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International Strategy

International Strategy

Developing an international strategy to strengthen Vanderbilt’s international research, scholarship, and creative expression while raising the global profile of the university as a research institution is the charge of the International Strategy Working Group, which comprises faculty from a wide range of disciplines. Through a faculty-driven process that has involved meetings, feedback forums, an online survey and peer research, the group is working to identify Vanderbilt’s strengths and existing international ties, assess current and best practices of peer institutions, and pinpoint areas of need and opportunity. 

The group recently unveiled the International Strategy Working Group Report . Earlier in the year, the group released the Report's Executive Summary.

Working Group members value the input of the VU community, and you are encouraged to complete and submit the International Strategy Feedback Form

Guiding Principles

Vanderbilt Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente has identified four guiding principles for the development of the university’s global strategy:

  • Building a grassroots foundation through partnerships and continued growth of faculty partnership and collaboration with international colleagues;
  • Leveraging the One Vanderbilt trans-institutional approaches to research, scholarship and teaching to further develop international opportunities;
  • Enhancing student and faculty scholarship through strategic and aligned investments in education and research; and
  • Communicating Vanderbilt’s global impact by re-inventorying existing international efforts and bringing recognition of these efforts through broader communication.

International Strategy Working Group

  • Ted Fischer, co-chair, professor of anthropology, professor of medicine, health and society,  director of the Center for Latin American Studies, College of Arts and Science;
  • Ingrid Wuerth, co-chair, Helen Strong Curry Professor of International Law, Law School;
  • Joy Calico, professor of musicology, Blair School of Music;
  • Roger Colbran, interim chair and professor of molecular physiology and biophysics, School of Medicine
  • Xiu Cravens, associate dean for international affairs, Peabody College;
  • Steven Goodbred, professor of Earth and environmental sciences, College of Arts and Science;
  • Carolyn Heinrich, professor of public policy and education, Peabody College;
  • Debra Jeter, professor of accounting, Owen Graduate School of Management
  • David Kosson, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering, School of Engineering;
  • Jose Medina, professor of philosophy, College of Arts and Science;
  • Moses Ochonu, professor of history, College of Arts and Science;
  • Leong Seow, Distinguished Professor of Hebrew Bible and Vanderbilt, Buffington, Cupples Professor of Divinity, Divinity School; and
  • Muktar Aliyu, associate professor of health policy, School of Medicine.

International Strategy Subcommittee Goals

1. Assessing Peer Institutions
The goal of this subcommittee is to assess peer institutions that have implemented an international strategy well to see if there is something Vanderbilt can learn. 

2. Assessing Current Practices at VU
This group's goal is to assess all of the current initiatives and programs throughout Vanderbilt's schools and colleges to identify which initiatives are being done well, and which initiatives need additional support.

3. Generating Grassroots Recommendations from Faculty
The goal of this group is to solicit feedback from faculty from each of Vanderbilt's schools and colleges to determine what they want from the university, pertaining to international initiatives and activity.

Faculty Advisory Committee on International Education (FACIE)

The Faculty Advisory Committee on International Education (FACIE) focused on research and scholarship related to study abroad. The group also explored synergistic areas of overlap that enhance the student experience at Vanderbilt. This committee worked diligently on developing a definition for immersion that identifies meaningful measures for immersion-appropriate study abroad experiences for all students.