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A Conversation with Renu Khator, Ph.D., Chancellor, University of Houston System, and President, University of Houston
By Leena Soman Renu Khator, Chancellor, University of Houston System, and President, University of Houston
president, she is the chief executive officer of the largest and oldest of the four UH System universities. Dr. Khator earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Kanpur, and received her master’s and Ph.D. in political science from Purdue University. She was recently appointed to the Indian Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council, and serves on several advisory boards, including the American Council on Education and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Of course, we also have to recognize that we are now in global competition for limited academic talent—and I remain committed to keeping America’s higher education system as the best in the world. IIENetworker: What types of partnerships does the University of Houston participate in and what do you look for in partner institutions? UH has a variety of partnerships, encompassing academic affiliation, faculty and student exchange, entrepreneurial support, cultural enterprise, and mutual research projects. The most rewarding partnerships are those that are bilateral in nature, mutually beneficial, and promote the missions of both institutions. In evaluating potential partnerships, UH will look to such factors as fit (complementary size and academic strength), standing (appropriately accredited), capacity (adequate facilities), integrity (ethical and accurate representation), culture (academic climate, governance), and matching strengths (accomplished academic and research programs that parallel UH’s own).
RENU KHATOR ASSUMED her position as the chancellor of the University of Houston System and president of UH in January 2008. She is the UH System’s first woman chancellor and the first Indian immigrant to head a comprehensive research university in the United States. As chancellor of the four-university UH System, Dr. Khator oversees an organization that serves more than 66,000 students, has a budget that exceeds $1.3 billion, and has a $3.5 billion-plus economic impact on the Greater Houston area each year. As UH
IIENetworker: How do you define a global institution or system? A truly global institution is one that not only embraces the concept on a philosophical level, but also implements it as a practical matter. Do you have a robust group of international students at your university? Do you support study abroad? Do you recruit international faculty? And, perhaps most importantly, do you foster international partnerships? Some of the
most serious challenges we face today are global in nature and, by extension, so are the opportunities and solutions. Higher education institutions around the world are eager to establish serious partnerships with us. With such potential partnerships come exciting opportunities to draw on mutual resources and confront these global challenges together. The truly global institution recognizes that such relationships are no longer just generally beneficial but indispensable.
University of Houston study abroad students in China.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Network - Spring 2012
A Message from Allan E. Goodman
2012 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education
IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series: Renu Khator, University of Houston
Overcoming “Publish or Perish”: Fostering Faculty Engagement in Internationalization through Tenure Codes and Other Employment Policies
Engaging Science Faculty in Internationalization: Teaching Innovations at UW-Madison
Early-College Study Abroad: A Gateway for Faculty Engagement in Internationalization
Promoting Engagement in Curriculum Internationalization
The International Network of Universities (INU): The Consortium for Global Citizenship
Ten Elements of Faculty Involvement in Global Engagement
Building an Interculturally Competent Faculty
A Shrinking World with Expanding Visions: Faculty as Key Players in Internationalization
China’s Policies on Overseas Faculty Recruitment
Overcoming the “American Bubble”: The Norwegian Partnership Programme (PPNA) for Collaboration in Higher Education with North America
IIE Program Profi le: Fulbright Visiting Scholar Occasional Lecturer Fund
IIE Network - Spring 2012