Going Global

Around campus, around the world

Vol. 9 No. 3
December 2006/
January 2007

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Going Global
How in the world is Emory?

Global Scholarship for Informed Action

Around Campus, Around the World

"I think we want Emory people working in global health to have a kind of distinctive, humble, non-arrogant, cooperative ethos."

"Is this an imperialist culture, in which we are getting the Emory name brand out, or is it a genuinely inclusive, reciprocal partnership?"

Swimming with the Turbot
Scholarship for a Global Public

We May Be Using English, But That Doesn’t Mean We’re Speaking the Same Language
Universalizing global knowledge


The Office of International Affairs recently launched a comprehensive “international gateway site” at http://www.international.emory.edu/, which encapsulates most of the university’s international efforts. Below is a sampling of the multitude of international efforts at Emory. Links to the websites of most of these endeavors are available at the above gateway site.

AIDS International Training and Research Program: Funded by the NIH since 1998; a training program for HIV/AIDS researchers who are making contributions to HIV prevention and treatment efforts in their home countries.

Altanta-Tblisi Healthcare Partnership: Collaboration among Emory health sciences and other Atlanta institutions; contributes expertise, personnel, medical literature, and supplies to the Republic of Georgia. Efforts include improving access to biomedical databases, student and faculty exchanges, medical and nursing education curriculum reform, training, research, and primary care.

American Research Center in Egypt: U.S. office of a private nonprofit to support research on Egyptian history and culture, foster broader knowledge about Egypt among the general public, and promote and strengthen American-Egyptian cultural ties.

Center for Global Safe Water: Housed in public health, partners with governmental and private agencies; brings together experts in global health, environmental health, and infectious diseases and serves as umbrella for projects around the world.

Center for Health, Culture, and Society: Housed in public health but serves as a meeting ground for university-wide social and health scientists, humanists, and health professionals; strives for a global perspective that bridges divide between domestic and international health issues.

Center for the Advancement of International Transfusion Safety: Housed in the Transfusion Medicine Program of medical school; brings physicians from Kenya and Tanzania to Emory for six-month stints to study blood transfusion methods.

Center for the Study of Law and Religion: Housed in the law school, with an emphasis on global conversations among the traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Scholars in law, theology, and the social sciences lead large research projects, coordinate smaller side projects, and contribute individual research. Also offers joint degrees, courses, and public events.

Center for the Study of Public Scholarship: Housed within Emory College; hosts a collaborative program that links Emory with higher education, arts, and culture organizations in South Africa through fellowships, internships, workshops, and seminars.

Coordinating Committee for University Internationalization: Convened by vice provost for international affairs; brings together staff directly responsible for welcoming international visitors to campus and for running programs abroad in each school.

Development Studies Working Group: Appointed by Emory College Dean Bobby Paul, a committee of faculty formed to examine how to support and encourage development studies in the college, especially in light of recent development-related initiatives in the university.

Emory Development Institute: Emory College-based program offering students development field experiences and access to professionals in the development arena. Focuses on the promotion of health, citizenship, institution building, and economic development in low-income countries.

Europe, Middle East, and Asia Advisory Board: A mix of chief executives, business professionals, doctors, lawyers, journalists, and diplomats (including alumni) that serves as an international advisory group for the university as it works to raise its international profile.

Feminism and Legal Theory Project: Housed in the law school; an international comparative and interdisciplinary examination of specific law and policy topics of particular interest to women.

Global Environmental Health: Master’s program that is a collaboration between public health’s departments of global health and environmental health, born of the understanding that many of the major determinants of health in poor nations relate to environmental issues.

Global Goizueta: Business school’s Office of International Programs works with students, faculty, and staff to enhance academic and extra-curricular offerings, including an array of international study opportunities.

Global Health Initiative: Outgrowth of the university’s strategic planning theme of “Pathways to Global Health”; an academic center for global health research, service, and scholarship. Aims to nurture new collaborations, supply seed funding, facilitate curricular innovation, and serve as an intellectual breeding ground for new ideas.

Hubert Department of Global Health: A degree-granting department of the Rollins School of Public Health; features the Global Field Experiences. These student-initiated research projects allow students to translate the skills learned in the classroom to real world settings while making contributions to communities around the world.

Institute for Comparative and International Studies: Emory College-based program that unites area studies programs (including African, Asian, East Asian, Middle Eastern and South Asian, Russian and East European, Irish, and Latin American and Caribbean studies, and the Emory-Tibet Partnership). Units include the Center for International Programs Abroad, Emory College Language Center, International Community Connections, and Center for International Living.

Institute for Developing Nations: Partnership between Emory and the Carter Center to bridge the center and the university by supporting those who work to fill the chasm between the world’s richest nations and the poorest. Presently focused on Africa.

International Affairs Council: Convened by vice provost for international affairs, composed of provost-appointed faculty “champions” of international work from each unit and various international programs, centers, institutes, and other endeavors. An advisory committee and key focal point for communication on university-wide international planning, coordination, and implementation.
International Student and Scholar Programs: Housed in campus life division. Oversees development, coordination, and administration of services and programs designed to assist international students and scholars.

Lillian Carter Center for International Nursing: Aims to improve health of vulnerable people worldwide through nursing education, research, practice, and policy. Focuses on international academic exchanges, scholarly partnerships, a forum for exploring issues of the nursing workforce worldwide, and increasing access to training and education. Also houses a dual master’s degree program offered with public health.

Luce Korean Initiative: Supports scholarships to Korean and Korean American theology students, opportunities for theology students to work with Korean communities in Atlanta, and study abroad and internship opportunities in Korea, and enhances English language instruction and support services for Candler’s Korean students.

Office of International Affairs: Emory’s diplomatic front office; handles international public relations, schedules incoming and outgoing VIP delegations, builds relationships with individuals and transnational communities of strategic importance, and publishes international communications. Units include the Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning (faculty development program and venue for visits by international heads of state, policy makers, and public intellectuals) and The Institute of Human Rights (promotes dialogue about rights-based approaches and offers an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in human rights). Also administers the Provost’s University Fund for Internationalization.

Program Against Micronutrient Malnutrition: Based in public health; aims to eliminate vitamin and mineral deficiencies among populations. Works with public-private and civic organizations to apply and sustain proven technologies, knowledge, and information, and advocate for public policy.

Rabbi Donald A. Tam Institute for Jewish Studies: Based in college; brings together scholars and students from different departments and programs to engage in the interdisciplinary exploration of Jewish civilization and culture. Houses the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel.

Vaccine Center: Investigators are searching for vaccines against devastating infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and malaria. The trivalent DNA vaccine has been developed to protect against the three HIV subtypes predominant in North America and Europe, West Africa, and southern Africa and India. The overall goal is to have a vaccine that will be effective for worldwide use.

World Law Institute: Housed in law school; develops programs stressing the common features of legal systems around the world. Offers a twelve-week course at the law school of the Central European University in Budapest. Currently working on world health law, especially women’s healthcare.