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International Opportunities Think Tank

International Opportunities Think Tank

Original charge from Provost Sayrs:

The challenges faced by our incoming and continuing international students continue to weigh heavily on our minds, even as we recognize why now, more than ever, the need for learning, research, and dialogue across borders is of critical value in every area of the world. In recognition of the changing and growing need for educational collaboration, I am charging the International Opportunities Think Tank to explore, project, and make recommendations for the future of international teaching, learning, research, recruitment, and student support services.

The goals of this group were to bring together all units that serve international students and to make recommendations about to how to globalize our curriculum and research/creativity, and to determine better structures, processes, and practices to build on our considerable strengths and avoid duplication. Recommendations were provided in March 2021.

View International Opportunities Think Tank Document (OHIO login required) [PDF]

Areas for exploration included: 

  • OHIO Global Partnerships: Identifying, strengthening and fostering existing and potential global partners in research and teaching  

  • Globalizing the OHIO Curriculum: Globalizing the curriculum through virtual projects, experiential learning, and interdisciplinary collaboration to address new General Education needs 

  • OHIO Research on Global Topics: Connecting various OHIO faculty working on global topics and connecting these research agendas with our students' needs and experience 

  • International Student Recruitment and Advancement: Leveraging existing international relationship for recruitment, tap in alumni to help with recruiting & tapping into our international alumni networks 

  • OHIO International Student and Faculty Support: Strengthening OHIO legal, social, and cultural resources 

  • OHIO International Student Academic Support: Strengthening OHIO academic, advising, and career resources 

  • International Awards and Fellowships: Finding opportunities for faculty and students and supporting applications 

Members of the International Opportunities Think Tank

  • Purba Das, co-chair, Regional Higher Education, University International Council
  • Donal Skinner, co-chair, Dean of the Honors Tutorial College
  • Rachida Aissaoui, College of Business
  • Patrick Barr-Melej, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for International Studies
  • Kaia Boyers, student
  • Diane Cahill, International Student and Scholar Services, Global Affairs
  • Rob Callahan, Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Geoffrey Dabelko, George Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Service
  • Elizabeth Fallon, University College
  • Daniel Harper, College of Fine Arts
  • Ji-Yeung Jang, Global Affairs
  • Beth Kaufman, Legal Affairs
  • Brand Kendhammer, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for International Studies
  • Caroline Kingori, College of Health Sciences & Professions
  • Gerard Krzic, Ohio Program of Intensive English
  • Matthew LeRiche, Center for International Studies, Global Leadership Center
  • Jie-Li Li, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Catherine Marshall, Office of Global Opportunities
  • Debra McBride, College of Health Sciences & Professions, Global Health Initiative
  • Faustina Mensah, student
  • Bhaven Naik, Russ College of Engineering
  • Yegan Pillay, Patton College of Education
  • Nagesh Rao, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Andrew Ray, Graduate College
  • Nukhet Sandal, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for International Studies
  • Hayasa Tahmazyan, student
  • Edna Wangui, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for International Studies
  • Majed Zallaee, student