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Building on Ohio State's International Connections

The Ohio State University is committed to becoming a preeminent global university – one that prepares its students and faculty to participate actively in knowledge-based collaborations around the world. As one of America's best public universities, we strive to build a foundation that will integrate international dimensions with every facet of the institution, to pursue international partnerships and to collaborate on the solution of local and global issues based on Ohio State's expertise. To solidify Ohio State's commitment to enhancing its global interactions, the university is pursuing opening offices – Global Gateways – in key parts of the world.

Ohio State opened Gateway office locations in Shanghai, China (February 2010), Mumbai, India (2012) and São Paulo, Brazil (September 2014). The locations for the Gateways capitalize on the strengths of Ohio State's connections across the globe and provide the university with a myriad of opportunities, including operational support for faculty research/teaching and international partnerships, a portal for study abroad, a location for international student recruitment, a center for academic programming as well as executive and corporate training, a location for alumni gatherings and a new way to partner with Ohio-based companies operating in global markets.

Ohio State's involvement in China, India and Brazil is robust with student, faculty and alumni involvement. Global Gateways signify one initiative of several identified by the President's and Provost's Council on Strategic Internationalization in which developing an international physical presence is among the priorities.


While the Office of International Affairs helps facilitate the development and growth of the Global Gateways, each of the Gateways are managed by a smaller team located both in Ohio and abroad. These leaders identify the best ways possible to achieve the goals established for the Gateways. They also ensure that the Global Gateways as a whole are operating within Ohio State's Global University strategies.

Donald Hempson III 8798Donald Hempson is the interim executive director of the Global Gateways and the director of International Initiatives for the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. As an experienced director of international operations, he provides organizational leadership and strategic planning for a myriad of international initiatives. Hempson has published research-driven studies examining the influence of business-state relations on foreign investment in critical East European industries and the political ramifications U.S. foreign policy on business strategies in transitioning overseas markets. He has been invited to speak to audiences throughout the United States, as well as in Poland, Japan and China, on such diverse topics as globalizing an engineering curriculum, industrial tourism, EU politics and cultural discourse, trans-Atlantic diplomatic and security initiatives, European political developments and the foreign direct investment of U.S. businesses in Central and Eastern Europe. Hempson holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a master’s degree with distinction from DePaul University and a PhD from The Ohio State University.


Ashley BehrendtAshley Behrendt serves as operations manager for the Global Gateways. She is responsible for fiscal management for the offices in China, India and Brazil and federal grants totaling $1.5 million. She received a bachelor's degree in communication studies from the College of Wooster.





Ryan GodfreyRyan Godfrey serves as office associate for the Global Gateways. He is the primary point of contact for a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders to initiate and coordinate high-volume procurement, travel arrangements and payment of goods and services. He received his dual bachelor’s degrees in political science and international studies from Wright State University and has studied international relations and diplomacy at the American Graduate School in Paris through a dual degree master’s program with Arcadia University.




Learn more about Global Gateways

To further elaborate Ohio State's strategies for internationalization, former Vice Provost William Brustein and Maureen Miller, director of communications for the Office of International Affairs, co-authored "Using Global Gateway Offices as a Model for Expanding International Partnerships." The chapter appeared in the Institute for International Education's 2011 publication, Developing Strategic International Partnerships: Models for Initiating and Sustaining Innovative Institutional Linkages, and expands upon the benefits of Ohio State's Global Gateways, illustrating how the initiative has opened doors around the world.