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 recent trip has been captured in blog posts, photos, and video.
In late March and early April 2016, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie led a university delegation to Thailand. During the week-long trip, McRobbie and his fellow delegation members helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Institute of Development Administration, Thailand’s leading educational institution concentrating on graduate studies in fields related to national development. They met with government officials, educational and business leaders, and prominent IU Thai alumni in an effort to strengthen one of the university’s oldest official international relationships, dating back nearly seven decades. McRobbie attended a special reception for M.R. Disnadda Diskul, IU alumnus and secretary general of the Mae Fah Luang Foundation, a Thai non-profit organization focused on improving the health, livelihood and education of the country's underprivileged. During the reception, McRobbie presented Diskul with IU's Thomas Hart Benton Medallion, which is given to individuals who have achieved a level of distinction in public office or service and have exemplified the values of IU. Read more about the delegation’s trip »
In November 2015, IU President Michael A. McRobbie led an Indiana University delegation to Berlin, Germany for a five-day trip to attend the formal inauguration of the new IU Europe Gateway office and to meet with officials to renew and create new academic and research partnerships. The gateway is IU’s third facility for international faculty, student and alumni activities, following the launch of similar offices in New Delhi and Beijing. The delegation also worked to increase the visibility and impact of Indiana University’s international programs across the continent. President McRobbie renewed a half-century-old agreement of friendship and cooperation between IU and one of Germany’s finest educational institutions, Freie Universität (Free University Berlin). The IU delegation also held constructive meetings to explore potential student and faculty exchanges and other collaborative activities with officials at Humboldt University of Berlin and the Universität der Künste Berlin, or Berlin University of the Arts, the largest art and music school in Europe with whom IU will soon sign a further agreement of friendship and cooperation. Read more about the delegation’s trip »
China and South Korea
In March 2015, an Indiana University delegation, led by IU President Michael A. McRobbie, traveled for a week-long trip to China and Korea to continue the university’s strategic engagement with key regions of the world. During the trip, delegation members were present for the Asian debut of the IU Chamber Orchestra; meet with IU alumni; spent time with Hoosiers serving in the U.S. military and attended meetings in Beijing and Seoul with key leaders in the arts, business and education to discuss potential opportunities for student and faculty exchanges. Read more about the delegation’s trip »
Saudi Arabia and India
In late October 2014, Indiana University achieved several new international engagement milestones in India and Saudi Arabia, two nations where the university’s ties are among its deepest. The IU Goes to Saudi Arabia and India blog includes a collection of materials pertaining to IU’s historic activities in each country, as well additional information about IU’s international resources and the university’s numerous connections to South Asia and the Middle East. Read more about the IU delegation’s trip »
In September 2014, President McRobbie led a university delegation on a weeklong trip to Turkey. The trip included meetings with key leaders in business, education, and government, as well as with IU’s Turkish alumni, to further IU’s strategic focus on key international locations important to the university’s long-term mission of generating more academic and research opportunities overseas for IU students and faculty. Read more about the IU delegation’s trip to Turkey »
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 »