Dear Friend of Purdue,
This inaugural year for our Office of Global Affairs established by President Daniels has been a great one! In collaboration with many across Purdue, and our global partners, we have accomplished much, and are happy to share some stories with you here.
The Study Abroad Purdue Move aims to greatly enhance the number of Purdue students who participate in a credit-bearing and programmatically aligned study abroad experience. As a direct result of the financial support we have offered to all students wanting to take advantage of such an experience, we have seen significant growth in the number of students participating in Spring and Summer opportunities. In parallel, many of our departments are working to ensure that students have a clear understanding of how their courses taken overseas will count towards their Purdue requirements. There is great energy on campus around this Purdue Move, supported by our Study Abroad office, and returning students are spreading the word of their personal growth.
Our efforts to recruit a diverse class of the best and brightest from around the world are being helped by the deeper bridges we are building with strategic partner countries. We have significant ongoing efforts to integrate international students and scholars arriving on campus from across the world into the campus and community, through our International Students and Scholars office. Committed staff in International Programs and across all Colleges are designing programs and social events to help our international students and scholars make deeper connections with each other and with students from the United States.
Our efforts in Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru and across the Latin American and Caribbean region were recently highlighted at a reception hosted in Washington DC by the Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States at her residence. I also had the honor to speak about Purdue’s efforts, which were held up as an example to emulate, at a couple of events sponsored by NAFSA, the premier association of international educators, and the 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative of the US State Department.
On the policy-involvement front, we have had a focused effort through the Global Policy Research Institute on providing our students with enriching policy experiences in Washington DC and overseas. Faculty are gathering around global-challenge themes, supported by the Mellon Foundation and other emerging efforts.
Our Strategic Advisory Council has been a great resource for us, and provide great ideas and connections. They give generously of their time, for which we are all deeply grateful.
A fantastic group of students, our Global Ambassadors, are connecting us to the student body, and have been impressive representatives helping us host important guests on campus.
In everything we do, the Office of Global Affairs works closely with a broad range of administrative offices, faculty and staff across all colleges, and most directly with the Global Affairs Academic Committee, whose members act as our direct liaisons with Colleges. All of their efforts are sincerely acknowledged.
Our focused efforts are drawing many of our alumni in the US and overseas into our activities. We look forward to your engagement with our Office and with global affairs at Purdue. Thank you for being a vital part of Global Purdue!
With warm regards,
Suresh V. Garimella
Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships
Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering