Outreach Objectives & Actions
1.20 Using the unique international resources of a major research university, act as Missouri’s bridge to the world — bringing international experts and resources to the state and taking MU’s and Missouri’s intellectual resources out to the world
Recent Actions Taken:
- MU partnered with 600 study abroad programs and had 46 faculty-led study abroad programs.
- 798 undergraduate international students and 1,335 international graduate students.
- MU hosted more than 120 internationally-focused educational, cultural, and business delegations as well as foreign and diplomatic delegations to the University of Missouri during Academic Year 2011-2012; 2010-2011.
- The MU Confucius Institute organized/hosted 12 high-level foreign delegations and 10 events at MU that served more than 3,500 people total. Regionally, the MU Confucius Institute served more than 1,000 people through outreach programs.
- The MU Wind Institute hosted 1 event at MU and other events around the world.
- The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute is a joint research program between MU and Iowa State University, established in 1984 by a grant from the U.S. Congress, to prepare baseline projections for the U.S. agricultural sector and international commodity markets and to develop capability for policy analysis using comprehensive data and computer modeling systems of the world agricultural market.
- MU partners with state-wide organizations, The Missouri Biotechnology Association, and Missouri Department of Economic Development to represent Missouri at international biotech industry intensive events such as BIO, BIO-Japan, and Futurallia.
- Missouri has joined the Southeastern Conference (SEC), which brings increased international prominence to MU.
- Each year MU hosts the International Engagement Awards to recognize the exceptional international efforts and achievements of MU’s faculty, students, and staff.
- College of Arts & Science faculty organized the African Linguistics Workshop, which brought global African linguistics scholars together.
- College of Arts & Science faculty organized the Symposium on the Rwanda Genocide, which brought international genocide scholars together.
- College of Engineering faculty play a key role in reforming Iraq’s educational system and recently secured a $1 million dollar grant from IREX (the International Research and Exchanges Board) to set up a training program for Iraq’s engineering faculty at MU. Partnerships in Iraq directly result in top Iraqi students coming to MU and in increased opportunities for MU faculty in this nation.
- The Graduate Institute for Cooperative Leadership (GICL) is a global, research-based executive education center drawing on recent advances in organizational economics/sociology and management science to develop life cycle organizational models and diagnostic tools for producer-owned firms. GICL’s hallmark programs include an annual week-long Summer Institute featuring a unique mix of research and experiential-based learning for senior management and a biennial Board Chair/CEO Conference focused on unique aspects of governance in the cooperative firm. GICL conducts approximately 15 customized programs each year and has worked in more than 40 countries – including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Germany, India, Kenya, Sweden, UK, Uruguay, New Zealand.
- The Graduate School actively supports international graduate students in numerous ways, which include providing valuable training in the International Teaching Assistant Program. Additionally, international educational opportunities abound through the Preparing Future Faculty Program, the International Development graduate minor, and generous financial support for graduate student academic research conference talks.
- Engagement of faculty and graduate students with multiple universities in Europe, Canada, and US as part of International Comparative Rural Policy Studies consortium, a growing international network of social scientists.
- The Missouri School of Journalism sponsors two Brussels-based programs for the University of Missouri’s undergraduate students, opportunity to explore and report on issues related to the European Union and the transatlantic relationship.
- School of Law faculty member S. I. Strong organized a key international conference at The Hague.
- The School of Medicine houses the International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine and is involved in pivotal international efforts to research illnesses affecting the global population.
- The School of Social Work collaborates with the Schools of Social Work at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the University of the Western Cape (South Africa) to deliver programs for Missouri and South African social work students.
- Chancellor Brady Deaton was appointed by President Obama to chair the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development; the Board provides advice on issues of global food insecurity.
- Vice Provost Handy Williamson serves as President of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development for 2011-2012. The Association fights world hunger by providing advice on international agriculture and rural development.
- Vice Provost Handy Williamson and Dr. Wen Ouyang serve on the Edgar Snow Foundation Board at Peking University (2011-Present).
- Vice Provost Handy Williamson and Dr. Wen Ouyang accompanied Missouri’s governor to China, which resulted in a $4.4 billion dollar trade deal for Missouri, thus increasing Missouri’s international presence.
- MU’s International Memoranda of Understanding Committee, Council on International Initiatives, and Study Abroad Advisory Council, among others, provide key guidance on the strategic direction of MU’s international initiatives, ensuring future opportunities for MU faculty.
- MU maintains approximately 200 International Memoranda of Understanding agreements with top universities in more than 45 countries.
- Partnership with Renmin University (China) to deliver Master’s degrees in Financial Planning to Chinese students via a combination of distance education and residential coursework.
- MU supports cultural programming on KBIA and at MU’s Concert Series, in order to bring cultural enrichment to the MU community.