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Enhance Drexel's Global Impact: Progress

July 1, 2013 Update

Global engagement at Drexel is growing exponentially as each new contact or initiative creates its own network of connections. The advances in building a global Drexel that were made this year will continue to expand in the future.

New Partnerships in New Nations

Drexel is strengthening partnerships in Israel, Turkey and China; President Fry and colleagues made Drexel’s first trip to Brazil and Chile with the Governor’s Trade and Jobs Mission this spring; and the University continues to support productive relationships in other parts of the world. In the ongoing conversations with partners, Drexel also encourages them to think about a future home in the Innovation Neighborhood.

China

Drexel continued to build its relationship with Shanghai Jiao Tong University by linking Ph.D. students and joint research teams in biomedical engineering, developing research collaborations with the Chinese CDC and creating a joint summer graduate program in Urban Public Policy. At the Drexel-SARI Center at the Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, planning began for a joint conference on bio-nano science and technology, and research links were expanded with SARI’s Low Carbon Conversion Institute and Smart City Research Initiative. And Drexel represented the education sector on Mayor Nutter’s recent visit to Philadelphia’s sister city in China, Tianjin, where Drexel signed an agreement for collaboration in education and research with Nankai University.

Israel

Drexel supports eight joint translational research projects through the Drexel-Hebrew University Research Hub, and is exploring a new model of collaboration including the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Expanding partnerships include Ben Gurion University, where two new Stein Family Fellowships were established, and several successful collaborations with Technion.

Turkey

Drexel’s research and exchange areas in Turkey have grown to include conflict resolution, international organization, law and society, cultural studies, psychology and molecular biology. LeBow College of Business is working with partner Koc University for an MBA residency in Istanbul, and the new Close School of Entrepreneurship is planning a capstone experience in entrepreneurship at Sabanci University for 2014.

Global Classrooms

The University is funding six “global classrooms,” each linking a course electronically to a classroom at an international partner. Eventually, all students should experience at least one global classroom during their time at Drexel.

Global Co-op

The Steinbright Career Development Center worked to expand global co-op opportunities by hiring an international co-op coordinator and creating an international website that connects students to more than 600,000 internship and job listings within the United States and around the world. Drexel students logged in to the website more than 11,000 times in its first three months, indicating strong interest in international co-op experiences.

Global Student Advisory Board

A diverse board now provides student input and feedback as global Drexel develops. In addition to providing a leadership opportunity for our students, the board links them to student leaders at our partner universities.

Tracking of Faculty Abroad

In addition to Drexel’s on-line tracking system for students traveling abroad, the University has developed a system for faculty to register their travel connected to Drexel. This will facilitate contact with faculty who might be affected by natural disasters or violent conflicts, and also allow the University to collect more data on faculty engagement abroad.