The internationalization process at Case Western Reserve University has reached several notable milestones. Most important is the opening of the Center for International Affairs. With two ceremonial launch parties – one for the campus community and one for the campus and Greater Cleveland community – we are doing all we can to make sure that as many people as possible know that the University is and aspires to be an international leader. I encourage you to read the article on this page describing the Center.
We can also report several other firsts for the University. On September 8th we held our first International and Study Abroad Fair – with 28 organizations represented. We have hired our first Director for International Affairs – Molly Watkins. Molly will oversee both the Office of Education Abroad and the Office of International Student Services. Autumn Beechler and Matthew Notarian have been brought on as Study Abroad Advisors – they will work directly with students to assure a successful study abroad experience – before, during and after their time away from campus. Both Molly and our advisors have extensive international and study abroad experience and are already adding a whole new dimension to our activities.
We anticipate reaching several further milestones this fall. We will have the first meeting of the University’s International Affairs Visiting Committee. This distinguished group of corporate executives, entrepreneurs, attorneys, foundation heads and other leaders from around the world will help the University design its long-term international strategy. We will also continue meetings of our Global Strategy Working Group, which is also working to provide a policy road-map for our global operations. Finally, the ,draft Plan for Internationalization will be considered by the Faculty Senate, and then go to the International Planning Committee for adoption and presentation to the Provost. All of these initiatives are designed to establish short- and long-term goals, with attached metrics, which the Center for International Affairs will then implement.
A huge thank-you to all those who have worked so hard to bring us to the point of opening the University’s Center for International Affairs and will continue to work to design our long-term strategy as well as to implement our Plan for Internationalization. I invite you to work with us to enhance the global legacy of Case Western Reserve University.
David Fleshler, J.D.
Associate Provost for International Affairs