In an effort to increase internationalization at Northwestern University, International Program Development works with faculty from all departments and with partners overseas. Good examples of this collaboration are our new programs on the environment in China and political economy in Brazil, which were created in close cooperation with Northwestern faculty. Furthermore, the success of future IPD programs is dependant on faculty support. For faculty interested in developing an international program, IPD is available to assist in planning and coordination. IPD also draws on faculty from various departments, including Philosophy, History, Anthropology, and Medicine to teach courses on behalf of our successful Global Health Studies program.
Additionally, IPD can assist faculty with international agreements and in establishing partnerships with institutions abroad. Recently, IPD facilitated agreements with Pusan National University, Dalian University of Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University on behalf of Prof. Sridhar Krishnaswamy from Mechanical Engineering for a National Science Foundation PIRE-ISHM project.
In addition to working with faculty on campus, IPD hosts faculty from our partner institutions abroad. For instance, we have arranged for Amanda Gouws, Professor of Political Science at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and Prof. Bruno Palier from Sciences Po in Paris to teach courses on Gender Studies, Political Science and Global Health. Both will return to teach in the future. We have also recently made arrangements for Pumlani Sibula, a Xhosa language instructor from Stellenbosch, to teach language and culture to our South Africa bound students.
IPD also provides a wide-range of funding sources for faculty interested in international programming. Recently, NIH awarded our office with funding to support faculty travel, curriculum development, and research in global health and related fields. In conjunction with the President’s Office, the Medical School and WCAS, the NIH funding will be matched and available for faculty use as well. For more information, please contact our office.