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Jeffrey W. Legro

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P.O. Box 400308
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Charlottesville, VA 22904-4308

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434-924-6865
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434-982-2920
Email:
legro@virginia.edu

Mission:

To advance U.Va's international research, learning, and outreach to prepare students, the University, and the Commonwealth to thrive in an interconnected world.

The Vice Provost for Global Affairs has created a Global Affairs Committee, which brings together representatives from schools and key units, to help support this mission. The Committee is chaired by the Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Jeffrey W. Legro.

Advancing the University of Virginia's International Teaching, Research, Learning and Outreach in 2012-2013 *

University-Wide Activities


In 2012-2013, President Teresa A. Sullivan and Executive Vice President and Provost John D. Simon gave strong voice to their support of U.Va.'s growth as a leading global university (Respective speeches are here: http://bit.ly/16F3tYh; http://bit.ly/14Clw3J). Work to create a global studies curricular track was also undertaken. To advance that goal, the provost charged a Global Curriculum Committee whose work focused on ways to create a curricular path to address issues raised by globalization such as climate change, development, pandemics, political and economic crises, and cultural understanding.

To enhance the vibrant student experience by infusing it with global content, the Provost also convened the Global Grounds Committee, which worked this year to foster a culture compatible with a leading global university.

The committee considered ways to enhance the on-Grounds experience by encouraging robust student participation in study and service abroad. It filed three reports (NOTE: will link to page that will be will be created soon) with suggestions on how an international perspective can better inform University programs and activities, beginning with tours of Grounds and admissions and continuing through to career services and the alumni experience. This approach is in support of one of the administration's strategic goals to offer "total advising," an approach and process that combines high-quality academic advising, career advising, and coaching that capitalizes on relationships with U.Va. alumni.

The University also took steps to strengthen its global presence in 2012-2013, most visibly by appointing Justin O'Jack director of U.Va.'s China Office, it's first overseas entity. O'Jack will have additional outreach to Beijing, Hong Kong and other cities in China and have a range of responsibilities, including:
• Creating new research/educational partnerships and maintaining existing ones;
• Supporting advancement, admissions and alumni engagement; and
• Developing internships and contributing to career placement efforts.

The Provost issued a request for proposals for areas of excellence in global research at U.Va. The aim of this new program is to encourage multi-disciplinary and multi-school research on global topics where the university has existing or emerging strengths and which can distinguish it on a national and international stage. Funding is intended to encourage strengthening of research activities and coordination/collaboration of research efforts within and across different units. The staged multi-year funding format is aimed at generating a program that can become self-sustaining through outside grants and philanthropy.
As the University constructs an institutional strategy for the years ahead, it will be necessary to present a longer term plan for the next big steps in U.Va's growth as a global university – one where international perspective and knowledge is enmeshed in its teaching, learning, research, and outreach activities.

The University of Virginia put new emphasis on global research with the creation of the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, to be directed by history professor Brian Owensby and joined the Clinton Global Initiative University, providing new research opportunities for students.

Activities in the College and Schools


The School of Architecture
The School of Architecture continued to enrich its current study abroad programs and created new opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, offering new summer programs in India, Ghana, Europe, and China, with a new, semester-long program in Venice, starting Fall 2014. International internships have been initiated with several NGO's and architecture firms in China, India, and the Mediterranean.


• INDIA
Created new India Initiative teaching and research program co-directed by Profs. Phoebe Crisman and Peter Waldman. The integrated student program of study (12 total credits) includes a spring interdisciplinary research seminar (3 credits) and summer study abroad component with a design studio (6 credits) and international research seminar (3 credits).

Held the inaugural School in the World Symposium in 9/2012 that focused on the first year of the India Initiative research. Two guest scholars and two architects practicing in India, along with a multi-disciplinary panel of eight India experts from across grounds, participated in several session with students and faculty. Three exhibits accompanied the symposium. The event was sponsored by the School's Global Cultures + the Constructed Environment research group.

• CHINA
Hosted a 20th Anniversary Celebration for the U.Va. Architecture in China Program during President Sullivan's Beijing visit in Summer 2012.

The A school continues to deepen research and teaching initiatives with institutional partners at Peking University and Nanjing University, as well as with alumni in China.
The Upcoming Memory Palace exhibit and symposium in September is based on the U.Va. Architecture in China Program, with student research led by Professors Yunsheng Huang and Shiquio Li.


• VENICE
The A school is launching a new, semester-long study abroad program in Venice in Fall 2013. This program will build on the school's strengths and long history in the Veneto region of Italy, as well as faculty expertise in the Mediterranean.

• International Internships
The School has initiated several international internships with the following NGO's and architecture firms in our three strategic regions (China, India and the Mediterranean):
 Centro Internazionale di Studi Andrea Palladio, Vicenza
 Turenscape, Shanghai
 Hilton Worldwide, Shanghai
 AECOM Asia, Hong Kong
 Vir.Mueller Architects, Delhi

College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
The College undertook a significant curricular initiative in study abroad programs with the inaugural offering of the Jefferson Global Seminars. The principal innovations are to; offer U.Va. courses taught by faculty from Charlottesville in partnership with peer institutions; teach courses of common and global interest; provide support for participating students; develop courses and opportunities with other schools, especially the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

The College and Graduate School also invested in improved opportunities to train new scholars overseas, providing foreign study fellowships to help doctoral students make the initial contacts and research connections so that they can pursue this work more effectively later in their training. These seed grants will also help these students become much more competitive applicants for outside research support.

In addition, the College inaugurated new graduate exchange program in China with Peking University and extended our program with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

McIntire School of Commerce
The commerce school continued to evolve the Global Commerce Immersion program, involving travel during j-term, spring break, and late May. Destinations for the spring 2013 "GIE Abroad" trips, which accommodated 92 students, were Europe (Stockholm, Berlin, Krakow, Barcelona, London), Southeast Asia (Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City), and the new destination of Latin America (Panama, Lima, Cusco, Santiago, Buenos Aires). The former China destination was reconfigured this year to become the East Asia track (Tokyo, Kyoto, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong). McIntire anticipates adding Ecuador, Brazil, and Malaysia this year. Hybrid courses including classroom time on Grounds as well as travel, and on-site consultancy-based courses have been developed. M.S. in Commerce students spent three months studying the Foundations of Global Commerce, one month in a regionally-focused seminar, and then a final month travelling. Close collaboration with a number of leading global companies has assisted in placing three students in internships abroad with Bank of America, Merrill Lynch; Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.; and Deloitte & Touche.


School of Continuing and Professional Studies
The School of Continuing and Professional Studies in partnership with the International Studies Office and the Center for American English and Culture (CAELC) hosted a fall and spring, eleven week, Bilingual Visiting Faculty Program for faculty from Chinese universities in Jiangsu province. There were 93, 59 in the fall and 34 in the spring, faculty members participating in the program represented a range of disciplines including Computer Science, Chinese Literature, Economics, History and Medicine (both western and traditional Chinese.) While at the University, the groups participated in classes on Classroom Communication offered by the Center for American English Language and Culture; participated in a lecture series on best teaching practices at the University of Virginia developed by faculty at U.Va; observed U.Va. professors and their varied teaching styles; and participated in a range of activities and tours including visits to local schools, lecture series', research presentations and more. A truly interdisciplinary effort, the program has involved faculty from nine of the eleven schools at the University. The program also provided an opportunity for approximately 45 undergraduate students, employed part-time by CAELC, to work with the visiting faculty in a classroom setting. These students gained experience in teaching English as a Second Language and provided opportunities for cultural exchange.
Several short-term professional development programs for Chinese professionals were offered at U.Va.'s Northern Virginia Academic Center in Falls Church, including programs for Chinese officials administering arts and cultural programs and education administrators.


Darden School of Business

The Darden School offered a range of curricular opportunities to learn abroad, both longer and short-term engagements in 19 countries through exchange engagements, global business experiences, and global field electives. The global field electives were a pilot that allowed for sustained engagement with an international business issue and client organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises in combination with a short-term engagement on the ground in-country. During the fall semester, students studied on exchange at partner schools in France, India, Italy, and Hong Kong. During the spring semester students studied on exchange at partner schools in China, India, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
During the fall semester, students worked on global field electives with clients in Tunisia and Zambia.

In March, Center for Global Initiatives (CGI) students and alumni went to Brazil, Nicaragua, Nigeria, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, and Turkey, through four global business experiences and three global field electives.

In May, CGI students and an alum went to Argentina, Israel, and Sweden through three global business experiences.

Curry School of Education
During the past year, Curry again organized the Ghent (Belgium) - Nijmegen (the Netherlands) 6-week study abroad program for undergraduate speech pathology students, and in cooperation with the University College Ghent and Radboud University, developed companion online materials for these courses. For the first time, Curry will offer a 3-week Acoustic Phonetics study abroad U.Va. course in Ghent. Work is underway to create an exchange of faculty and students with Korea University in the area of teacher preparation and evaluation. Curry continued to offer the courses, "Culture, Environment and Education in South Africa," and "Ethics, Protocols and Practices of International Research (January Term). The latter has enrolled approximately 180 students, with nearly 75 international faculty/lecturers participating from around the world, including 55 Engineering students, Curry doctoral students, and international visitors from Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, Brazil, Tibet, and Nepal.

Curry faculty and graduate students worked with the International Studies Office to present pre-departure workshops for a number of U.Va. study abroad and undergraduate research experiences on topics from culturally-responsive research, working from charity to social justice, in preparation for study abroad.

The school supported dissertation and master's thesis research. Faculty and students co-authored and presented numerous articles on study abroad learning outcomes and the impact of international research on undergraduate students.

Curry faculty and graduate students have mentored several Jefferson Public Citizens grants (South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Cameroon) and supervised numerous undergraduate research projects throughout Africa.

Curry students conducted dissertation and project-based research in and across Africa. This research has been presented at conferences and working group meetings with the following organizations: United Nations Working Group on Human Rights, the Right to Education Project, the Brookings Institution, the World Bank, Education International, various African Education Ministries, the British Commonwealth Working Group on Teachers and Teaching in South Africa, the World Congress for Comparative Educators, AERA, and the Comparative and International Education Society meetings.

Curry offers a study abroad/internship semester for students in the Elementary Education program at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. Curry students do their practice teaching in diverse classrooms in the United Kingdom under supervision of instructors from both institutions.

School of Engineering and Applied Science
The School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) is developing a Dual German/Engineering Degree Program that has been approved by the Department of German Language and Literature, with approvals pending in SEAS. The school submitted a proposal for the Engineering & Community Engagement Program, pending internal approvals before submission to the Provost's office for approval. SEAS continued to offer Spanish for Engineers Courses and used distance learning technology to continue a bi-cultural classroom in collaboration with the Technical University of Dortmund. The school maintains an internship exchange program with Shibaura Institute of Technology-U.Va. Research Internship Exchange Program. It created two other exchange internship programs with Hautes-Etudes d'Ingenieur, located in Lille, France, and with Polo Universitario Cittá di Prato, in Prato, Italy. Regarding internships with global NGO's corporations or lead universities in strategic (or other) geographic regions, SEAS has conceived of the Shibaura Institute of Technology-U.Va. Research Internship Exchange Program. one to two undergraduate engineering students from each university partner (U.Va and SIT, Tokyo) conduct a semester-length, research internship at the partner institution. Partners agree to provide faculty supervision and mentorship (in English) and to the extent possible, identify research projects aligned with the stated interests of the program participants. SIT and U.Va/SEAS have exchanged two student research internships per year for two years.

Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
The Batten School's international initiatives include a short course on Conflict Resolution in Ireland, and its new Batten at Oxford program on Law and Public Policy: Great Britain, Europe, and the US. It is currently placing 24 interns in positions with international focus. A delegation from Batten and the Curry School of Education traveled to Asia this summer in pursuit of relationships with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and schools in Macau to increase international curriculum, demanded by Batten students.
Relevant 2013 summer internship data for MPP students:
• Number of eligible students: 53
• Number of internships: 51
• Percent of MPP students with internships: 96% (expected 100% by June 15)
• Internships with recurring/established partners: 28
• Internships with international focus: 24
• Internships in private sector: 8
• Internships in government/quasi-government sector: 23
• Internships in NGO sector: 20

School of Law
The school continued its exchange relationships with Auckland University, Bucerius (Hamburg), Instituto de Empresa (Madrid), Melbourne University, Sciences Po, Seoul National University, Sydney University, Tel Aviv University, and Waseda University (Tokyo).

School of Medicine
Ongoing programs in the school include the development of international residency tracks in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, and Surgery; development of sustained international sites for education, research, and service training for students, residents, fellows and faculty in South Africa, Uganda, Ghana, Semester at Sea/Asia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Rwanda, and Tanzania; and the standardization of academic content for all international programs, and international sites for study, research, and service. Development of MOU's with international universities where research collaboration as a priority—Rwanda, Dalian University in China, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Guatemala.

School of Nursing
The school has robust exchange programs with the University of Auckland, the University of Queensland, and partners in Denmark. Activities range from globalizing the curriculum to establishing new contracts with an NGO in Malawi for the Family nurse practitioner and RN-BSN. Nursing increased its offerings to include Asia, and has initiated or is developing contracts with Prince of Songkla University (PSU) in Thailand and Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea.

Activities in Centers, Offices and Programs at U.Va.

The Center for Global Health
Areas of major activity at the Center for Global Health (CGH) included internationalizing the curriculum through the Pavilion Seminar Series, which focused on global (including local) water use, issues, and health and wellness interactions. CGH expanded the Global Health Leadership Track Course, a case-based seminar for residents of internal, family, pediatrics, and surgery. It developed a global health elective orientation for all 4th year medical students planning an elective abroad and coordinated interest meetings in Global Health Electives for the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, developed for Ghana, Guatemala, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania. New teaching modules were created using and award for a post-doctoral fellowship program in South Africa.
CGH improved the international content of the U.Va. experience by developing mentored summer research projects, hosting the annual Student Research Symposium, and initiating the Scholar Orientation in collaboration with the International Studies Office's CORE seminar program, which prepares students for global experiences. CGH hosted the annual International CGH Symposium, the Global Health Case Competition, the Ivuka Art Studio/Art Reception, an address by the Deputy Administrator of the Bureau for Global Health at USAID. CGH also scheduled visitors from Guatemala, Rwanda, and Uganda in for the coming school year and continued its close collaboration with the University of Venda.
The Center enhanced U.Va.'s reputation and relationships abroad by; expanding the Water and Health in Limpopo Project; targeting support for key CGH sites in South Africa, Rwanda, Guatemala, and Uganda; supporting student presentations/participation at national global health conferences; and grant application submissions to This Minority Health International Research Training Grant and The Global Infectious Disease Research Training Grant.
CGH's program to increase and coordinate the flow of ideas and information throughout the University community both on Grounds and in the world beyond includes; a website redesign and launch; the establishment of prospective budgeting and scheduling processes; participation in the Pavilion Seminars; support of visiting scholars from priority sites; coordination with the VPGA on communication strategies; further development of the WHIL Innovations Fellowship Program; and creation of the CGH Student Advisory Board.

The Center for International Studies
This year the Center for International Studies (CIS) organized public lectures (Lorry Fenner from the Conflict Records Research Center of the National Defense University to attract researchers and offer internship opportunities); launched the First Annual CIS Refugee Film Festival in collaboration with the Charlottesville International Rescue Committee; organized and provided funding for the conference "Development in Crisis: New Findings, New Directions" in association with the American Sociological Association; and sponsored "Whatever Happened to the Arab Spring," a teach-in, with U.Va. faculty, outside experts, and international panelist. CIS continued its Spring Seminar Series, with U.Va. faculty with the topic of Economic and Social Development. It provided grant funding for faculty research, conferences, symposia, international collaborations, and graduate research; and lead negotiations for a Batten School summer program at Oxford. The center is transitioning to the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation and a call for nominations for the founding director was issued.

Morven Programs and the Presidential Precinct
Emerging leaders from 35 nations convened at Morven for two days in December to discuss the challenges they face; the ingredients they needed to create a civil society; and how higher education might be of assistance.
In the months following, Morven programs and the newly-created Presidential Precinct have attempted to continue the conversation about civil society by; hosting emerging leaders from Arab Spring nations; working with leaders from the Community of Democracy to reinvent the role and mission of multi-national organizations; and assisting scholars from around the world who met at Morven to draft a response to a UN resolution on democracy education.
Take aways include the knowledge that new nations often lack an organized civil society from which to build a freely-elected government; that the 'bad guys' are well-organized, well-funded and have time on their side; new regimes won't be able to succeed without economic stability; and Western leaders understand the enormous opportunity but confess they are poorly-equipped to assist newly-formed nations whose freedom was often secured through social media.
In formulating a response to the need to articulate the future role of U.Va. in the world, the University is investigating the role Morven and the Presidential Precinct might play. Does the nation need, or the University contemplate, a destination for critical thinking about 18th-century values of democracy, civil society, and rule of law and their application to the most complex issues of 21st century? Could U.Va. and the Presidential Precinct support programs that involve faculty and students directly in real-world experimentation while furnishing emerging leaders with useful information and analysis on a timely basis?
As we consider the foundation and building blocks for the future, several pieces could potentially factor into the decision-making: increasing the residential capacity; recruiting Presidential Scholars and Fellows residing at Morven to teach on Grounds; opening to potential domestic and international customers for their programming; expanding virtual connectivity; and identifying funding partners.
University Career Services
Among the CAVLink internship listings, 28 (1%) of the 2,190 were international opportunities.

University Internship Program
The Dublin internship program is a University-run program for summer internships in Dublin. In 2012, 13 students from the College of Arts and Sciences participated, 4 from SEAS, and 2 from the Curry School.


*This overview is not intended to be a comprehensive catalog of all of the global activities at the University.