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Welcome, international alumni and friends of Ohio University! The Ohio University Alumni Association is pleased with your visit to this website. This site will continue to be developed and offer new details for international collaboration and outreach. 

Stay connected with OHIO alumni worldwide!

The Ohio University Alumni Association has international alumni chapters in several geographical locations around the world. International chapters sponsor programs and events to bring Bobcats together for social gathering, cultural events and fundraising opportunities that support OHIO student scholarships and alumni chapter activities.  

Stay Connected with OHIO!

Ohio University has over 1,800 international students from around the world enrolled and actively participating in various curricular and co-curricular programs. This year, Ohio University is celebrating the highlights of international education during our inaugural international education week. There are much more global OHIO news that we would like to share with you. Please keep us updated on your most recent contact information. To update your information, please click here

Contact Us! 

As part of the Division of University Advancement, the Office of International Relations for Development (IRD) works in support of alumni engagement efforts for global university initiatives across the Ohio University campus.


For more information, contact:

Kelli Kotowski
Executive Director, Gift Planning & Principal Gifts
McGuffey Hall 201
1 Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701
T: 740.597.1819
F: 740.593.1432
kotowskk@ohio.edu

 

 International Featured Story

The Baker University Center Ballroom was buzzing with excitement on Jan. 31 during Ohio University's seventh annual Indonesian Night, which was hosted by The Indonesian Student Union and The Persatuan Mahasiswa Indonesian Amerika Serikat (PERMIAS). The evening began with a jovial narrative called, "When Cepot Came to OU," which introduced the audience to the Indonesian wooden puppet that would become the emcee of the event. The film captured the puppet traveling to Ohio University, studying in Alden Library and ultimately turning in his dissertation to his dean's office. Read More

For students in the College of Business, graduating isn’t as easy as taking a set of courses. Rather, students must fulfill an internship requirement, and for some international students, due to strict visa restrictions, meeting that requirement isn’t always a simple task. That’s where the OHIO International Consulting Program comes in, allowing students to gain business experience while also earning internship credit. Read More

Since moving to Athens in November, Wolfgang Sützl hasn’t left the city — not because he can’t, but because he’s just “tired of traveling.” Sützl, visiting assistant professor in the School of Media Arts and Studies, grew up in Vienna and has done his fair share of traveling internationally. He holds degrees from universities in Austria, Spain and England, speaks three different languages (Spanish, German and English) and has taught in Austria, Spain, Germany, Mexico and Costa Rica. Read More

Qi Qiao Jie in China, Dias dos Namorados in Brazil and Valentine’s Day in America — nearly every country has its own traditions to celebrate love. With this in mind, the Association for Cultural Exchange is hosting a Valentine’s Day party with an international twist. Read More

Dr. Habibah Ashari, the Tun Abdul Razak Chair in Southeast Asian Studies at Ohio University, discusses her tenure at OHIO in this interview with Kelee Riesbeck on WOUB 1340-AM’s “Conversation with Studio B.” The chair position is filled by a senior Malaysian scholar selected by Malaysia’s Ministry of Education in consultation with the Tun Razak Council and OHIO. The position was funded in 1979 by the Malaysian government, Ohio University and 38 corporations. The Tun Abdul Razak Chair—known simply as the Razak Chair—is the first such position established by any American university with support from a foreign government. In December 2011, the position received additional support from Yayasan Sime Darby, a Malaysia-based multinational company. Click the article link to isten to Riesbeck’s interview with Ashari. Read More

Ohio University students can be transported out of icy Ohio and into a Mediterranean paradise Thursday, figuratively speaking, anyway. The Arabic Language Student Association’s event, Arabian Night, will allow students to experience a whole new culture. Read More

Different cultures from around the world took center stage Saturday evening at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium for the culmination of Ohio University’s fourth annual World Music and Dance Festival. The Global Excursions Concert featured different styles of dance and music from countries around the globe. During the event, performers showcased techniques from Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Finland, Ghana, Taiwan, Tobago, Trinidad and the United States. Read More

The Baker University Center Ballroom was buzzing with excitement on Jan. 31 during Ohio University's seventh annual Indonesian Night, which was hosted by The Indonesian Student Union and The Persatuan Mahasiswa Indonesian Amerika Serikat (PERMIAS). The evening began with a jovial narrative called, "When Cepot Came to OU," which introduced the audience to the Indonesian wooden puppet that would become the emcee of the event. The film captured the puppet traveling to Ohio University, studying in Alden Library and ultimately turning in his dissertation to his dean's office. Read More

Ohio University junior forward Maurice Ndour has been named the Lou Henson National Co-Player of the Week along with Alan Williams of UC Santa Barbara. The weekly honor is presented to a mid-major student-athlete by CollegeInsider.com. The media outlet annually presents the Lou Henson Player of the Year Award to the top mid-major player in college basketball. Read More

Just months after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Christopher Thompson – associate professor of Japanese language and culture, and executive director of Japan Relations – organized a group from Ohio University to partner with Iwate Prefecture University (IPU) in relief efforts for northern Japan. Read More

A delegation from Botswana was in Athens this week to meet with multiple Ohio University college representatives in an effort to better establish the school’s partnership with the country. Botswana, a country located in southern Africa, has had a relationship with OU for about 50 years, originating around the same time the university’s African Studies program was created. Read More

While most Ohio University students went home over Winter Break, 19 Scripps College of Communication students studied overseas in Ghana. The trip was organized in part by the Institute for International Journalism and its director Yusuf Kalyango. “Experiences like this trip to Ghana help to prepare students for a complex world so that when issues arise, they are prepared to handle them,” he said. Read More

Ohio University (OU) is now offering Bahasa Malaysia language studies for the first time, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. He said that 14 young American and international students were learning the language. Read More

With well-established universities present on Malaysian soil, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said it was time for American students to regard the Southeast Asian country as a study and research destination. Malaysia, he said, should not be put in the "off the beaten track" category in their study abroad destinations, but listed as a preferred country for this purpose. Read More

American students should regard Malaysia as the preferred destination for study and research. This was because the level of education offered by Malaysian higher learning institutions was good, evidenced by the huge number of international students in the country, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Read More

The University of Ohio can contribute towards efforts to turn Malaysia into a regional hub for higher education by offering certain programmes or courses through strategic relations with more local universities in South-east Asia. Read More

With well-established universities present on Malaysian soil, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said it was time for American students to regard the Southeast Asian country as a study and research destination. Read More

Malaysian graduates from foreign universities are beneficiaries of the country's comprehensive education system, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said yesterday. He said they should draw on the knowledge and skills they have gained to serve the country because they were the country's assets and future. Read More

With well-established universities present on Malaysian soil, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said it was time for American students to regard the Southeast Asian country as a study and research destination. Read More

Ohio University (OU) is now offering Bahasa Malaysia language studies for the first time, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Read More

Malaysia will celebrate its 50th anniversary of strategic partnership with Ohio University with the launch of an outreach programme on Tuesday at the university in Athens, Ohio. Read More

Ohio University is joining colleges, universities and organizations throughout the country and the world in celebrating International Education Week (IEW), Nov. 12-16. Read More

The Athens community has been home for many years to Drs. Ram and Sushila Gawande. Ram, who passed away in August, 2011, was a urologist and Sushila, a pediatrician, moved to Athens in the 1970s and served as an integral part of both the O'Bleness Health System and the city of Athens. Read More

Ohio University's academic reach around the world was extended on Oct. 15 when it entered into a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Beijing International Studies University (BISU) in China. The MOU states that the new partnership is designed to "promote sustainable scholarly activities and international education" in an effort to "ensure that students and faculty at both universities are well prepared for the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly interconnected world." Read More

Several Communication & Development students have participated in WOUB's Global Perspectives series. Each video is comprised of OU students forming a panel to discuss world issues and the conversations surrounding them. These videos are hosted by first year CommDev student, Atish Baidya, which focuses on the crisis in Syria and gun violence in America. The panels for these videos consists of first and second year Comm Dev students and their spouses. Click "Read More" to view the videos. Read More

The African Student Union (ASU) in collaboration with the African Studies Program, the International Student Union (ISU) and other stakeholders organized a vigil to offer support for the victims of the terror attack in Kenya. The vigil was held on Tuesday (09/24/2013) at 7pm at College Green. To view photos from the vigil, click "Read More." Read More

Stephanie Jackson, International Development Studies 1998 alumnus, received a Fulbright International Education Administrator Award (IEA) to the United Kingdom (UK). Jackson is among the initial cohort of twenty U.S. international education and senior-level university administrators that were awarded a grant to the UK. Fulbright Scholars for the IEA Program were evaluated through a peer review process organized through the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, nominated by the U.S.-UK Fulbright Commission, and then approved by the presidentially appointed, Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Read More

Ohio University will celebrate its cultural diversity during International Week from April 14 until April 20. 2013’s International Week will kick off literally on Sunday, April 14, with the final games of the Soccer World Cup tournament hosted by the International Student Union. This annual event promotes friendly competition between soccer players from all around the world. Games will be played between 3 and 9 p.m. on Pruitt Field, at the intersection of S. Shafer St. and Hospital Drive. Read More

Edna Adan and several other well-known scholar-activists in the fields promoting women and children's health across the African continent participated in the "Women and Children's Health in Africa: clinical and social perspectives" last weekend. Adan, who was featured in the recent PBS documentary on women's global health, "Half the Sky," served as the keynote speaker. She is a former first lady of Somalia and also has served as the first minister of foreign affairs, minister of health of the Republic of Somaliland. Read More

The Center for International Studies partnered with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in South Africa in August to hold a two-week workshop for UNICEF staff—the final stage of a six-month course on communication for development (C4D). Course director David Mould, Professor Emeritus of Media Arts and Studies, curriculum director Karen Greiner, Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Studies, and Rudaba Nasir, a second-year student in International Development Studies, traveled to Johannesburg to work with colleagues from the Wits School of Public Health. A total of 57 UNICEF staff from 38 countries attended the workshop. Read More

Ohio University has a new honorary alumnus: the prime minister of Malaysia. Yang Amat Berhormat Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak received an honorary doctor of humane letters Jan. 15 in a ceremony held in conjunction with the 9th Tun Abdul Razak Lecture. Named for the current prime minister’s father, the lecture is a highlight of a unique 32-year partnership between OHIO and the Malaysian government. That partnership also includes the Tun Abdul Razak Chair, an endowed faculty position at Ohio University that works to foster cross-cultural understanding of Malaysia-American perspectives. Read More

On Jan. 15, a team of Ohio University faculty and administrators will gather with alumni and friends in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia, for the ninth Tun Abdul Razak Lecture. Prior to the lecture, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis will confer an honorary degree upon Malaysian Prime Minister Yang Amat Berhormat Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak. Read More

On December 9, the alumni of Ohio University hosted a dinner in conjunction with an official visit by a university delegation to Kuala Lumpur. Approximately 300 former “Bobcats,” or alumni of the university, attended the dinner ceremony. The third largest organization of Ohio University alumni is its Malaysian alumni network. The only larger alumni groups are in Ohio. Read More

On Dec. 8, Ohio University received a $750,000 (RM2.34 million) contribution from Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) to support the Tun Abdul Razak Chair in Southeast Asian Studies. YSD chairman Tun Musa Hitam presented the gift to Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis at a ceremony in Bukit Kiara, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tun Musa is a former deputy prime minister of Malaysia and earned an honorary doctorate from Ohio University in 1980. Read More

Ambassador Paul Jones hosted a morning coffee for a visiting delegation from Ohio University (OU) which included its President, Dr. Roderick McDavis, at the ambassador’s residence on December 8. Read More

Just one year ago, Habibah Ashari was living and working in her home country of Malaysia – a destination she describes as "a tropical paradise." Today, she resides in Athens, Ohio, where she hopes to inspire others to understand and appreciate Malaysia as she does. On Monday, the campus and community celebrated the arrival of Ashari, the 14th scholar and second woman to represent Malaysia in the United States as the Tun Abdul Razak Chair. Read More

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis and the university and surrounding communities gathered Saturday to celebrate the grand opening of the Walter International Education Center (WIEC). Ohio University alumnus and Sigma Chi member Robert D. Walter and his wife, Margaret M. Walter, also an Ohio University graduate, generously provided $2 million through the Walter Family Foundation for this project in partnership with the Sigma Chi Fraternity and the university. Read More