TO:           Executive Vice Presidents, Chancellors Vice Presidents, Vice Chancellors, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors and Heads of Schools, Divisions, Departments and Offices

FROM:     Suresh Garimella, Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships

               Mary Catherine Gaisbauer, Comptroller

DATE:      July 24, 2014

RE:           Purdue International, Inc.

Purdue University is pleased to announce the launch of Purdue International, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that will serve as the flagship entity for Purdue’s global affairs programs.

Purdue International (“PII”) is the result of a recent reorganization of an existing affiliated foundation that has long supported the university’s land-grant mission, and PII will continue in this supporting role with a particular focus on facilitating the university’s international education, research and exchange activities.

When Purdue University has significant operations in a foreign country, Purdue is often required to establish a legal status in that country through an entity or organization that can be recognized under local law.  Common indicators of a significant operation requiring legal status are:

Establishing legal status abroad can be challenging for Purdue itself because it is a governmental organization. In contrast, since PII is a nonprofit corporation, it can complete this process with relatively fewer hurdles. As a result, in countries in which it is helpful or necessary to carry out education, research and exchange activities through a formal legal entity, such as a “non-governmental organization” (or NGO), Purdue International will be able to fill that need. 

We look forward to the many benefits Purdue International is expected to yield as the university’s designated overseas outreach vehicle tasked with helping us advance our educational and research missions on a global scale.

If a Purdue University faculty member seeks to organize or sponsor an international program that will entail significant operations in or with a foreign country, he or she should first discuss the vision for the program with his or her department head and associate dean.  The associate dean will obtain endorsement from the dean and then contact the Office of Comptroller to determine how PII can be used to support the proposed activity in the foreign country.

For more information about Purdue International, please contact the Office of Comptroller at or 765-494-7536.