Ellie Bothwell | February 22, 2017
“We don’t have the luxury – because we’re located in South Bend – to have people stop by while they come to the United States.”
Michael E. Pippenger, the University of Notre Dame’s newly appointed vice-president and associate provost for internationalisation, is explaining one of the reasons why the institution, which is based in America’s Midwest, works so hard at internationalisation.
“The assumption is that great scholarship happens in very elite cities along seaboards. So it’s not that people don’t want to work with us, they may just not know about us in a global context,” he said.
“One of the reasons that Notre Dame is so interested in internationalising is that we have an outstanding reputation within the US, and we’re very keen to get that word out into the wider global education community.”
The university has certainly implemented an aggressive internationalisation strategy.
It has five “Global Gateways” – in Beijing, Dublin, Jerusalem, London and Rome – which provide intellectual hubs for academics, students and leaders from universities, government and businesses. The gateways host academic programmes and summer internships for undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as conferences and events.
Almost two-thirds (64 per cent) of students at the private university study abroad for at least one semester or for a summer programme during their degree – one of the highest rates in the US.