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CWRU wins prestigious award for campus internationalization

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CWRU Ranks #20 in Percentage of Undergraduates Abroad

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For the first time in our history, Case Western Reserve University ranks among the nation’s top 40 doctorate-granting universities in the percentage of its undergraduates studying abroad, according to the “2015 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange”.

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The annual report is published through a partnership between the not-for-profit Institute of International Education (IIE) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. With nearly 45 percent of our undergraduates studying abroad in academic year 2013-14, CWRU tied for the 20th spot with Boston University. This year marks Case Western Reserve University’s first-ever appearance on the list.

“Case Western Reserve’s top-20 national study-abroad ranking is validation – from perhaps the most highly respected international education organization – of the institution’s success in internationalizing our campus,” said David Fleshler, Vice Provost for International Affairs. “This achievement demonstrates a shift in the university’s culture – from one that acknowledged study abroad to one that expects our students to study abroad.”

Increasing the internationalization of the campus was a key priority of CWRU’s 2008 strategic plan, Forward Thinking. Part of implementing that goal involved increasing opportunities for CWRU students to spend time learning in other countries. Since 2010, study abroad participation has more than doubled, from 19 percent to nearly 45 percent in 2013-14.

“This ranking reflects an enormous amount of effort across our entire university,” said Provost and Executive Vice President W.A. “Bud” Baeslack III. “I commend and thank everyone in the Center for International Affairs, led by David Fleshler, as well as all of the faculty, staff, students and alumni who have supported these global initiatives.”

The 2015 Open Doors Report was published as part of International Education Week, an initiative by the U.S. Departments of State and Education to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange.

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Case Western Reserve University to Collaborate with Taipei Medical University on Research and Education Initiatives

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President Barbara R. Snyder and President Yun Yen

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and Taipei Medical University (TMU) formalized a collaborative research and education agreement during an official signing ceremony on June 19th, 2015.  During the ceremony, President Barbara R. Snyder and her TMU counterpart, President Yun Yen, committed to a three-year agreement outlining initiatives to accelerate laboratory discoveries into new treatments and to foster the education of highly skilled scientists and engineers to encourage the next generation of global scientific and engineering leaders.  Pamela B. Davis, Dean, School of Medicine and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, and Jeffrey L. Duerk, Dean, Case School of Engineering, also signed the agreement.  The agreement calls for research collaborations focused on areas of excellence for both organizations: cancer; brain sciences; biomedical engineering, medical device and drug development; and aging and long-term care. 

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As part of the agreement and to further support collaboration between the two institutions, each year TMU will contribute 5 Million New Taiwan Dollars (TWD), approximately $162,000 USD, and CWRU will contribute at least $10,000 per project for up to six projects per year into a new research fund. The CWRU Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) will provide additional administrative oversight by offering its pilot grant program, WebGrants, as a proposal portal that will result in recommended collaborative projects. TMU will identify the best compatible researchers to collaborate on selected projects, with input from a joint Advisory Board appointed by the presidents.

The agreement also envisions opportunities for faculty to work together on projects that involve potential commercialization opportunities. A TMU-CWRU Coordination Office will be established to facilitate and support these collaborations.

This is not the first time Case Western Reserve University and Taipei Medical University have worked collaboratively together. For the last two years, faculty and students have been participating in exchanges and the Case School of Engineering has been working with TMU to develop a dual master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering – which was also formalized during the June 19th signing ceremony. David Fleshler, Associate Provost for International Affairs noted, “This latest agreement builds on an already productive relationship with Taipei Medical University and creates an even deeper, mutually engaging educational and research partnership. As one of the top universities in Taiwan, TMU has a number of disciplines that overlap and compliment areas of strength at Case Western Reserve University.”

Professor Ye Fan Wang Galvin, with faculty appointments at CWRU and TMU, has worked in partnership with both universities to formalize the relationship – a point made by both presidents during the signing of the agreement.

This joint work builds on on-going efforts to internationalize CWRU and we look forward to the next phase and undoubtedly unique discoveries that will result from the combined research and educational cultures.

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Center for International Affairs:
Annual Report 2015

The Center for International Affairs works in close cooperation with departments, schools, the College, and academic and administrative units on campus to cultivate a dynamic international presence. With that, the Center is pleased to present our 2015 Annual Report, underscoring CWRU as perhaps the most international institution in Greater Cleveland.

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Shinichi Inoue

Home country : Taiwan
Majors: Global Master of Business Administration
Graduation Year: January 2016
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