Global Affairs: University-Wide Activities

Mission:

To advance UVA's international research, learning, and outreach to prepare students, the University, and the Commonwealth to thrive in an interconnected world.

The Vice Provost for Global Affairs has created a Global Affairs Committee, which brings together representatives from schools and key units, to help support this mission. The Committee is chaired by the Vice Provost for Global Affairs.

Advancing the University of Virginia's International Teaching, Research, Learning and Outreach in 2012-2013 *

In 2012-2013, President Teresa A. Sullivan and Executive Vice President and Provost John D. Simon gave strong voice to their support of UVA's growth as a leading global university (Respective speeches are here: Sullivan; Simon) Work to create a global studies curricular track was also undertaken. To advance that goal, the provost charged a Global Curriculum Committee whose work focused on ways to create a curricular path to address issues raised by globalization such as climate change, development, pandemics, political and economic crises, and cultural understanding.

To enhance the vibrant student experience by infusing it with global content, the Provost also convened the Global Grounds Committee, which worked this year to foster a culture compatible with a leading global university.

The committee considered ways to enhance the on-Grounds experience by encouraging robust student participation in study and service abroad. It filed three reports with suggestions on how an international perspective can better inform University programs and activities, beginning with tours of Grounds and admissions and continuing through to career services and the alumni experience. This approach is in support of one of the administration's strategic goals to offer "total advising," an approach and process that combines high-quality academic advising, career advising, and coaching that capitalizes on relationships with UVA alumni.

The University also took steps to strengthen its global presence in 2012-2013, most visibly by appointing Justin O'Jack director of UVA's China Office, it's first overseas entity. O'Jack will have additional outreach to Beijing, Hong Kong and other cities in China and have a range of responsibilities, including:

  • Creating new research/educational partnerships and maintaining existing ones;
  • Supporting advancement, admissions and alumni engagement; and
  • Developing internships and contributing to career placement efforts.

The Provost issued a request for proposals for areas of excellence in global research at UVA. The aim of this new program is to encourage multi-disciplinary and multi-school research on global topics where the university has existing or emerging strengths and which can distinguish it on a national and international stage. Funding is intended to encourage strengthening of research activities and coordination/collaboration of research efforts within and across different units. The staged multi-year funding format is aimed at generating a program that can become self-sustaining through outside grants and philanthropy.
As the University constructs an institutional strategy for the years ahead, it will be necessary to present a longer term plan for the next big steps in UVA's growth as a global university – one where international perspective and knowledge is enmeshed in its teaching, learning, research, and outreach activities.

The University of Virginia put new emphasis on global research with the creation of the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, to be directed by history professor Brian Owensby and joined the Clinton Global Initiative University, providing new research opportunities for students.

Activities in the College and Schools

Activities in Centers, Offices and Programs at UVA