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Enhance Drexel's Global Impact

Global Initiative Students

Fundación Pachamama, Ecuador

Operation Crossroads Africa, Ghana

Global Initiative Students

Ben-Gurion University, Israel

Siemens, Germany

Our greatest challenges today—such as urban sustainability, energy, water conservation, and public health—are global, requiring comprehensive solutions, novel research, and new collaborations. Drexel's ecosystem of global partnerships and programs will focus on carefully selected countries and international institutions to facilitate productive, mutually beneficial opportunities. Driven by faculty, alumni, and institutional connections, Drexel will partner with a series of distinguished universities and research institutes in countries including China, Israel, and Turkey, with long-term plans to include India, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and select countries in Africa. Drexel University will:

  • Transform into an international hub of excellence by preparing citizens of the world who are conversant with the broad array of global opportunities and challenges. Develop courses that compare and contrast different cultures and foster cultural competencies. Offer intensive language study and encourage students to develop proficiency.
  • Grow global experiential learning by building our exchange partnerships, dramatically increasing global co-operative education experiences, and expanding opportunities for international engagement.
  • Develop global platforms for innovation in research and education, establishing partnerships, centers, and networks with selected universities, research institutions, technology parks, and industries, based on our areas of faculty expertise. Leverage support from public and private partners, such as our key collaborations with Hebrew University, with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and through our dual doctoral program that focuses on translational research with Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
  • Facilitate faculty collaborations in global knowledge creation and problem solving through a variety of initiatives, encouraging faculty to develop and cultivate international networks of colleagues to advance their research programs, and inviting preeminent international faculty to work on Drexel's campuses.
Global Initiative Signing Ceremony

Drexel under the leadership of President John Fry has created and strengthened partnerships with top universities and research centers in both Israel and China.

The Joint Drexel-Hebrew University Institute for Drug Research Hub

Researchers from both universities partner in translational biomedical engineering and science to identify discoveries likely to produce significant innovations in health care and move these discoveries from bench to marketplace. Hebrew University's experience in translating laboratory findings to patents and products has helped characterize Israel as a "Start-up Nation."

The Joint Drexel-SARI Center at the Chinese Academy of Sciences

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is the premier academic and research institution in China. The Shanghai Advanced Research Institute (SARI) is a comprehensive nonprofit research organization established by CAS and the Shanghai municipal government to coordinate a far-reaching, visionary group of strategies for technological innovation. The Drexel-SARI Center allows for research collaborations and educational partnerships with SARI and CAS, access to the latest technology and innovation in China, and a presence in Shanghai for co-op positions, symposia, and executive training for scientists and engineers managing and marketing their innovations.