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Orientation LeadersThe Ohio State University believes that a global university is one in which international experiences and perspectives are fully integrated into its teaching, research and engagement mission, and that if universities are to prosper, they must be global in orientation, reach and reputation in order to function in our ever-shrinking world. Ohio State is committed to becoming a preeminent global university, and accordingly preparing its students to succeed in the global marketplace as nationally and internationally informed and engaged citizens.

The President’s and Provost’s Council on Strategic Internationalization assessed the university’s globalization progress in 2009 and concluded that, in order to fully internationalize the campus and its community, Ohio State needed to:

  • Increase the percentage of international faculty and students
  • Promote scholarship on major global issues
  • Create international dual degree programs
  • Promote collaboration with alumni and Ohio’s international business ventures
  • Develop an international physical presence
  • Increase international experiences for undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

With approval and support from the Council of Deans and the Ohio State Board of Trustees, Ohio State is working toward achieving comprehensive internationalization across its campuses. Ohio State’s two-pronged approach serves the university both internally and externally: 1) the Global Gateway strategy, which establishes representative offices in strategic locations around the world that map well with Ohio State’s teaching, research and engagement mission; and 2) Internationalization of the academic dimensions, which focus on research enhancement and curriculum content, education abroad, international partnerships, dual degrees and a global option certificate to facilitate international experiences for students in any discipline.

As both a research university and one that is committed to community engagement, Ohio State has a rich history of international connections, but its dedication to internationalizing the university was jumpstarted with the plan designed by the President’s and Provost’s Council on Strategic Internationalization and the hiring of a chief international officer in 2009, William Brustein, vice provost for global strategies and international affairs. He is a member of the Council of Deans and is responsible for fully integrating international experiences to the academic units at Ohio State and expanding and enhancing its global reach.

In the last few years, Ohio State has witnessed a grassroots effort among its 14 colleges to take the university to the next level. No one single program stands out in the university’s efforts toward achieving internationalization rather it is the comprehensive policies, curriculum innovations, research and scholarship and outreach, that are seamless in their implementation throughout a very large and complex land grant public research institution.

Ohio State Honored with 2014 Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization

Ohio State is a recipient of NAFSA's 2014 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, which recognizes institutions for overall excellence in internationalization efforts as evidenced through best practices in engagement, programming, curriculum/faculty development and outreach. Ohio State's countless initiatives and programmatic efforts reach students, faculty and alumni on campus and around the world. NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education. The Simon Award is universally considered the most prestigious award for comprehensive internationalization in the U.S.

Reference Publications

It Takes an Entire Institution – A Blueprint for the Global University

Report of the President and Provost’s Council on Strategic Internationalization