Fall Update 2019
Fall update from Hilary E. Kahn, Associate Vice Chancellor of International Affairs
Dear Friends of OIA,
Since becoming the Associate Vice Chancellor of International Affairs at IUPUI on September 1, every day I am in awe of IUPUI’s solid foundation for international initiatives. I am thoroughly enjoying the many conversations that I am having with a wide range of colleagues, and I am learning so much. I am also very proud of the superb OIA staff, all who are instrumental in furthering the international reach of our campus. Fortunately, there are many recent achievements, far too many to list here, that demonstrate that we are well on our way to making IUPUI an even more global and inclusive campus.
For example, last year study abroad reached record participation, with 640 students studying abroad and 64 programs led by IUPUI faculty. Nine percent of the 2019 graduating class studied abroad! Also, in 2018-19, IUPUI awarded 579 degrees to international students, a record number, and our international scholar population grew by 9.5%, to another record of 728! This year, international enrollment in doctoral programs is up 10%, with a record number of 40 international students receiving PhD degrees. All international students and scholars are important to sustaining the vibrant global ethos and diversity on campus, and we thank them for making IUPUI home.
I am also thrilled that we are completing the work on IUPUI’s Global Learning Outcomes, which are instrumental in assuring that all IUPUI students graduate with at least one significant international experience. Since I arrived, we have had various delegations from around the world and I am delighted to travel in November to visit an important partner, Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, with Chancellor Paydar and the deans from Engineering and Technology, Liberal Arts, and Science. Some of us will continue to Beijing afterwards to pursue new opportunities for IUPUI and its students, staff, and faculty to engage the world.
The Office of International Affairs aims to advance internationalization at IUPUI in as many forms as possible and to be a critical resource for the entire campus. Whether you are a student, faculty, or staff, or whether you seek assistance with international admissions, global teaching and learning, study abroad, international student and scholar services, partnerships, or global research collaborations, we are here to serve you. It is an absolute honor to be working with you and the OIA team to assure that the people and practices of IUPUI are global, inclusive, and of superior quality, and that IUPUI continues to have profound impact within Indiana and beyond.
Hilary E. Kahn