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. Moving forward, Ohio State is also considering Turkey, sub-Saharan Africa and Europe as future Gateway locations. Global Gateways signify one initiative of several identified by the President's and Provost's Council on Strategic Internationalization in which developing an international physical presence is among the priorities.

Global Strategies


William Brustein

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

Leading Ohio State's globalization efforts is William Brustein, vice provost for global strategies and international affairs. Brustein is responsible for integrating international and multicultural experiences to the academic units within the university and expanding and enhancing its global reach. A well-regarded expert on international education, Brustein received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Connecticut and a master's degree in international studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He earned both master's and PhD degrees in sociology at the University of Washington.

Brustein has redeveloped an essay titled, It takes an Entire Institution: A Blueprint for the Global University, which outlines his vision to further Ohio State's internationalization strategies. The essay was first written in 2009 when he was at the University of Illiinois - Urbana Champaign and appeared in The Handbook of Practice and Research in Study Abroad: Higher Education and the Quest for Global CitzenshipLearn more about Vice Provost Brustein.

Chris CareyChristopher Carey, Director of Global Gateways at Ohio State, leads the operations of the Global Gateway offices in pursuit of the university's research, teaching and engagement goals and promotes collaboration between Ohio State and host country universities, institutions, and businesses. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School in Belgium, he has previous international management experience in the US Army, Morgan Stanley, and the Battelle Memorial Institute. (carey.3@osu.edu)

Ashley Behrendt serves as Business Coordinator for the Global Gateways. She is responsible for providing program coordination and communications support, as well as fiscal management and travel arrangements for Gateway initiatives. She received a bachelor's degree in communication studies from the College of Wooster. (behrendt.16@osu.edu)

Keira Williams is Academic Coordinator for the Global Gateways. She provides program support and her responsibilities include coordinating day-to-day operations and program activities for the Global Gateways, researching and tracking Ohio State collaborations in Gateway regions and building and managing relationships between the Global Gateways and academic units. (williams.2834@osu.edu)


Learn more about Global Gateways

The Chronicle of Higher Education examined universities across the nation connecting to regions around the world by opening liaison – or gateway – offices, geared toward serving a variety of purposes, rather than a single mission. Read more about Ohio State's Gateway offices.

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