International Initiatives

The University of Michigan has strong global connections as far back as the 1880s, and U-M continues to seek mutually productive engagement with nations and institutions around the world that enhance education, and advance knowledge and understanding. President Mary Sue Coleman believes that to be relevant in a world that knows no boundaries, higher education must reach far beyond its campus. Students and faculty at the University of Michigan know this perhaps better than anyone else. They are studying and doing research at more than 600 sites worldwide. They look to the university to take advantage of its global connections to expose them to a broad, international perspective. Toward this end, President Coleman has launched several initiatives to strengthen Michigan’s international engagement:

Ghana and South AfricaAfrica
There has never been a greater time for higher education to seek out new knowledge in new communities, because whether we are based in Accra, Kigali, Cape Town or Ann Arbor, we share the language of ideas and the aspirations of knowledge.

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Brazil Brazil
Brazil has seen enormous economic progress in the past 20 years. The government is investing heavily in education and advancing science and technology. Brazilians are also developing innovative ways to move the previously disadvantaged into the middle class.

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ChinaChina
U-M’s ties to China began with President James Angell’s service as minister to the country in the 1880s. Our many new and existing collaborations with Chinese universities build on a strong foundation and a long history.

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China India
President Coleman’s trip to Delhi and Mumbai in 2013 was a natural extension of the strong partnerships U-M has enjoyed in India for many years. The country offers unique opportunities for U-M students to engage in educational experiences that benefit both India and the communities with which they engage.

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