Extending Our Global Reach

Ohio State is a global institution. Our extraordinary faculty, staff and students possess both the intellectual capacity and compassion needed to solve the world’s greatest challenges. We are working towards internationalizing our curriculum, our service and our research and we are inspiring in our students an unquenchable thirst for knowledge about the world around them to prepare them to undertake global tasks.

Expanding international collaborations

Ohio State is broadening its international strategy and encouraging the rise of Global Gateways. These Gateways serve as home bases for the university’s expanding teaching and research collaborations around the world and connect thousands of students and alumni living and working abroad.

Current Gateways:

  • Shanghai, China (2010)
  • Mumbai, India (2012)
  • São Paulo, Brazil (2014)

The university has been strategically engaged in Brazil for more than 50 years. A research partnership between Ohio State and Fundacão Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP) established a $1.4 million funding source to build on existing collaborations and support research and innovation. The partnership encourages researchers at Ohio State and any university in the state of São Paulo to collaborate on studies that can help citizens in both countries and people around the world. In 2013, 24 projects were funded to get new collaborations off the ground. In 2015, 12 awards were made for new projects, and seven awards were made to further existing collaborations.

Advancing health care in the 21st century: One Health Partnership

The Ohio State University-Ethiopia One Health Partnership is training students to address major emerging health threats—cervical cancer, rabies, neonatology and food and environmental quality—in the East Africa region. Ohio State students and faculty members are working with 19 Ethiopian and U.S. institutes to improve health and build capacity in sub-Saharan Africa. The partnership exemplifies Ohio State’s efforts to fully integrate international experiences and perspectives into the university’s teaching, research and engagement mission. Reciprocal adjunct faculty appointments have been created. Workshops and field training have been conducted through the One Health Summer Institute. Students have gained increased opportunities with health science courses developed for iTunes U, just one of which enrolled 6,600 students from 90 countries. And, this is the first time that the university’s seven health sciences colleges have teamed up for an international project of this magnitude.

The program was recognized for excellence with the 2015 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education, given annually by the Institute of International Education to honor “the most outstanding initiatives in higher education” among their 1,400 campuses.

Building food security in Africa

Now more than half way through its six-year, $25.5 million grant, Ohio State University’s Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI) is becoming a prototype for strengthening the capacity of agricultural universities to improve African food security. iAGRI aims to enhance training and collaborative research capacities of Sokoine University of Agriculture and the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, with the goal of improving food security and agricultural productivity in Tanzania. Initiatives include advancing academic training for junior faculty through support of graduate degree training in agriculture; supporting women in agricultural leadership positions; building institutional capacity at Sokoine University in academics, research and outreach; and fostering connections between academics and the private sector. Partners in the Ohio State consortium, led my Mark Erbaugh (international programs in agriculture), include Michigan State University, Iowa State University, Virginia Tech, the University of Florida and Tuskegee University.

Tackling disease in Cameroon

Ohio State researchers from veterinary medicine, geography, anthropology, environmental sciences and public health are using statistics and computer simulations, along with field research, to understand the factors that drive the transmission and persistence of disease among humans and animals in Cameroon in Central Africa. The group, called the Disease Ecology and Computer Modeling Laboratory (DECML), is led by Rebecca Garabed (veterinary preventive medicine). DECML, in collaboration with the National Veterinary Laboratory in Cameroon and Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York, is looking at how movement factors into maintaining the endemic foot-and-mouth disease. The research will help the Cameroon government determine how best to distribute vaccines.