Going Global

"Global Scholarship for Informed Action"
Highlights from the Internationalizing Emory Strategic Planning Task Force Report

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


According to Tom Robertson, faculty director of the Institute for Developing Nations, who chaired this task force, “At one time we thought that internationalization was an initiative. But the more you think about it, the more you realize that international is a part of everything we’re doing. It didn’t seem to make much sense to have international as a separate initiative, in that it underlies everything else and isn’t conceptually rich in and of itself.”

Given that framework, the task force outlined a set of ten-year goals, including

Increasing faculty distinction in global scholarship for informed action, which involves a significant infusion of funds at several levels;

• Preparing engaged scholars in global scholarship for informed action, particularly increasing the percentage of Emory international undergraduates from 5 percent (2005) to 12 percent by 2015, increasing international internships and placements, and establishing international graduate student fellowships and post-docs; and

Promoting global citizenship, outreach and partnership, and strategic alliances overseas, such as increasing international fundraising efforts, establishing advisory boards such as EMEA, and enhancing “Emory’s global brand.”

Further, Robertson says, conversations are ongoing about the implications of internationalizing the undergraduate student body: “We want more international students but subject to a number of constraints. Those students must have the same or higher quality indicators than the present set of students. It mustn’t have major economic consequences in terms of scholarships, and it mustn’t disrupt our minority diversity objectives.” Presently, non-U.S. Emory students are not offered financial aid.

A summary of this report is available at https://www.admin.emory.edu/StrategicPlan/strategicplan.ht