Collaboration and Innovation: An International Perspective

Innovation and collaboration are international, as well as local, priorities for IUPUI.  In 2005, we began a campus-wide effort to develop a select, strategic set of international partnerships.  These relationships go far beyond occasional exchanges of faculty and students; they engage hundreds of faculty and administrators across disciplines in long-term teaching, research, and civic engagement efforts.  They emphasize transformation over transaction and collaboration over exchange, advancing internationalization at both IUPUI and its partner institutions and creating important community-wide linkages.  These efforts were recognized in the past year by the 2011 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, which cited IUPUI's campus-wide strategic partnership model, as well as in 2009 by the Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Partnerships

IUPUI's strategic partners include Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya; Sun Yat Sen University (SYSU) in Guangzhou, China; and the Autonomous University of the State of Hidalgo (UAEH) in Pachuca, Mexico.  Some of our recent work with these and other international partners is described here.

  • In another initiative with SYSU, the Center on Philanthropy in the School of Liberal Arts partnered with SYSU to develop China's first major center for the study of philanthropy, modeled on IUPUI's center.  The SYSU center will be critical to understanding and sustaining the emergence of philanthropy and civic society in China.  The ongoing partnership will include faculty and student exchanges, collaborative research, and development of SYSU curricula.
  • A new RISE course created by the School of Nursing engaged undergraduate and graduate nursing students from IUPUI and UAEH in collaboratively designing and implementing a healthy eating program in Pachuca, Mexico.  The course met a community health nursing practicum requirement for the undergraduates and a research requirement for the graduate students.
  • The School of Law established a Joint Center for Asian Law Studies in partnership with Renmin University of China School of Law in Beijing, the number one ranked law school in China. 
    A three-day Sino-U.S. Conference on Real Estate Law launched the new collaboration, which will include faculty exchanges and student-to-student forums via videoconferencing.  The Joint Center expands an already twelve-year-old relationship between the two law schools.
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