Global Engagement

image of children celebrating and splashing clean water around a well in Kenya

photograph by Joshua Gale, Candler School of Theology

Through transformative research and scholarship, Emory University advances knowledge and provides critical intellectual resources to address our most pressing global challenges. Emory equips a diverse and engaged community of learners to serve and lead in an increasingly interconnected world. The university’s global strategies guide its global engagement and growth.

Atlanta, Emory's home, is the American Southeast's largest city, brimming with energy and diversity. It's composed of more than 100 neighborhoods, each with their own distinct personality, and attracts residents from all over the world. In addition, tens of thousands of refugees have settled in Atlanta in recent decades. Metro Atlanta is one of the top 10 destinations for new refugees in the U.S., making it an increasingly diverse and cosmopolitan community. 

Emory's international student body has more than doubled over the last decade. In the last five years, our international student body has grown by 44%. International students now make up 17% of the Emory College student body. The leading countries of origin for both our students and scholars are China, South Korea, and India, all three of which have been designated geographic focal points in Emory’s global strategies, along with Brazil and Ethiopia.

Heat map of students' countries of origin

Heat map of countries of origin

A sampling of Emory's global initiatives

ProjectPurpose
Brazil InitiativeExemplifying Emory’s country-based approach to strategic global engagement and led by the Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives, the Brazil Initiative has formed ongoing partnerships with Fulbright Brasil to bring senior Brazilian scholars to Emory for a semester of teaching and research and with FAPESP, the São Paulo Research Foundation, to support collaborative faculty research projects. Existing collaborations cover topics ranging from Zika to epigenic interventions in intergenerational trauma to utilizing geographic information systems in historical research.
Center for AIDS ResearchCFAR connects HIV/AIDS researchers within and across scientific fields, and provides critical resources like funding, consultations, research support services, training, and access to shared equipment and space.
Center for Global Safe WASHThe Center for Global Safe WASH enables organizations and communities to provide safe, effective, and sustainable drinking water and effective and sustainable sanitation and hygiene improvements.
Claus M. Halle Institute for Global LearningThe Halle Institute brings distinguished policymakers and intellectuals from around the world to engage in meaningful conversations with students and faculty. It also administers the academic arm of Emory’s country initiatives named in the global strategies.
Emory-Tibet Science InitiativeFounded in 2007 as an outgrowth of the Emory-Tibet Partnership, ETSI provides Tibetan monastic students with a basic background in the philosophy of science, physics, biology, and neuroscience. The program also brings Emory faculty and students to Dharamsala, India each year.
Emory Vaccine CenterWith labs in Atlanta and New Delhi, EVC is an epicenter of academic research and development of vaccines for both chronic and infectious diseases. With over 250 faculty and staff, it's the largest and most comprehensive academic vaccine research center in the world.
Farm Worker Family Health ProgramFor 20 years, nursing students in the Farm Worker Family Health Program have provided health care to migrant farm workers and their families in South Georgia.
Emory Global Health InstituteThe EGHI helps improve health around the world by supporting Emory faculty and students engaged in global health research, scholarship, service, and training.
Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social ResponsibilityNamed after President Carter's mother, the Lillian Carter Center improves the health of vulnerable people worldwide through nursing education, research, practice, and policy. Each year, the Center brings nursing students to the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, and Jamaica for a variety of projects related to maternity care, HIV/AIDS, and mental health, among others.
Master's in Development PracticeEmory's unique Master's in Development Practice program partners with Atlanta-based CARE, The Carter Center, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as others, to give students invaluable exposure to how development practitioners operate in the real world.
Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia PartnershipMaNHEP's community-oriented model for improving maternal and newborn health has dramatically reduced mortality rates in rural Ethiopia, where nearly all births take place at home.
The Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives (GSI)GSI coordinates implementation of Emory’s global strategies, leads Emory’s country initiatives in Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, and South Korea, and functions as an incubator for projects that increase Emory’s global impact. GSI forges connections abroad, identifies and cultivates strategic partners, and creates the conditions for Emory’s success.
Partnership with The Carter CenterIn partnership with Emory, The Carter Center seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.
Queensland Emory Development (QED) AllianceQED is a partnership among Emory, the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, and the University of Queensland in Australia that accelerates the development of new drugs and vaccines for cancer and infectious diseases.
Social Enterprise @ GoizuetaSE@G applies business acumen and market-based solutions to achieve meaningful, enduring social impacts. Working across the spectrum of for-profit, nonprofit and hybrid organizations, faculty and students have conducted fieldwork here in Atlanta and in Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Honduras.

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