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Annual Report 2011-2012

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

  1. Study Abroad
  2. International Students and Scholars
  3. Open Doors Report 2010-2011
  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


Study Abroad

Numbers of students studying abroad steadily increases

Study abroad in ChinaThe number of students participating in a study abroad program through the Office of International Affairs grew to 1,993 during the 2010-11 academic year as reported to the Institute for International Education in its annual Open Doors survey. The report ranked Ohio State 14th in the nation for the number of students studying abroad and 3rd in the nation with 1,806 students studying on short-term programs. Short-term programs are defined as taking place during the summer, January term or for eight weeks or less during the academic year.

Students continued broadening their horizons by studying in more than 70 different countries, with the largest number of students traveling to the United Kingdom. Ohio State offers more than 100 study abroad programs, and the number of Ohio State students adding an international component to their academic experience continues to grow.

Most students study abroad on programs taking place during the school year that are two weeks or less in duration, with 38.9 percent of the total number of students studying abroad for this length of time. Ohio State students first year through senior are all studying abroad, but are incorporating their international education experiences most often during their senior year of college.

Ohio State converts to semesters and refines study abroad programs

Study abroad coordinators in the Office of International Affairs spent academic year 2011-12 ensuring that Ohio State’s array of study abroad programs were adequately prepared for the impending semester conversion, working with faculty and campus departments to establish a smooth transition. Coordinators also helped prospective resident directors refine proposed new programs, which will result in dozens of new programs for Ohio State students in 2012-13. The India Global Summer program was the first such new program to take place, taking first and second year students to study in Hyderabad in summer 2012.

Plans for May session programs emerge

Global Summer IndiaThe Office of International Affairs will emphasize May session, part of the university’s semester calendar, as an opportunity to study abroad by offering a myriad of new programs during the month of May. Ohio State students will also be able to spend May session abroad as part of a new type of study abroad program called Global May.

Global May study abroad programs have been designed for first and second year students of any major, including those who have not yet declared a major. These programs will introduce students to education abroad while focusing on the history, culture, current events and major issues of one specific country or region. All of these new programs will be led by Ohio State faculty and feature program instruction in English. During May session 2013, students will be able to spend a Global May in China, Brazil, Uganda, England, Mexico and Hungary. The seventh Global May program takes place over the summer in India, and the first cohort of students has already studied abroad on this program to great success.

Education abroad discussion series

To create a dialogue among faculty about study abroad at Ohio State, the Office of International Affairs and the Office of Undergraduate Education launched an Education Abroad Discussion Series in 2011. The series provided information about different types of programming, new initiatives, best practices and lessons learned from study abroad.

The Education Abroad Discussion Series encouraged faculty discussion about ideas and programs, and shared ways to create, implement and sustain a range of education abroad opportunities for Ohio State undergraduate students. Discussion topics included “Creating and Sustaining Opportunities for Undergraduate International Research,” “Undergraduate Exchanges,” “Third Party Provider Study Abroad Programming: What is it and why?” and “Developing and Implementing a Host Institution-Based Study Abroad Program.”

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 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 taking students to international locations.

OIA continues to require 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 to enroll in the university’s supplemental travel insurance, provided through HTH Worldwide. The supplemental insurance includes coverage for emergency assistance, evacuation and repatriation and is available through the Office of International Affairs.

All data related to study abroad is derived from the 2010 - 2011 Open Doors report, an annual survey conducted by the Institute for International Education.

International Students and Scholars

More international students and scholars are choosing Ohio State

International studentsThe Office of International Affairs (OIA) provided guidance and assistance to the more than 6,000 international students and approximately 1,900 international scholars who were at Ohio State during 2011.*

These students most commonly study business and engineering. Ohio State ranked 10th among the nation’s colleges and universities for hosting 6,142 international students in 2011, a 10 percent increase over the previous year. The rankings are recorded by the Open Doors Report, an annual survey published by the Institute for International Education. The increase in international students brought students from many different countries, with the largest contingents from the People’s Republic of China, India and South Korea. In addition to the high number of returning students, 1,562 new international students were welcomed to the university.

Ohio State hosted 1,727 international scholars who came to the university from more than 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.

Through successful filings of H-1B petitions, the Office of International Affairs supported the university’s efforts to hire the best and brightest international faculty, researchers and staff. A total of 452 scholars in H-1B and 1,275 exchange visitors (J-1 scholars) and other scholars were part of the campus community at Ohio State in 2011. OIA provided immigration training and consultation to units across the university.

Provided guidance, assistance and news

Pre-arrival communication, check-in and orientation services went well for the 1,562 new international students who enrolled at Ohio State. A comprehensive orientation, immigration advising services, workshops and programs are provided for international students in continued efforts to assist and support students in achieving their academic and personal goals.

In June 2011, the Office of International Affairs launched its monthly International Student Newsletter, designed to promote events, publicize deadlines, announce workshops and communicate news about all things international on campus. This newsletter, sent on the first of the month, reaches more than 6,000 students a month.

Planned events for international scholars and families

International scholarsInternational scholars and their families were treated to a variety of events, including Valentine’s Day and Halloween parties. ISS also hosts monthly social outings, a weekly English conversation group, workshops on American culture and the annual Scholar Research Exposition.

*All data related to international students and scholars is derived from the 2010 - 2011 Open Doors report, an annual survey conducted by the Institute for International Education (IIE). 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 2010-2011



Global Gateways

As part of its international strategy, Ohio State has been opening offices — Global Gateways — in key parts of the world to advance the university’s teaching, research and engagement mission. The Gateways 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 China Gateway

Wuhan University-Ohio State University Center for American CultureOhio State’s presence in China continues to help the university expand its global reach. The Gateway helped welcome new Ohio State students through its successful pre-departure orientations, which touched base with more than 300 students even before their arrival in Ohio. The Shanghai office also helps orient the Ohio State community on travels to China, and more than 50 students and 20 faculty utilized the Gateway to facilitate studies or research abroad, The China Gateway is an established point of contact for alumni as well; by the end of 2012, the Gateway’s database had information on more than 400 alumni living and working in China.

The China Gateway was instrumental in the creation of the Wuhan University-Ohio State University Center for American Culture in the Hubei Province of China, which opened in September 2012. Located in Wuhan University's School of Foreign Literature and Languages, and funded by a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State, the center provides a learning environment that promotes a better understanding of the diversity of U.S. culture through lectures and discussions on the U.S. legal system, social structures and higher education as well as American literature, music, film and television. The Gateway also helped facilitate a joint biostatistics center with Fudan University, as well as joint PhD and student exchange programs with Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

The China Gateway also works to establish potential for internships, and in 2012 officially launched the Global Internship Program, providing Ohio State students with working and learning experiences through project-based internships, personal alumni mentorship and more. In 2012, the Gateway identified 10 corporations — with locations in Beijing, Shanghai and Suzhou — and continues to seek out opportunities that would allow Ohio State students to collaborate on real projects with some of the world’s most innovative companies.

Ohio State India Gateway

President Gee in India to open GatewayPresident of The Ohio State University, E. Gordon Gee, officially opened the university’s Gateway office in Mumbai, India in March 2012. Located in the central business district of Mumbai, the India Gateway is in an area of the world that, like the China Gateway in Shanghai, capitalizes on the strengths of Ohio State’s rapidly growing global connections. Office space in Mumbai was donated by Ohio State and Fisher College of Business alumnus Laxmikant J. Tanna, and Ratnesh Bhattacharya, a 2011 graduate of the Moritz College of Law, was named as the Gateway’s director.

The India Gateway has planned a number of events for alumni living and working in India, including career forums, social events and opportunities for alumni to network with current students. The office in Mumbai has also started hosting pre-departure orientations for students from India who will be attending Ohio State.

In its first year of operation, the India Gateway welcomed senior university leadership to the office in Mumbai, as well as faculty in the Fisher College of Business and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Other Ohioans utilizing the Gateway included State Representative Jay Goyal, as well as representatives from the State of Ohio Department of Development and the Central Ohio American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin — an organization that has donated more than $42,000 to date to support the India Gateway.

Center for African Studies

The Center for African Studies (CAS) continued to enrich campus-based programs focused on Africa, as well as develop linkages with national and international institutions.

Study abroad and other collaboration

Several new study abroad programs organized through CAS will provide undergraduate students with new opportunities to study in Uganda and Ethiopia. A Global May program led by Laura Joseph, assistant director of the Center for African Studies, will take students to Uganda to study at Makerere University in May 2013. Through lectures, discussions and research projects on contemporary Uganda, students will examine, appreciate, and engage the rich and dynamic nature of Uganda’s history, culture, politics, economics and society.

A second program, underwritten by the U.S. State Department grant through CAS, will work with Addis Ababa and Gondar Universities in Ethiopia to build teaching and research capacity, and to encourage undergraduates in non-traditional and STEM majors to study abroad in Ethiopia. A May session program is scheduled for 2014.

Conferences, lectures and presentations

CAS served as host for several visitors to the Ohio State campus, including Ambassador James Swan, special representative for Somalia, who spoke to a packed room at the Mershon Center, and hosted the “Somalia at Crossroads” conference in late January. CAS partnered with the Middle East Studies Center to bring famed Africanist scholar Ali Mazrui to campus to speak on “Islam in Africa’s Experience: Expansion, Revival, and Radicalization.” Select other events included “Im/migration and Ohio: Local Perspectives,” a panel featuring the Somali Documentary Project hosted by CAS and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies; a screening and discussion of When China Met Africa with the Institute for Chinese Studies; and a discussion forum on “Digital Activism: Reflections on Kony 2012.”

Model African Unions

CAS advised the Ohio State Model African Union Club for the second consecutive year, taking two delegations to the Washington simulation of the Model AU. Several delegates, representing Liberia and South Sudan, were semi-finalists for awards recognizing strong performance in the simulation’s committees. In addition, CAS partnered with Columbus International High School, Model African Union and the Columbus Council World Affairs to host Model African Union clubs in the community, as well as a simulation with eight area high schools.

Center for Latin American Studies

Study abroad in BrazilThe Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) continued to promote Latin American culture and educate the campus community. The center also collaborated with faculty members, area experts and campus units on many of the year’s events and activities; 2011-12 collaborators included the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, the Columbus Council on World Affairs, the University of Notre Dame, Ohio University, Instituto Camõnes and the U.S. Women and Cuba Collaboration.

Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships and Tinker grants

As a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Comprehensive National Resource Center, CLAS awards Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for the study of Quechua and Portuguese in combination with area studies. In academic year 2011-12, CLAS awarded 10 FLAS fellowships to eight graduate students and two undergraduates; in summer 2012, the center awarded 10 more FLAS Fellowships, five each to graduate and undergraduate students. CLAS was also able to award nine academic year tuition wavers for FLAS fellows. Eleven CLAS students earned Tinker grants in summer 2012.

Growth of master's in Latin American Studies program, Quechua program

The 2011-12 cohort of the master's in Latin American Studies program had five students chosen from 11 applications. 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.

CLAS is working to develop a strategic plan for the Quechua program, focusing particularly on an individualized and long-distance learning program. CLAS has worked closely with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese to continue to strengthen and grow the Quechua language program, and as a result the program is experiencing sustained enrollment. In academic year 2011-12, enrollments in Quechua I totaled 21, with 16 in Quechua II and seven in Quechua III.

Continuing course development

CLAS continues to develop courses to help students explore the history, language and culture of Latin America. During the 2011-12 academic year, CLAS helped develop four undergraduate courses, in topics such as art history, music and Andean studies, and four graduate courses in art history and Brazilian studies.

Conferences and symposia

The Center for Latin American Studies again co-sponsored the Ohio Latin Americanist Conference, which held its eleventh annual meeting in February 2012 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 on nine panels, speaking on topics such as “Development and Politics in Latin America,” “Challenges for Central America,” “Religion: Latin American and U.S. Latino/a Perspectives” and “Latinos/as and Transformative Education.”

CLAS also represented Ohio State at the Symposium on Teaching and Learning Indigenous Languages of Latin America in October 2011, moderating three panels, and participated in the April 2011 Hispanic and Lusophone Studies Symposium as well.

Films, lectures and outreach

Between its annual Latin American film series, a screening of the immigration documentary Which Way Home, which was attended by more than 150 people, and its annual collaboration with the Wexner Center for the Arts for the popular Cinema Latino Series, which featured 11 films in the 2011-12 series, CLAS screened more than 20 films focused on Latin American topics. The center also hosted 20 lectures over the academic year, presented at International Day events at Marysville Community College and Southwest Career Academy and participated in Taste of OSU.

Center for Slavic and East European Studies

Midwest Slavic ConferenceThe Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) continued its mission as a federally funded National Resource and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Center to advance the study and knowledge of Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia at the local, regional and national level in 2011-12. During the year, CSEES enhanced students’ educational opportunities through FLAS fellowships, broadened knowledge in the field of Slavic and East European studies, expanded its work with community colleges and embarked on new endeavors.

Educating the leaders of the future

CSEES continued to operate the largest MA program within the Office of International Affairs. In autumn 2011, CSEES welcomed eight new graduate students, 12% of which were minorities. Ten students graduated with a Master’s of Arts in Slavic and East European Studies during the year. Sixteen academic year FLAS Fellowships were awarded to graduate students, as well as two to undergraduates. During the summer, seven graduate and two undergraduate students received summer FLAS Fellowships. As part of the summer fellowships, students were able to travel to Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, Russia; Krakow, Poland; and Podgorica, Montenegro. Overall, CSEES granted $361,046 in FLAS money to fund students’ studies.

Serving as a hub for knowledge

CSEES organized or co-sponsored three major conferences during the 2011-12 academic year. In September 2011, the Slavic Center co-sponsored and hosted the national Central Eurasian Studies Society Conference. The three-day event drew over 200 participants from the U.S., Central Asia and the Middle East. Also in the fall, CSEES organized the Beyond Mosque, Church, and State: Negotiating Religious and Ethno-National Identities in the Balkans Conference. This international conference drew more than 100 attendees and helped the Center to achieve its objective of broadening Ohio State’s Balkan and Central Asian programs. The 60th Midwest Slavic Conference (MWSC) was held at Ohio State in March 2012. The two-day conference featured 34 panels and more than 400 attendees. Four prominent scholars were also invited to campus as part of the Russian, East European and Eurasian Seminar that was co-sponsored by CSEES.

Working with the community (K-12 and Community Colleges)

Several initiatives of CSEES’ in the last year focused on working with K-12 and higher education entities. For the first time, CSEES was proud to sponsor a Russian language course at a local high school. Nineteen students at Columbus International High School were able to study first-year Russian, and a second year of the language will be taught in 2012-13. As part of the Midwest Slavic Conference (MWSC), CSEES also organized the third annual Midwest Slavic K-12 Teacher Workshop, this year on the topic of Islam outside the Middle East. Additionally, CSEES worked with several community colleges in Kentucky and Ohio in 2011-12, hosting lectures at the schools, giving development grants to community college faculty to attend MWSC and providing materials to bring more information about Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia into the classroom.

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.

Creating new opportunities

CSEES is proud to announce that, in conjunction with the departments of political science; women’s, gender, and sexuality studies; and Slavic and East European languages and cultures; as well as the Fisher College of Business, College of Social Work, Office of International Affairs and John Glenn School of Public Affairs, the center was able to launch its new Polish Studies Initiative (PSI). PSI will expand the opportunities for students to study Polish language and culture, faculty to conduct research on the area and the community at large to participate in events focusing on Poland.

East Asian Studies Center

East Asian Studies Center receptionThe 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

The East Asian Studies Center (EASC) supported 14 graduate students and one undergraduate student from various disciplines with Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships in the 2011-12 academic year, as well as eight students in summer 2012. The center also supported three undergraduate students with double majors with the Intensive Chinese Language Scholarship and three graduate students with the Louise Loh Memorial Scholarship.

The EASC-administered Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in East Asian Studies program, inaugurated in 2005, continues to flourish, with eight students enrolled in the program in 2011-12. Graduates continue to be accepted into doctoral programs and placed in careers in the government, business, nonprofit and education sectors.

EASC also supported East Asian areas studies instruction, including the winter 2012 course “Interdisciplinary Topics in Korean Studies,” as well as language instruction through first-year Modern/Colloquial Tibetan and Uzbek courses.

Forged interdisciplinary connections across fields and regions

In 2011-12, EASC organized and supported nearly 200 academic enrichment activities and cultural events, reaching over 100,000 people through lectures, workshops, films and performances. The lecture series for the EASC and the Institutes for Chinese (ICS), Japanese (IJS) and Korean Studies (IKS) included 38 events across a broad range of disciplines. Notable events included IKS’s hosting of Han Duk-soo, the Korean Ambassador to the U.S. and former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea; EASC’s support of the twelfth annual Central Eurasian Studies Society Conference, held at Ohio State in September 2011; ICS’s hosting of the first ever international conference on Cantonese linguistics in North America; and IKS’s one-day conference on the international relations of North Korea, showcasing research based on newly released documents from the former Eastern Bloc.

In furthering our focus on STEM initiatives related to East Asia, IJS hosted “Science, Technology and Medicine in East Asia: Policy, Practice and Implications in a Global Context,” a two-day conference in honor of Dr. James Bartholomew, in October 2011. The conference featured 12 panels and was attended by more than 70 scholars from 42 institutions across seven countries.

To aid in our goal of professionalization of graduate students, ICS organized two graduate student forums, ranging across the fields of history of art, literature and history, which afforded students the opportunity to forge interdisciplinary perspectives on their areas of inquiry.

Initiated programs to inspire life-long learning

Based on results of community college and HBCU needs assessments conducted in spring 2012, EASC partnered with specific institutions to enhance collaboration on East Asian studies and provide information to students interested in further pursuing international careers or advanced-level language and area studies.

As part of the university’s land grand mission, EASC offers unique and in-depth teacher training for pre-service and in-service educators about East Asian languages and area studies. In summer 2012, EASC and IJS hosted an oral proficiency assessment workshop for teachers of Japanese from around the state, sponsoring participation fees for community college instructors. In addition, EASC offered an intensive eleven-week “Teaching about Asia” seminar for 20 sixth- through twelfth-grade teachers on the campus of Case Western Reserve University; organized the visit of filmmaker Jim Butterworth to share his documentary on North Korean refugees, “Seoul Train,” with educators; and led the effort to share resources with STEM teachers at the COSI Teacher Resource Fair.

EASC’s commitment to the promotion of language learning at all levels was continued through the 13th annual Japanese Language Speech Contest for high school and college students from across the state. EASC’s effort 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.

The center’s community outreach mission was fulfilled through numerous events, including kitemaking workshops by artist-in-residence Jingfei Li, art and poetry contests with local school children and a series of events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the gift of cherry trees from the government of Japan to the United States.

Middle East Studies Center

Study abroad in TurkeyAcademic activities on campus

The Middle East Studies Center, a Title VI National Resource Center, conducted, organized or supported more than 50 outreach and academic engagement events over the year, including activities designed to engage students, teachers, members of the military and the Columbus community, on campus and beyond.

Academic outreach activities

In 2011, MESC implemented a Volunteers and Cultural Consultants Program, intended to create a formalized training system for volunteers and outreach professionals. Volunteers and cultural consultants were offered training in cross-cultural communication, Middle Eastern culture and how to orient others to the U.S. educational system. This program is designed to allow participants to share experiences, beliefs and perspectives while creating opportunities for transcultural communication within the Ohio State community.

MESC also held a number of campus-based events, including lectures, film screenings, concerts, an Arabic film festival and two Middle Eastern poetry nights, aimed at engaging students, faculty and staff.

Teaching and learning initiatives

The Middle East Studies Center continued its work in teacher training, creating the Cultural Exchanges program, a comprehensive training program and certificate appropriate for classroom teachers and corporate trainers. The Cultural Exchanges program not only supports the center’s teacher training initiative, but career development and recruitment goals as well.

In 2012, the center once again collaborated with Niagara Educational Services to bring 21 scholars and educators to Turkey. All of the participants worked to create resources for teaching about Turkey, funded by the Middle East Studies Center’s Title VI National Resource Center Grant.

The center also facilitated educational outreach via its invited lecturers and scholars. In April, following his presentation on "Ideology versus Profit: Drugs and Insurgencies in Afghanistan and Colombia," guest speaker Dawood Azami visited Columbus International High School to speak to students, contextualizing Afghanistan both historically and culturally, and reflecting on his experiences as an Afghani and a journalist.

The center facilitated Middle East-related education outside of Central Ohio as well, holding a videoconference with a classroom in Denver to discuss Afghanistan, its people and places.

In the media

The Middle East Studies Center often participates in media-based outreach, including radio appearances, interviews, and speaking engagements. The center director alone gave more than 50 interviews to media outlets during 2011-2012, such as 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.

During a September workshop on Middle Eastern Identities, the Middle East Studies Center staff and guest scholars went to WOSU studios for an interview with Ann Fisher for the radio program “All Sides.” The interview focused on Middle Eastern Americans and what that term means culturally and demographically, as well as addressed the stereotypes that have pervaded popular culture throughout U.S. history, especially since 9/11.

Military

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. One such training found center staff traveled to Texas to present a workshop to 40 army officers at Camp Mabry. Director Alam Payind and Assistant Director Melinda McClimmans spoke on intercultural communication and the history and geography of Afghanistan, as well as taught attendees survival Pashto and Dari.

Evaluation and Assessment

Taking the lead in foreign languages and area studies, the Office of International Affairs and the Area Studies Centers will host the 2013 National Resource Center Conference. The conference, Demonstrating the Impact of National Resource Centers, will explore strategies for using evaluation to enhance federally-funded National Resource Centers (NRCs). Faculty and administrators from NRCs across the country will be in attendance, as well as representatives from the Department of Education.

The new Shared Tracking, Evaluation and Planning System (STEPS) has improved Area Studies Centers’ efforts to integrate planning, evaluation, and reporting of their programs and activities. STEPS will be further upgraded to expand the system capacity to accommodate more users from all OIA units.

Several units within OIA have developed plans for needs assessments to better serve their constituencies. In the past year, Area Studies Centers jointly conducted needs assessments to understand regional needs for international and foreign language studies and enhance partnerships with community colleges and minority serving institutions in Ohio.

A new survey for international students and scholars is currently under development to improve programming and services for these students and scholars. It will enable OIA to gain a better understanding of the increasing undergraduate international student population by assessing why these students chose to study at Ohio State, the kinds of experiences they have during their study and the types of support they need.

International Agreements and Visiting Delegations

Dr. Han Duk-soo, Korean Ambassador to the U.S. and former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea

The 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 5 Memoranda of Agreements, 25 Memoranda of Understanding and eight Student Exchange Agreements with foreign universities in 2011-12.

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 professional schools were involved in signing seven agreements, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering and the College of Education and Human Ecology, signed five each. The Fisher College of Business entered into seven Student Exchange Agreements.

Across the globe, Ohio State signed 14 agreements with institutions in East Asia (11 MOUs, 1 MOA and 2 SEAs); seven in Western Europe (three MOUs and four SEAs); and seven in Latin America. Other regions of the world represented South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.

The Office of International Affairs welcomed 32 international delegations during the academic year 2011-12 – almost double the number of delegation visits from the previous year.

Highlights of 2011- 2012

  • A delegation from St. Anne's College, Oxford University, in England visited Ohio State on September 26-27, 2011. Martin Jackson, bursar, and Anne Mullen, senior tutor, met with President E. Gordon Gee and other university leaders from various departments. Ohio State has a strong relationship with St. Anne's College and Oxford University through the Moritz College of Law's pre-law study abroad program. The universities are now exploring the possibility of expanding current programs and the potential for new collaborations with the Moritz College of Law, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering and the College of Medicine.
  • At the invitation of President E. Gordon Gee and assistance from the law firm of Kegler, Brown, Hill and Ritter, Jorge Bolaños Bolaños, the Ambassador of Cuba to the U.S., visited Ohio State on November 16 and 17. This was the first visit for the Ambassador in the United States outside of Washington, DC. The Ambassador met with representatives from the College of Medicine, the Moritz College of Law, Fisher College of Business, College of Public Health and the Department of Political Science. The Ambassador also presented: "The Long-Term Future of U.S.-Cuba Relations" as part of the Mershon Center’s Use of Force and Diplomacy Speaker Series.
  • The Institute for Korean Studies hosted Dr. Han Duk-soo, Korean Ambassador to the U.S. and former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, on November 16-17, 2011. During his visit, Ambassador Han met with Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee and with Ohio Governor John Kasich. He appeared on WOSU Radio, a National Public Radio station, and met with the editorial board from The Columbus Dispatch. Small groups of faculty and students, including members of the Korean Student Association and the Korean International Student Organization, as well as members of the Korean-American Society of Central Ohio, also had the opportunity to interact with Ambassador Han during his visit.

    Ambassador Han delivered a lecture, “Korea and the United States in the 21st Century,” to an audience of more than 200 faculty, students and community members in the Grand Lounge of the Faculty Club. The event was co-sponsored by the East Asian Studies Center, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, the Department of History and the Department of Political Science.
  • Former President of Mexico Ernesto ZedilloErnesto Zedillo, who served as the President of Mexico from 1994 – 2000, visited Ohio State on May 2, 2012. He gave a presentation titled: "Weak Governance:
 Globalization’s Achilles Heel," to a group of 80 faculty, staff and students at the Thompson Library. Zedillo is currently the director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization and a professor of International Economics and Politics at Yale University. In this talk, he discussed how weak or ineffective governance impacts globalization efforts.

    Zedillo is a global strategist and an expert in globalization and emerging markets in Central and South America. He has advised numerous organizations and has been a leading voice on globalization, especially its impact on relations between developed and developing nations.

    Zedillo's lecture was co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, The Ohio State University Libraries and the Columbus Council on World Affairs.
  • A delegation from Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz Queiroz of the University of São Paulo in Brazil visited Ohio State on June 6 and 7, 2012. Dean José Vicente Caixeta and Vice Dean and Head of International Relations Marisa Regitano d’Arce, both of the College of Agriculture, visited with many Ohio State units, departments and colleges to discuss collaboration between the universities. The delegation also signed a new student exchange agreement with the Fisher College of Business.
  • Gerald Monela, the vice chancellor of Sokoine University of Agriculture in Morogoro, Tanzania, visited Ohio State’s College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences on both the Columbus and Wooster campuses on June 5 - 7. While at Ohio State, Monela held discussions with President E. Gordon Gee, Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs William Brustein, Dean of the Graduate School Pat Osmer and former Dean of the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Bobby Moser, as well as Steve Slack, director of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and Mark Erbaugh, director of the Office of International Programs in Agriculture.

    The Sokoine University of Agriculture has long been an important partner of the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, most recently on the college’s Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI). This $24 million initiative, centered around graduate degree training and agricultural research, is funded by the United States Agency for International Development, and is led by Ohio State professor David Kraybill. As part of the cooperative program, students employed by Sokoine and the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives will begin graduate studies on the Ohio State campus this autumn.
  • 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 researchconnections 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

Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship recipientsThe 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, area studies 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.

During the 2011-12 academic year, International Affairs distributed more than $2.4 million in grants and scholarships to students and faculty. The awards were given to further research projects, fund student participation in study abroad programs, support K-12 education and faculty professional development opportunities as well as area studies – all with an international theme.

About half of the awards were for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships granted through the Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Slavic and East European Studies, the East Asian Studies Centers and the Middle East Studies Center. Funding for the FLAS is provided through the U.S. Department of Education. The centers awarded 85 recipients $1,232,223 in grants to further students’ area studies and/or improve critical foreign language skills.

Additional highlights:

  • Supported international students and scholars ($47,800)
  • Awarded international affairs scholarships and grants to support faculty and graduate student research ($78,804)
  • Distributed funds to students and faculty whose study abroad programs, projects or interests focused on the Gateway countries – China, India, Brazil – and/or regions of the world ($59,720)
  • Provided scholarships to students studying abroad ($108,500)
  • Awarded Mershon Center endowed grants to support graduate student and faculty research and study abroad programs ($395,411)
  • Supported teaching, research, language and area studies ($1,733,488)

International Affairs grants

The Office of International Affairs has awarded 20 grants to students and faculty members as part of the 2011 grant competition. Totaling $78,804 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. Six faculty members have been awarded grants totaling $23,762, and 14 student recipients have been chosen to receive grants totaling $55,042.

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 as well as related regions of the world.

  • Successful research projects included those active collaborations that were currently aligned with Ohio State’s three Discovery Themes: Food Production, Supply and Safety; Health and Wellness; and Energy and the Environment. Seven grants ranging from $4,800 to $10,000 were awarded during the Spring 2012 competition.

Wolfe study abroad scholarships

The Office of International Affairs recognized 2011-2012 recipients of the Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship. The 33 undergraduate students each were awarded a $2,500 scholarship to help fund their individual and long-term study abroad programs. The Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship is the cornerstone of Ohio State’s study abroad programs, and more than 250 students have received the scholarship over the past 13 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 College of Social Work, Department of History, Department of Geography, Department of Comparative Studies, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, and one staff member from the Office of Academic Affairs, were awarded Fulbright fellowships. The fellowships took them to Mexico, Israel, Germany and Austria. Recipients are selected by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, which administers the program for the U.S. Department of State.

Two faculty members from the College of Education and Human Ecology and the Department of English were honored with the Fulbright Specialist award. The fellowships took them to Russia and Germany.

Special Events

The Office of International Affairs supports programming and facilitates cultural exchange for international students and scholars, study abroad students and the campus community.

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 again hosted its annual International Welcome Party 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 2011 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 1,900 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. The exhibition recognized the research of 41 scholars, hailing from many parts of the world including, Turkey, Ecuador, Taiwan, Italy, India, Guatemala, China and Ethiopia.

International Photography Exhibition

"Build for Faith"The 2012 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 31 Ohio State students, staff, faculty and visiting scholars who came from seven different countries.

Photographs in the exhibition were submitted in three categories — People, Places and Transportation — and featured photographs taken in 17 countries, including eight in China, seven in India and three each taken in Canada and Germany. Additional countries represented in the photographs in the exhibition include: Burundi, England, France, Italy, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, Spain, Thailand and Zimbabwe. More than 100 members of the campus community submitted 232 photographs across the three categories.

One overall Best of Show was selected and awards were given in all three categories for first, second and third place. Additionally, 31 photos were awarded honorable mention recognition. Organized by the Office of International Affairs, the international photography competition and exhibition has taken place for more than 10 years. The images can be viewed at International Photography Competition.

Thanksgiving Dinner

The Office of International Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion collaborated to provide Thanksgiving Dinner to 2,000 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. Thanksgiving Dinner is an Ohio State Signature Event.

Taste of OSU

Habesha Student Organization, Taste of OSUThe 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 once again prepared and served foods with an international flavor characteristic of their home countries, and shared their cultures with the campus community through music and dance on a main stage in the Great Hall.

Over 4,000 guests attended Taste of OSU this year, which was held in rooms throughout the Ohio Union. Taste of OSU is an Ohio State Signature Event.