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, China, India, Argentina and other countries as well.

Health and safety of students continues to be a top priority

The Office of International Affairs continued to provide information to faculty and students regarding supplemental health insurance as well as safety guidelines for traveling abroad.

Risk management sessions were offered on a quarterly basis for faculty and staff who are leading students to international locations for study abroad programs, research or other opportunities. These sessions covered health and safety issues and other topics related to risk management. The sessions were open - and required - for anyone who was taking students to international locations.

Students traveling to international locations for the purpose of undergraduate or graduate/dissertation research, internships, field work or independent study that is part of their academic program, are required to enroll in the university’s Supplemental Study Abroad Health Insurance which is provided through HTH Worldwide. Students also should register with the U.S. embassy or consulate. The supplemental insurance includes coverage for emergency assistance, evacuation and repatriation. The coverage is available through the Office of International Affairs.

Study abroad program search engine

Study abroad in TurkeyStudents interested in widening their international horizons now have a quick and easy way to narrow their search for a study abroad program. The Office of International Affairs launched a new, online search engine that enables students to search through more than 100 programs to find a study abroad program that best meets their academic goals. The search tool can be found here.

Students can search by multiple fields to find programs related to a subject they are interested in studying, a particular country they want to explore, the length of time they want to study abroad and the time of year that works best for their schedule. Once the results of potential programs are displayed on the web page, students can click on the program name to find additional details about the program including dates, costs, eligibility, application deadlines and study abroad coordinator contact information.

Passport campaign

To complement President E. Gordon Gee’s initiative to encourage every student at Ohio State to have a passport, the Office of International Affairs launched its Get a Passport, Go Places campaign. Posters were created featuring faculty and students sharing brief facts about their experience abroad and the value of having a passport and putting it to use. The promotion continues throughout the academic year.

International Students and Scholars

More international students and scholars are choosing Ohio State

International Orientation LeadersThe Office of International Affairs welcomed more than 6,082 international students and approximately 1,900 international scholars to Ohio State during the 2009-2010 academic year.

The largest number of international students enrolled at Ohio State was doctoral students, followed by undergraduates, graduates and professional students. These students most commonly study engineering and business. The increase in international students brought students from many different countries, with the largest contingents from the People’s Republic of China, South Korea and India. In addition to the high number of returning students, an unprecedented number of new international students were welcomed to the university.

Ohio State hosted 1,897 international scholars who came to the university from over 100 different countries around the world. International scholars come to Ohio State at the invitation of individual colleges and departments. They include professors coming to Ohio State to teach or carry out research, research scholars, professional trainees in the medical and allied fields, and international visitors coming for the purpose of traveling, observing, consulting, conducting research, training, sharing or demonstrating specialized knowledge or skills.

Provided guidance and assistance

This year, many countries faced challenges brought on by major global events such as environmental devastation, social and political upheaval and violence, and economic collapse. Immigration coordinators provided guidance and assistance to all international students and scholars affected by these events in their home countries.

Additionally, pre-arrival communication, check-in, and orientation services went well for the 1,700 new international students who enrolled at Ohio State. Support also was provided to the growing population of 5,000 international students enrolled in classes and the 1,900 international faculty and staff working on campus through advising and completing casework in a timely manner.

Successful compliance record

International StudentsThe International Students and Scholars unit once again achieved 100 percent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) compliance on 6,500 active Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) records, and continues to achieve 100 percent success rate in H-1B petition filings that support academic departments’ hiring of the best and brightest. New policies and procedures were created and implemented due to major changes in DHS and Department of Labor rules and business practices.

The U.S. Department of State’s onsite inspection of Ohio State’s J Program, which is managed by the Office of International Affairs, also had a successful outcome. Ohio State is one of the country’s 21 largest J programs.

International scholars travel to Ohio State using one of two visas, the J-1 and the H-1B. The "J" visa is for educational and cultural exchange programs designated by the Department of State. Participants include professors coming to teach or carry out research at institutions of higher learning; research scholars; professional trainees in the medical and allied fields; and international visitors coming for the purpose of traveling, observing, consulting, conducting research, among others. The H-1B visa, on the other hand, allows a foreign national to work in the U.S. in a position considered to be in a "specialty occupation” that requires highly specialized knowledge and skills to perform.

*The IIE’s collection of enrollment data for international students includes two categories of students who are not currently enrolled at Ohio State in classes for credit. They include “Optional Practical Training” students who are not taking classes, but are continuing their education through practical training in their field of study, and exchange students who are pursuing continuing (non-credit) education.

Open Doors Report 2009-2010

Global Gateways

As part of its international strategy, Ohio State has been exploring opportunities to open offices — Global Gateways — in key parts of the world. The Gateways are multi-faceted centers being established in regions across the globe that will enhance the university’s teaching, research and engagement mission. 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.

The China Gateway, located in the downtown business district of Shanghai, China, is the first office Ohio State has opened in another country. Ohio State continues to examine additional opportunities in India, Brazil, Turkey, sub-Saharan Africa and Europe.

The newest member of the Gateway team is Christopher Carey, recently appointed as director of Global Gateways. Carey helps lead efforts in the development, marketing, delivery and evaluation of revenue-generating programs. His international experience and strong business background will take Ohio State into the next phase of developing a multi-faceted center in the China Gateway, and closer to opening additional offices in other key locations around the world.

Ohio State China Gateway

President Yu, East China Normal University, and Dr. William BrusteinWith the official opening of the China Gateway in June 2010, Ohio State has made progress in its collaborative efforts in the Greater China area. The university continues to move forward building relationships in Shanghai, not only with the academic community, but with local government officials, Ohio-based businesses in China and international corporations as well. Ohio State’s presence in Shanghai has already helped the university develop stronger relationships with universities in China and faculty have been able to further their research efforts. The China Gateway is also laying the groundwork for mutually advantageous agreements with such prestigious Chinese universities as Fudan, Peking and Tsinghua.

The Gateway also serves as a location to host information sessions for students from China who want to learn more about the academic opportunities at Ohio State and is a point of contact for our strong base of alumni to gather informally and strengthen their connections to the university. With the China Gateway as a hub, alumni have begun to reconnect with each other — and Ohio State — and now number more than 100 strong and growing.

The China Gateway has been approved as a Foreign Representative Office by the State Administration of Industry and Commerce of the People's Republic of China and has applied to be a Wholly Owned Foreign Enterprise, which would enable the office to generate revenue. With this ability to generate revenue — and ultimately become self-sustaining — Ohio State will begin offering executive training programs to Ohio-based businesses and others in the Greater China area, including mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Ohio State is also developing a corporate partnership program with international businesses to increase collaboration on a global level. The companies will contribute both intellectual and financial resources to Gateway operations. Partners will receive a package of services based on their contribution level, which will include workforce development and training services; career services, which will include internships and career fairs; and consultation services to enable graduate students to work on business solutions for corporate partners. These relationships will benefit not only the corporation, but will provide value to Ohio State through the involvement of its faculty, student body, and support through the colleges and administrative units.

Center for African Studies

The Center for African Studies continued its tradition of hosting conferences to help educate the community about African themes, supported activities of the Somali community including hosting the President of Somalia, and reached out to K-12 teachers.

Lectures and presentations

A variety of speakers engaged students, faculty staff, and community members in exchange and discussion over the course of the year. Several visiting scholars lectured on humanities and social science topics, which included "Orality, Indigenous Knowledge, and African Women's War Narratives," by Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi, PhD, of North Carolina State University; "Africa's Political Independance at Fifty: Lessons and Challenges,” by Mueni Wa Muiu, PhD, of Winston-Salem State University; and "When the King Renounced His Divine Status: Religious Transformation in the City of 201 Gods, Ile-Ife, Nigeria," by Jacob Olupona, PhD, of Harvard Divinity School. A variety of community development activists shared their visions and programs involved with education for rural girls in South Africa, book drives for Sierra Leone, and sustainable development approaches for the continent. Additional presentations addressed the crisis in Cote d’Ivoire, reproductive change in Africa and opportunities for youth of the Somali Diaspora to contribute to the rehabilitation of Somalia.


Sudan scholars from around the world met at Ohio State to present and discuss ideas regarding Sudan's history, political economy, recent referendum, gender, religion, development and other issues in the context of the recent referendum establishing a new nation of South Sudan. Keynote speakers included James Duku, a member of the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly and Raymond Brown, Foreign Policy Advisor to AFRICOM.

The Center for African Studies (CAS) also was a co-sponsor of the International Society of African Philosophy and Studies conference, which took place April 17-20 on campus.

Collaboration with African institutions, study abroad

The delegation from the University of KwaZulu-NatalIncreased interaction took place with a number of African institutions of higher learning. A Memorandum of Agreement with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, in July, reflecting the broad-based exchange in women’s studies, agriculture and engineering, education and other departments.

Ghana was a focus for many programs this year. Through an ‘Africa Network’ event in February, the Center for African Studies called attention to Ohio State’s numerous affiliations in Ghana with the University of Cape Coast, Winneba College, the Offinso North District and the Kwame Nkumah University of Science and Technology. The Center also was part of the African Development Support initiative led by the Department of City and Regional Planning to develop partnerships and student exchanges with the Offinso North District. Finally, the Center began work with CIBER to develop and teach an emerging markets course for its MBA students in Ghana in 2012.

The Center for African Studies also began development of one of four new “May Session” study abroad pilot programs envisioned for 2013, in Uganda. Building on the foundations of earlier Ohio State study abroad programs to Uganda, the Center is working to institutionalize a program with Makerere University.

K-12 outreach

Using video footage from a 2009 workshop, a partnership with the College of Education developed a set of multimedia resources designed for educators, students of Somali origin, and their families who face particular cultural and linguistic challenges that affect classroom learning. The DVD sets and corresponding website, Somali Studies for Educators, seeks to increase understanding of Somali history, language and culture, and thereby support the development of productive learning communities. The site offers many resources, including selected video clips and full length presentations from the workshop. These clips are organized into themes: identity, arts, family, education, language, and global cross-currents.

African art and visual culture was the subject of this summer’s CAS teachers’ institute, held June 13-15th with 15 Columbus City School teachers, led by Joanna Grabski, PhD, of Denison University, and with presentations by Master Kente cloth weaver James Ntim and photographer Abdi Roble. In addition to learning about the value of art objects – ranging from the pre-colonial to the contemporary – for the people who made and used them, participants also explored some of the key debates in the portrayal and interpretation of arts from this geographical region A variety of forms – masks, sculptures, architecture, body decoration, painting, photography and film – were considered as important resources used by people to shape their lives and social worlds.

CAS was also an active participant at the Ohio Annual Conference for International Education, hosted at Ohio State. CAS Director Kelechi Kalu engaged participants with a plenary address, and Assistant Director Laura Joseph conducted sessions on resources for African Studies.

Model African Union

Model African UnionOhio State was represented for the first time at the National Model African Union Conference in Washington, D.C. on February 24rd - 27th, 2011. The delegation, made up of students from Model African Union OSU and advised by CAS staff, represented the Republic of Guinea. After months of vigorous research and preparation, the students had the opportunity to further investigate the Guinean government’s policies and positions on an array of topics at a private meeting with the Ambassador, Counselor in Charge of Political Affairs and the First Secretary of the Embassy of Guinea. At the Conference’s opening ceremony, Ambassador Daouda Diabate, Embassy of Cote D’Ivoire and Honorable Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Head, Government of Southern Sudan Mission to the United States, both gave key note addresses to the participants and faculty. Over the course of the next two days, students debated and passed resolutions in the Peace and Security, Economic, Social and Union Government committees while the Executive council committee grappled with an unfolding simulated crisis in Sudan.

The team then collaborated with the Collegiate Council on World Affairs and a collation of student organizations to host an African Union simulation on April 23rd, 2011 in the Ohio Union. Plans are underway for next year’s activities, including outreach to local high schools.

Center for Latin American Studies

The Center for Latin American Studies delivered many activities that promoted and educated the campus community to the Latin American culture. The center also collaborated with faculty members and area experts to help develop and facilitate new curriculum to benefit students.

Interdisciplinary faculty and student working groups

In May 2011, the Migration & Transnationalism Working Group sponsored a mini-symposium on Central American Migration, featuring a screening of El Camino (Costa Rica, Ishtar Yasin), a discussion with the film's director, a lecture by Costa Rican scholar Dr. Carlos Sandoval, and a round-table discussion including the two visitors as well as scholars from Ohio State. The mini-symposium brought needed attention to an aspect of Latin American migration that is often ignored (intra-regional migration, in this case of Nicaraguan nationals to Costa Rica), while addressing that issue from the perspective of both the arts and the social sciences. Aside from providing logistical support for such noteworthy events, in June 2011 CLAS helped the working groups develop “Activity Plans” for the coming academic year (2011-2012) that encouraged them to design activities around a common theme, such as food security (Poverty & Inequality Working Group) and climate change and justice (Changing Climate, Landscapes and Prospects for Justice Working Group).

Latin America comes to Ohio: Implications of migration for education

"Latin America Comes to Ohio"CLAS implemented a successful first Summer Institute for K-12 educators, developed in collaboration with Latin Americanist researchers in the College of Education and Human Ecology. By organizing the week-long institute around the issues of migration and transnationalism, CLAS was able to draw on the expertise of faculty members involved in the working group, many of whom participated as invited speakers. The institute increased Columbus-based educators' understanding of Latin American migration (particularly as it relates to the U.S.). At the same time, it had a very pragmatic focus on helping local teachers integrate such knowledge into the curriculum. The institute culminated in the development of related lesson plans by the participants themselves. While such materials will be utilized in the elementary or secondary school in which they teach, it is our goal to make some of this work available to a wider community of teachers through the CLAS website. Additionally, as part of this effort to make materials available to a wider audience, CLAS recorded many of the presentations from the “Latin America Comes to Ohio” Summer Institute, and has made them available online at clas.osu.edu.

Growth of master's in Latin American Studies Program

The first student has completed the requirements for the MA in Latin American Studies and will graduate in winter 2012. There are four students currently in the program, one of whom won the prestigious University Fellowship for academic year 2011-2012. The degree program aims to attract students from a wide range of disciplines to enrich their course of study with a focus on Latin America. Students develop two disciplinary, geographical or thematic concentrations in consultation with their advisor, choosing from the wide offering of Latin American studies courses those that best fit their interests and provide them with the opportunity to acquire both broader knowledge of Latin America and concentrated training relative to specific disciplines or topics.

Growth of Quechua program

CLAS has worked closely with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese to strengthen and grow the Quechua language program. This has involved piloting the third Quechua course, developing curricular materials, creating a recruitment strategy involving the promotion of Quechua within the larger context of the Andean and Amazonian Studies minor and creating publicity materials, such as posters for campus buses and bookmarks to target new students. In academic year 2010-2011, enrollments in Quechua I totaled 15, with four in Quechua II and four in Quechua III.

Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships

Study abroad in PeruAs a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Comprehensive National Resource Center, CLAS awards FLAS Fellowships for the study of Quechua and Portuguese in combination with area studies. For academic year 2010-2011, CLAS awarded 12 FLAS Fellowships to students from a variety of disciplines, including law, political science, anthropology, international studies, and Spanish and Portuguese. For summer 2011, CLAS awarded eight FLAS Fellowships to students to study abroad in Peru (Quechua) and Brazil (Portuguese). Summer fellows were from diverse disciplines, including political science, anthropology, geography, Spanish and Portuguese and international business.

Ohio Latin Americanist conference

The Center for Latin American Studies again co-sponsored the Ohio Latin Americanist Conference, which held its 10th annual meeting in February 2011 at Bowling Green State University. This conference brings together Latin Americanists representing different disciplines from all over Ohio and the Midwest. This year Ohio State was represented by a total of five professors and 17 graduate students, speaking on topics like “Empire and Knowledge,” “Identities and Subjectivities in Contemporary Latin American Cinemas,” “Sequential Art,” “Globalization, Development and Community,” “Race and Identity,” and “Independent Student Experiences After Short-Term Service Learning in Monimbó, Masaya, Nicaragua.”

Center for Slavic and East European Studies

Midwest Slavic ConferenceThe Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) is a Title VI federally funded National Resource Center (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) center. CSEES offers a master’s degree in Slavic and East European Studies, as well as provides support and outreach to OSU, the Columbus area, Ohio, and the Midwest in general.

Expanding graduate program

The Slavic Center continued to operate the Office of International Affairs largest academic degree program by welcoming seven new M.A. students in autumn 2010, including two University Fellows. CSEES graduated five students with M.A. degrees in spring 2011 and will welcome seven new students in the fall, bringing the current number of graduate students in the program to 19.

Conferences making a national impact

This year the Center organized several major conferences: the Midwest Slavic Conference (over 180 attendees from 29 universities, 13 states, and three foreign countries), held concurrently with the Midwest Russian History Workshop (31 presenters from 17 universities), the Central/Southeast European Film and Visual Culture Symposium (19 presentations on five panels), and the first annual Ohio Undergraduate Russian Language Olympiada (students from six Ohio colleges and universities); the International Chekhov Conference (86 attendees); and the Workshop on Health Issues in Eastern Europe, co-sponsored with the Department of Sociology and the Polish Academy of Science.

Activities with impact

Slavic Center's 45th anniversaryThe Slavic Center celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2010 with a special event featuring U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. The event was co-sponsored by the Glenn School of Public Affairs and was attended by Senator John Glenn, Vice Provost William Brustein, and Glenn School Director Charles Wise, among others. CSEES also hosted and co-sponsored a robust lecture series featuring renowned speakers such as Henryk Domanski, Mikhail Gavrilin, Elizabeth King, Marianna Klochko, Vladimir Marchenkov, Katarzyna Marciniak, Martha Olcott, Sabrina Ramet, Mary Sarotte, Artemy Troitsky and Edward “Ted” Warner.

FLAS funding

In 2010-11, the Slavic Center awarded 15 academic year FLAS awards and 11 summer FLAS awards, including eight to undergraduates, for a total of over $330,000. This support included sending six students to Moscow on the Ohio State Intensive Russian Language Program (over $40,000 in support), two students to Montenegro and one to the Czech Republic.


This year the Slavic Center continued to play a leading role in organizing the Global Institute, a three-day conference for 100 K-12 teachers from around the state. The 2011 Global Institute was held at Ohio University and was supported by the area studies centers at Ohio State, the Office of International Affairs, Kent State University, the Ohio Department of Education and others. The Slavic Center also hosted its second annual teacher workshop as part of the Midwest Slavic Conference. This year’s theme was the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The Slavic Center has also been working with the new International High School in Columbus to offer Russian language classes to students beginning in August 2011.

Career placement and services

The Slavic Center’s priority on career placement once again paid off as recent graduates of the M.A. program found employment with Georgetown University, the Institute of International Finance, the Transnational Crime and Corruption Center, and the U.S. Federal Government (3). The Center once again offered increased career services for students throughout the university and region. The Slavic Center hosted numerous recruiter visits (National Nuclear Security Administration, Open Source Center/CIA, U.S. State Department); organized the 4th Annual International Careers Week; and gave several career talks at the Fisher College of Business, the University of Kentucky, and Wittenberg.

East Asian Studies Center

Study abroad in JapanThe East Asian Studies Center enhanced coursework relating to East Asian Studies and languages, supported students' interdisciplinary connections through scholarships and grants, and organized successful lecture series, conferences and events to provide information and cultural experiences to the campus community and beyond. The East Asian Studies Center also receives federal funding to support the Institute for Chinese Studies, the Institute for Japanese Studies and the Institute for Korean Studies.

Sparked innovative research and instruction

Supported 10 students from various disciplines with Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships in Academic Year 2010-11 and seven students Summer 2011, in addition to three undergraduate students with double majors with the Intensive Chinese Language Scholarship and three graduate students with the Louise Loh Memorial Scholarship

Administered Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in East Asian Studies program, inaugurated in 2005, continues to flourish, with 13 students enrolled in the program in 2010-11 and graduates being accepted into doctoral programs and placed in careers in the government, business, nonprofit and education sectors. Diversification of the program has been a priority in 2010-11 and efforts in reaching out to minority students and military officers resulted in increased applications from underrepresented groups.

Supported East Asian language and areas studies instruction, including the Autumn 2010 course, “Interdisciplinary Topics in Korean Studies” as well as the offering of first-year Uzbek language courses.

Forged interdisciplinary connections across fields and regions

EASC hosted the 2010 Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, drawing more than 250 attendees for the 46 panels and 12 special events, including a keynote address, a Tibetan photography exhibit, Japanese oral tradition performances, a K-12 educator workshop, a reception, and a banquet with student prizes and performances. One of the largest and most comprehensive MCAAs in the organization’s 59-year history, faculty and graduate students from over 60 Midwestern universities and colleges participated, as well as individuals from other regions of North America, Asia and Europe. Ohio institutions participating included Bowling Green State University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, College of Wooster, Denison University, John Carroll University, Kenyon College, Marietta College, Miami University, Oberlin College, Ohio University, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, University of Toledo, Wittenberg University, and Wright State University.

EASC organized and supported over 300 academic enrichment activities and cultural events, such as lectures, workshops, films and performances, reaching 187,437 people. EASC and the institutes’ lecture series included 52 events across a broad range of disciplines. Other notable events included ICS’s CHINA Town Hall and the inaugural graduate student forum, “New Horizons in Chinese Linguistics Research,” IJS’s rakugo and katsuben performances, and IKS’s poet-in-residence’s poetry presentation and artist-in-residence’s drumming performances and workshops.

Initiated programs to inspire life-long learning

Study abroad in ChinaAs part of the university’s land grand mission, EASC offers unique and in-depth teacher training for pre-service and in-service programs about East Asian languages and area studies. For example, EASC offered an intensive eleven-week “Teaching about Asia” seminar for 20 6th-12th grade teachers on the Ohio State campus, jointly coordinated the 2011 Ohio Global Institute in Athens for 100 teachers from across the state, inaugurated a new teacher in-service day program on East Asian teaching resources, and led the effort to organize an “International Friendship Day” for a public preschool.

Commitment to the promotion of language learning at all levels continued through the 12th Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest for high school and college students from across the state as well as collaborative work with the National East Asian Language Resource Center on Chinese-language STEM teaching materials for grades 9-12.

Efforts to enhance experiential learning continued through the sister-state relationship between Ohio and Saitama Prefecture (Japan) as IJS took the lead for the Ohio-Saitama Company Internship Programs in Ohio and Japan.

Fulfilled outreach mission through numerous events, including a collaboration with the Wexner Center for a 22-film series entitled “Kinema Japan” in Summer 2011, a Sha Fei war photography exhibition at the Upper Arlington Concourse Gallery, a Tibetan photography exhibit displayed at the Ohio Union and the University of Chicago Library, kitemaking workshops by artist-in-residence Jingfei Li, and a series of events and services offered in response to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Middle East Studies Center

Academic activities on campus

The Middle East Studies Center actively maintained its status in the local, national and international communities, hosting and participating in well over 100 programs. These included radio broadcasts and interviews, lecture series, conferences, colloquiums, teacher institutes, cultural events and community outreach activities.

Academic outreach activities

Central Eurasian Studies SeminarNumerous lectures, relating to Iraq, the relationship between Afghanistan and Iraq and the United States, the Arab Spring and the Middle East’s role in world affairs, were conducted through various media outlets and at universities including California State University, University of Southern Florida and Illinois Valley Community College. A lecture was also presented to 15 higher education representatives at the Midwest Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The Middle East Studies Center has also co-sponsored various conferences such as the Al-Ghazali conference, held in November 2011, and the Central Eurasian Studies Seminar, held in September 2011.

Undergraduate student engagement

The Middle East Studies Center partnered with the Departments of History and of Anthropology to create a course on oil for the Undergraduate International Studies Program. The Center then collaborated with the other area studies centers and the undergraduate international studies program to bring scholar Tom O’Donnell to campus to teach about oil in the global economy. O’Donnell taught a UISP course during Spring Quarter and he conducted a workshop for teachers during the summer.

Teaching and learning initiatives

The Middle East Studies Center developed Summer Teacher Workshops and courses and a Summer Internship program to raise awareness about the Middle East as well as the larger international community. In addition, the Center collaborated with local and regional community colleges, such as Illinois Valley Community College, the MidWest Institute and Columbus State Community College to train their teachers and create quality student programming. The Middle East Studies Center has also participated in culture in-services in schools, civic clubs, and K-16 teacher events.


In the autumn of 2011, MESC implemented its first official Volunteers and Cultural Consultants Program, collaborating with other professionals, departments, centers and transnational based organizations to create a formalized training system for volunteers to participate in outreach activities in the community. The program uses Cultural Consultants trained in intercultural education to decenter American assumptions by sharing their experiences, beliefs and points of view. Research demonstrates that these cross-cultural experiences have a profound effect in reducing stereotypes, creating interest in other countries and cultures and in helping teachers rethink their assumptions about the US and the world. This not only created the opportunities for transcultural dialogues within the community, but also allowed for a greater understanding of how to address the need to change misconceptions that are held against certain communities.

Center Director Alam PayindIn the media

The Middle East Studies Center was represented through interviews with radio and television programs, submissions and press releases and various call-in-shows. The Center director alone gave more than 50 interviews to media outlets during the course of the year, including Voice of America in English, Pashto and Persian, BBC in English, Pashto and Persian, CNN, Al-Jazeera, NPR, Radio Jamaica, Radio Free Europe and others.


The Middle East Studies Center has been participating in numerous military and government events since September 11, 2001. As a pioneer in military and law enforcement outreach, the Center provides regular consultations to government and law enforcement agencies. In September 2010, the Center held a colloquium on cultural awareness for the military in Iraq and Afghanistan, which was co-sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law Related Education.

Evaluation and Assessment

The Office of International Affairs and Area Studies Centers have developed and implemented a new initiative for evaluation and assessment. A key component of the new initiative is the Shared Tracking, Evaluation and Planning System (STEPS).

The Shared Tracking, Evaluation and Planning System (STEPS) is a comprehensive database that integrates tracking, planning, evaluation and assessment of international education programs and activities in one system. Five Area Studies Centers at the Office of International Affairs utilize the STEPS to accomplish their goals to effectively follow their students and program participants and conduct rigorous evaluation and assessment of both short-term and long-term outcomes for their programs and activities. The STEPS allows for on-going collection, sharing, and comparison of data from multiple international education units and programs, and therefore, provide a foundation for continuous, cross-sectional evaluation. The improved tracking, evaluation and reporting of program outcomes with the STEPS will further assist with securing federal funding for Title VI programs.

In addition, the Office of International Affairs helped area studies centers develop and implement center-specific evaluation plans, utilizing multiple measures of outcomes to assess their impact on international learning in the university, local community, and the nation.

International Agreements and Visiting Delegations

Representatives from the Universidade de São PauloThe Office of International Affairs helps facilitate agreements with foreign universities and is responsible for monitoring the formation of agreements and ensuring the terms meet the objectives of Ohio State’s Academic Plan. Additionally, International Affairs facilitates the visits of international delegations to the university, which builds a strong alliance and collaborative spirit between university departments and institutions of higher education around the world.

Ohio State formalized 38 Memoranda of Agreements and 18 Student Exchange Agreements with foreign universities in 2010-11, and received 22 visiting international delegations to campus.

A number of Ohio State’s colleges and departments are cooperating with international universities to conduct research in a variety of fields, creating dual degree programs and participating in student exchanges. The College of Arts and Sciences was involved in the signing of 25 agreements, the professional schools, 21 and the health sciences, 13. Signing the majority of agreements was the College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, which formalized seven Memoranda of Agreement, while the Fisher College of Business entered into seven Student Exchange Agreements.

Across the globe, Ohio State signed 29 agreements with institutions in East Asia (20 MOAs and eight SEAS); 18 in Western Europe (seven MOAs and 11 SEAs); seven in Latin America, six in Africa; and six in the Middle East. Other regions of the world represented include Eastern Europe, South Asia and Australia.

The Office of International Affairs welcomed 16 international delegations to campus, facilitating the signing of Memoranda of Agreements and connecting faculty who may have mutual interests.

Highlights of 2010-11

  • During a two-week visit that took an Ohio State delegation, including President E. Gordon Gee, to Iceland and Europe in July 2011, university officials held meetings to discuss future and current collaborations with the University of Iceland, Bahcesehir University and Koc University in Turkey, as well as Greenwich University and Oxford University in England. Two Memoranda of Agreement were signed with the University of Oxford, which will help Ohio State develop strategic linkages for the Global Gateways, and which will establish Iceland as a partner that will result in gaining considerable support to address major societal issues associated with climate change, land restoration and food security.
  • Representatives of the Universidade de São Paulo spent two days on campus to meet with faculty in the areas of medicine and microbiology and to discuss the potential for dual degree programs. This visit brings the potential for mutual collaborations as Ohio State considers the possibility of opening a Global Gateway office in São Paulo in the future.
  • Visiting his alma mater to receive the College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences International Alumni Award, Fahri Yavuz traveled to Ohio State from Turkey, where he serves as Advisor to the Rector and the head of the Office of International Affairs at Atatürk University in Erzurum, Turkey. He met with President E. Gordon Gee and faculty on campus to discuss developing student and faculty exchanges and collaborations in research. Ohio State signed a university level Memorandum of Agreement in 2009 with Atatürk University for the purpose of educational and cultural exchange.
  • Wuhan University's visitWuhan University in China sent a delegation of political science professors and its communications director for a five-day visit to Ohio State. The delegation, led by Vice President Luo YuTin, met with leadership in the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science, Department of History, Department of Philosophy, International Affairs, Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience, Student Life, University Marketing and Communications, WOSU Public Media and The Lantern. The group also received tours of the Recreation and Physical Activity Center, the Ohio Union and the William Oxley Thompson Library. This is the third consecutive year that Wuhan University has sent a group of faculty/administrators to Ohio State to learn more about the academic offerings at the university.
  • A delegation from Chungnam National University in Korea visited Ohio State to discuss extending a current Memorandum of Agreement to the institutional level building upon faculty and research connections as the foundation for future collaborations. Chungnam was specifically interested in engineering, business and agricultural opportunities. With three Student Exchange Agreements in place with Ohio State, Chungnam would also like to continue encouraging Ohio State students to participate in their Korean language and culture program during the summer.

International Grants and Scholarships

The Office of International Affairs funds and administers grants and scholarships that are made available to faculty, graduate, professional and undergraduate students at Ohio State. These opportunities provide funding for international collaborative research, pre-dissertation research, and study abroad programs, as well as projects that promote the understanding of foreign countries, cultures and peoples through academic study. International Affairs also administers the U.S. Department of Education’s Fulbright-Hays grants and serves as the campus representative for the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Scholars program.

International Affairs grants

The Office of International Affairs has awarded 22 grants to students and faculty members as part of the 2011 grant competition. Totaling $78,581 in funding this year, the annual grant competition’s purpose is to promote the understanding of foreign countries, cultures and peoples through academic study. Grants are given for projects that explore the languages, cultures, arts, politics, economy or socio-demographic aspects of a foreign region. Five faculty members have been awarded grants totaling $20,000, and 17 student recipients have been chosen to receive grants totaling $58,581.

Gateway grants

The Offices of Research, Undergraduate Education, and International Affairs have awarded grants to develop interactive course modules, conduct research and create new study abroad programs in the Gateway countries of China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), India and Brazil.

    • Successful research projects included those active collaborations that were currently aligned with Ohio State’s Centers of Excellence that explore global issues in a regional context: Climate, Energy and the Environment; Health and Well-Being; Human Behavior and Bioinformatics; State, Regional and Urban Development; Food Production, Supply and Safety; and Materials, Manufacturing Technologies and Nanotechnology. Five $10,000 grants were awarded during the Spring 2011 competition to collaborations based in Turkey, China and India.


  • Grants were also offered to develop study abroad programs in the Gateway countries of Hungary, Greece, Mexico, and Uganda. Four new study abroad program proposals designed for undergraduates of any major were awarded $15,240 grants (one per country) in the Spring 2011 competition. Grants were awarded to recipients in the departments of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Spanish & Portuguese and to African American and African Studies, for programs in Hungary, Greece, Mexico and Uganda.
  • One $4,000 grant was awarded to adapt existing course content into an interactive module between an Ohio State class and a class at an international partner institution in the Gateway country of India during the Spring 2011 competition.

Wolfe study abroad scholarships

Wolfe Scholarship RecipientsThe Office of International Affairs recognized 2010-2011 recipients of the Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship. The 32 undergraduate students each were awarded a $2,500 scholarship to help fund their individual and long-term study abroad programs. The students traveled to 14 different countries including Argentina, China, Jordan, Switzerland and Ecuador. The Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship is the cornerstone of Ohio State’s study abroad programs, and more than 200 students have received the scholarship over the past 12 years. The scholarships are made possible through the generous gift of from the Robert F. Wolfe and Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation.

Fulbright Fellowships

Five Ohio State faculty members from the Mortiz College of Law, The Ohio State University Libraries, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics and the Department of History were awarded Fulbright fellowships. The fellowships took them to India, Egypt, Norway, Canada and Japan. Recipients are selected by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, which administers the program for the U.S. Department of State.

Special Events

The Office of International Affairs supports programming for international students and scholars, as well as the campus community, which engages in cultural exchange.

Throughout the year, International Affairs coordinates special activities that welcome international students and scholars to campus, introduce them to the vast resources available on campus, familiarize them with the Columbus community and showcase their research and involvement at Ohio State. Additionally, programming is also in place to promote academic international opportunities and showcase the diversity of our global community.

Welcome events

Welcome PartyTo make international students and scholars feel at home upon arriving at Ohio State, the Office of International Affairs hosts a welcome party and ice cream social as a way to help them make new friends and get acquainted with the campus community.

Study Abroad Expo

Students learned more about expanding their educational opportunities at the Study Abroad Expo held in the Buckeye Reading Room in the Thompson Library. An estimated 750 students spoke one-on-one with the experts to learn more about all of the study abroad programs Ohio State has to offer. Additionally, students attended workshops to explore the ins and outs of how to get started studying abroad, scholarship options and funding resources.  Students also could get their picture taken, and complete and submit a passport application.

International Scholar Research Exposition

Ohio State hosts more than 1,800 international scholars on campus every year. To showcase some of the cutting edge research being conducted, the Office of International Affairs and the Office of Research partner to host a poster exposition and reception with President E. Gordon Gee to recognize these scholarly efforts.

International Photography Exhibition

"The Joy of Miscommunication," Aminata SeckThe 2011 International Photography Exhibition, an annual contest open to all members of the Ohio State community, was displayed in the East Art Lounge of the Ohio Union and featured 41 original photographs taken overseas by 32 Ohio State students, staff, faculty and visiting scholars who came from 9 different countries.

Photographs in the exhibition were submitted in four categories — People, Places, Arts/Music and Signs — and featured photographs taken in 22 countries, including five from India, four each from Turkey and Peru and three from Spain, China and Japan.

One overall Best of Show was selected and awards were given in all four categories for first, second and third place. Additionally, 28 photos were awarded honorable mention recognition.

Thanksgiving Dinner

The Office of International Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion collaborated to provide Thanksgiving Dinner to 1,800 people at the Ohio Union. The traditional meal is served to those students, faculty and staff who cannot get home to their families during the holiday.

Taste of OSU

Pilipino Student AssociationThe Office of International Affairs, over 30 Ohio State student organizations and Residence Life and Dining Services hosted Taste of OSU, an event that features an evening of international food, cultural displays and performances. Student organizations prepare foods with an international flavor that are characteristic of their home countries and share their cultures with the campus community.

Over 4,000 guests attended Taste of OSU this year, which was held in the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom of the Ohio Union.