Indiana University has a long history of international institutional engagement, in the form of exchanges and partnerships with international peer institutions. Indiana University now has more than 200 such partnerships, and they can be found on every continent and in nearly every part of the world. Such relationships are vitally important to our research and education missions. They support faculty research, provide venues for study abroad programs, and are of great advantage in our faculty and student recruitment efforts.
President Michael A. McRobbie has led IU delegations on trips to Africa, southeast Asia, South America, and India to increase academic and research opportunities for the university's students and faculty and to strengthen global partnerships. Each trip has been captured in blog posts, photos, and video.
In May 2014, President McRobbie led a university delegation on a two-week trip to China, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. The trip furthered IU’s strategic focus on key international locations that are important to the university’s long-term mission of global engagement that generates increased academic and research opportunities for IU students and faculty. Central to the trip was the opening of IU’s new China Gateway Office in Beijing, the university’s second overseas gateway facility. Read more about the IU delegation’s trip to Asia »
In August 2013, IU President McRobbie led a university delegation on a two-week trip to Africa—the first trip to Africa by a sitting IU president in more than two decades. Central to the trip was a series of meetings with the AMPATH program, a historic academic-medical partnership among a consortium of U.S. educational institutions and the Moi University School of Medicine in Eldoret, Kenya. Read more about the IU delegation’s trip to Africa »
In May 2012, President McRobbie and Vice President for International Affairs David Zaret visited universities in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore, nations that are home to more than 5,000 IU alumni. The trip resulted in strengthening of existing connections as well as new academic partnerships. Read more about the IU delegation’s trip to Southeast Asia »
In November 2012, President McRobbie and Vice President for International Affairs David Zaret traveled to South America to meet with leading university officials in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. The trip, the first to these countries by a sitting IU president in nearly four decades, resulted in new study abroad opportunities for IU students and collaborative research possibilities for IU faculty. Read more about the IU delegation’s trip to South America »
In August 2011, President McRobbie and other IU staff visited India to meet with leading university officials, business executives, political leaders, and alumni. The visit, the first to India by a sitting IU president in at least four decades, resulted in new academic and business partnerships. Read more about the IU delegation’s trip to India »
In March 2011, a group of 18 professors and staff from Indiana University joined state business executives and journalists on an eight-day trip to southeast China. This trip represented the second in a series of conferences conducted with IU’s strategic partner, Zhejiang University. Read more about the IU delegation’s trip to China »