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On a personal level, my own experiences also make it very easy for me to identify with the perspective of our many international students at UB. I remember my own days as an international student— and later as a young visiting scholar overseas—very clearly.

IE: In 1980 the University at Buffalo be-

came the first U.S. university to establish an institutional affiliation with a university in China following normalization of relations with that country. How did this distinguish the university as a leader in internationalization?

from each country benefit from this collaboration?
TRIPATHI: We have an excellent working

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TRIPATHI: UB’s early entry into China was a critical first step in the university’s longstanding and extensive engagement with that nation and with Asia generally. That pioneering step led to several other UB “firsts,” including the first comprehensive exchange agreement between a Chinese and a U.S. university (1980), and the first U.S. instructional center in China following normalization (1981). These initiatives helped make UB one of the best known U.S. universities in China. They also made possible the awarding of a contract by the Chinese government and the U.S. Department of Commerce to our School of Management to deliver the first American MBA program in Dalian, China (1984-1989). Our experience in China helped UB compete for other major sponsored programs in Asia, including a $15 million cooperative education program delivered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1986-1991). Ultimately, these programs helped pave the way for our current branch campus in Singapore, where we enroll more than 1,500 students in six UB degree programs. IE: The University of Buffalo has partnered with the Singapore Institute of Management since 1996 to deliver an Executive MBA program, and later in 2004 to offer UB undergraduate degrees in several fields. What has made this collaboration successful? How do students

relationship with our colleagues at SIM, and the success of our EMBA program at SIM—which drew upon our School of Management’s considerable experience delivering programs overseas going back to the Dalian program—in particular helped consolidate that relationship. This laid the groundwork for expanded collaboration eight years later. Working with SIM on a daily basis through our resident UB staff there has strengthened and matured our institutional ties. SIM recognizes the value and quality of our American degree programs and has succeeded in attracting large number of students to our programs, both from Singapore and neighboring countries in Southeast Asia. To cite one interesting statistic, UB now has more communication majors in Singapore than we do in Buffalo! Students in Singapore benefit by being able to earn a highly valued UB degree entirely in Singapore, and at a cost that is less than half what it would cost them to earn the same degrees in Buffalo. They also have the option to study in Buffalo for a semester or two of their program. Buffalo-based UB students likewise have the opportunity to study in our program at SIM for a semester or more, or during the summer.

opportunity that our programs in Singapore represent for UB in terms of internationalizing the institution—our faculty, students, and curricula. Dozens of our faculty benefit by teaching in these programs and enhancing their course curricula through this experience. Our students benefit by having relatively easy way to access the rapidly emerging economic and cultural center that is Asia. Taking UB courses in Singapore provides a rich cross-cultural learning experience and a fruitful exposure to one of the world’s great cities.
IE: Among University at Buffalo’s many international partnerships is one established in 2006 with Amrita University India that offers a joint master’s degree in information technology. I understand that another joint program is planned; can you discuss what the next joint degree will be? Also, recently, UB’s School of Social Work started a joint research center with Amrita University. What are the goals of the center? TRIPATHI: UB and Amrita are currently

IE: As a public research university, has the University at Buffalo ever faced scrutiny for offering degrees in Singapore? Where did the criticism come from? How has this been handled? TRIPATHI: In general, there has been

little criticism as such. Our campus community has recognized the extraordinary

discussing a possible dual master’s degree program in Embedded Systems, which would enroll employees of multinational companies in Bangalore, where embedded systems—computer systems integrated into many parts of our everyday environment— are a major growth industry. Our School of Social Work has been collaborating with Amrita counterparts for more than two years. Together they launched UBARI (UB/Amrita Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute) in 2010 and have jointly organized at Amrita an annual International Conference on Society, Technology, and Sustainable Development. The center seeks to facilitate

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International Educator - March/April 2012
Contents
From the Editors
In Brief
Voices: University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi
Overcoming Chaos
Degrees of Distinction
Macalester College
Foreign Student Affairs
A View from Out Here
In Focus
Language Supplement
The language of Business
Launching Pad: Community College Programs
Intensive English Language Directory
Intensive Foreign Language Directory
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International Educator - March/April 2012 - In Brief
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International Educator - March/April 2012 - A View from Out Here
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International Educator - March/April 2012 - In Focus
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International Educator - March/April 2012 - Language Supplement
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International Educator - March/April 2012 - The language of Business
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International Educator - March/April 2012 - Launching Pad: Community College Programs
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International Educator - March/April 2012 - Intensive English Language Directory
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