International Educator - May/June 2012 - 93
c a M P U S P R O F I l E indiana university–purdue university indianapolis (iupui)
Choosing Partners Carefully for an Urban Research University
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sity Indianapolis (IUPUI) recalls its 1969 birth as an institution combining the Indiana University School of Medicine and allied schools with the extension branch of the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology and sister components. There are twin faculties under a common dean, separate course numbering systems, and separate IU or Purdue diplomas depending on which school a student attends. Notwithstanding the vestiges of split identity, IUPUI has grown into an urban research university with 30,000 students and a distinctive emphasis on international education. “Comprehensive programs of internationalization come neither easily nor naturally to institutions like IUPUI,” said former Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs Susan Buck Sutton. Its internationalization has “defied the odds not by replicating the historical modes of international education found elsewhere but by thinking through what new forms of internationalization might fit the new kind of institution.” For IUPUI, said William Plater, retired Susan Buck Sutton, former associate executive vice chancellor and dean, internationaliza- vice chancellor for international aﬀairs, looked for strategic partners for the urban tion became “a way to unite the campus.” university.
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