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CAMPUS PROFILE 

| Ohio State University  | Columbus, Ohio

But five years ago its president, provost, and faculty decided that
Ohio State was not sufficiently international. They set out to remedy
that in a hurry. Today Ohio State has what it calls Global Gateway
offices in Shanghai, China, Mumbai, India, and São Paulo, Brazil's
largest city, and it's eyeing which continent will be next. International enrollments have rocketed from 4,000 to 6,000, mostly due to
a large influx of Chinese undergraduates, who now comprise twothirds of all 3,600 students the world's largest country sends off to
Columbus. Education abroad enrollments have spiked from 1,716
to 2,255, thanks to a switch from quarters to semesters and the
introduction of May session courses. Deans of the 14 colleges have
embraced the strategy, recognizing internationalization is vital to
their mission, not to mention their job evaluation.
Even colleges deeply engaged for years in overseas research
and partnerships now see new doors opening. Bruce McPheron,
dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, said, "This gateway strategy provides an opportunity not
only to build lasting partnerships with other scholars, but with
the private and public sectors, just like we do here as a land grant
university."
What's taking place, said Vice Provost for Global Strategies and
International Affairs William Brustein, is that internationalization
has become rooted in "the campus community's DNA." Sherri Geldin, director of Ohio State's showcase Wexner Center for the Arts,
which just mounted an exhibition on the work of contemporary
Brazilian artists and filmmakers, observed, "It's nothing we even
have to think about very consciously. It just happens."

Wexner Center for the Arts Director Sherri Geldin mounted a major
exhibition on contemporary art in Brazil.

New Leadership and
Status for International Affairs
Ohio State wooed Brustein from the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign in 2009 by elevating the position of senior international
officer to the rank of vice provost and including him in the Council
of Deans. Brustein also was promised "that he would have the attention of not only the provost, but also the president. Symbolically
that's critical," said Joseph Alutto, provost at the time and later interim president after E. Gordon Gee stepped down in 2013 (it was
the globally minded Gee who set a goal of making Ohio State "the
land grant university to the world").
"This university was punching under its weight when it came to
comprehensive internationalization," said Brustein, who also was
given an office in Bricker Hall on the Oval amidst the rest of the university's leadership. "A lot was going on in the colleges, but in terms
of having signature university programs and an institutional strategy,
those didn't exist." Kelechi Kalu, a professor of African American and
African Studies, was tapped in 2012 for associate provost, overseeing
day-to-day operations of the Office of International Affairs (OIA) in
century-old Oxley Hall.
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INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR N O V + D E C .14

Vice Provost for Global Strategies
and International Affairs William
Brustein

Associate Provost Kelechi Kalu

A President's and Provost's Council on Strategic Internationalization prepared a detailed blueprint for engaging more faculty and
students in global learning, teaching, and research. Undergirding the
strategy were what the council called its six "pillars": recruiting more
international faculty and students, promoting scholarship on global
issues, creating dual-degree programs, developing an international
physical presence, increasing international experiences for students,
and collaborating with alumni and Ohio business ventures.
Ohio State has embarked on a 10-year, $400 million initiative to
hire 500 new, interdisciplinary faculty to pursue breakthroughs on



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