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Office of International Affairs hosts the Big Ten Academic Alliance Fourth Annual Summit on Integration

The Big Ten Academic Alliance is a union of Big Ten universities that fosters cooperation across state lines and tackles mutual challenges they experience.

On April 6 - 7, the Office of International Affairs (OIA) represented Ohio State in hosting administrators from 12 of the member universities in the Fourth Annual Summit on Integration.

The alliance is composed of The Ohio State University, University of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Northwestern University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, Rutgers University and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The summit’s mission is to engage in and explore ideas around the engagement and integration of students, which in recent years, has become a top priority for universities in the Big Ten Academic Alliance. The sessions planned showcased four years of best practices, models and collaborative research performed by the invited institutions.

“The summit shows the great sense of community we have across the Big Ten,” said program manager Megan McCarthy. “It isn’t about rivalries but supporting each other by coming together with those who are in similar roles to ours, which allows us to grow, explore what is working at other universities, and share the amazing things we are doing here at Ohio State.”

OIA’s Global Engagement team planned and led the conference. They also contributed to the discussion by sharing opportunities they provide for international and domestic students that help facilitate growing relationships through social, cultural and educational activities.

“This is an important summit because there is no other gathering where we can talk so specifically about the mission we are tasked with and exchange practical ideas and best practices for integration programming,” said program coordinator, Renée Bishai. “Though each institution is unique in its own way, we truly feel we are among friends and peers, which makes the conversations so fruitful and challenges us to continually improve year after year.”

Next year’s summit will be hosted by the University of Michigan. For more information on global engagement at Ohio State visit our website or follow our Facebook page.