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The International Room at Sterling Library.

The International Room at Sterling Library, Yale University

Recent University Initiatives

The development of new international initiatives continues to be one of Yale's top priorities, as shown by some of the examples on this page.

As the world become increasingly interconnected, there are unprecedented opportunities for collaboration and even more compelling reasons to pursue greater understanding of other cultures and places. Yale's internationalization activities, as expressed by the interests of the deans, directors, and faculty leaders, focus in three areas:

  • Preparing students for leadership and service in an increasingly interdependent world.
  • Attracting the most talented students and scholars to Yale from around the world.
  • Positioning Yale as a global university of consequence, by increasing the scope of its research collaborations, teaching programs, international projects, and public engagement.

Yale Global Health Initiative

The Yale Global Health Initiative, launched in 2009, is an interdisciplinary program that unites the many global health efforts across the Yale campus. Its goals are to foster innovative and cross-disciplinary courses, support faculty and student research, and encourage international partnerships to improve health care.

The Initiative’s flagship program is the Global Health Leadership Institute, which brings public health leaders from around the world for a weeklong training conference to help them explore new ways to improve health care in their own countries.

Yale India Initiative

Yale’s historical ties to India are among the oldest of any Western university, dating back to the seventeenth century. The first university in the Western hemisphere to teach Sanskrit, Yale has continuously taught India’s languages since the 1840s. The Yale India Initiative, launched in 2008, seeks to position Yale as one of the world’s preeminent institutions for the study of and engagement with India and South Asia.

The Initiative expands the University’s engagement with the region by adding faculty, intensifying student recruitment and exchanges, developing research partnerships, and offering leadership education programs such as the India-Yale Parliamentary Leadership Program, which brings distinguished members of India’s Parliament to campus for a program with Yale faculty.

Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

Established in 2009 as a result of a generous gift from John W. ’67 and Susan G. Jackson, the Jackson Institute is responsible for the University’s core teaching programs in international affairs—the undergraduate International Studies major and the master’s program in International Relations.

A resource for the entire University, the Institute recruits and hires new tenure-track faculty and distinguished practitioners who offer courses in contemporary international affairs for all Yale students interested in global affairs. It also provides support for those eager to pursue careers in diplomatic service or with an international agency.

Yale-University College London Alliance

In fall 2009, Yale and University College London and their affliated hospitals formed an alliance to work together on biomedical research and clinical care. Initial efforts focus on joint clinical programs to treat cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease, sudden cardiac death, and chronic total occlusion of the coronary arteries and on searching for genes that cause congenital heart disease.

The program will expand into other areas of basic research, including cancer biology, neuroscience, and women’s health. In addition to exchanging expert physicians to treat individual cases at each site, the partners make use of telemedicine technology to share clinical information and expertise.

Convening Thought Leaders

Yale schools and centers are expanding their role as conveners of thought leaders and policy makers who take advantage of the expertise of Yale faculty and use the neutral, nonpartisan venue of the University to explore some of the most pressing issues of our time. This is not a new role for Yale: more than half a century ago, the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies hosted a special class of Chinese leaders in forestry for a yearlong special degree program and, for the past eleven years, the Law School’s Middle East Legal Studies Seminar has gathered jurists, lawyers, and scholars from that region.

The Yale Center for the Study of Globalization has, since its founding, engaged with multilateral institutions and global organizations such as the High Level Commission on Modernization of World Bank Group Governance, the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, and the Commission on Growth and Development.

Alumni Volunteers Abroad

More than 10,000 Yale graduates currently live outside the United States. Alumni in more than forty cities and in associations like the Yale Arab Alumni Association organize a wide range of events, conferences, and activities that keep alumni connected to one another and allow them to contribute to the University and society. As part of the annual Yale Day of Service, alumni all over the world organize projects to aid their local communities through service in schools, parks, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and volunteer agencies.

The Association of Yale Alumni also offers service tours for alumni and students to spend a week abroad working on humanitarian projects such as the construction of homes in Vallejuelo, Dominican Republic (in photo).

YaleGlobal Online

YaleGlobal Online, the flagship publication of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, is the only university‐based online publication devoted to globalization that reaches a worldwide audience. The magazine explores the implications of the growing interconnectedness of the world by drawing on the rich intellectual resources of the Yale University community, scholars from other universities, and public- and private-sector experts from around the world.

In addition to an average of 40,500 unique visitors per month, the website is made known to several million newspaper readers through reprinted YaleGlobal articles. In cooperation with Fudan University in Shanghai, YaleGlobal Fudan Edition provides the world’s first Chinese language online magazine on globalization.

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