Global Cornell is a community of belonging with a border-crossing spirit of exploration, learning, and shared discovery. Our internationally engaged units foster high-impact international research and collaborations, teach and mentor the next generation of global citizens, and support international experiences and cultural exchange for all Cornellians.
Cornell Faculty Embrace International Collaborations Through Global Hubs Seed Grants
Forty-four Cornell-Hub faculty teams are developing cutting-edge research and teaching with seed awards from Global Cornell. Global Cornell awarded more than $200,000 in 2022, with matching funds from eight Global Hubs partners.
These Joint Research and Education Seed Grants bring faculty from partner institutions together to develop joint projects to strengthen Cornell and Hubs partner universities' strategic priorities and create academic and societal impact. A second call for research proposals is currently open.
A project led by Jenny Goldstein (CALS) with faculty at the National University of Singapore is studying ways seaweed can contribute to climate change mitigation in Indonesia and the world.
Polarization Research in Ecuador Underscores Risks to U.S. Democracy
Research by Kenneth Roberts (A&S) and evidence ripped from headlines worldwide shows that when political parties stoke partisan conflicts, actual democratic capacity may take a hit.
Roberts leads the Global Hubs partnership with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador and the democratic threats and resilience research priority at the Einaudi Center.
Better Digital Tools to Help Immigrants Access Benefits
A constantly changing legal landscape can result in inaccurate information—with potentially serious consequences for immigrants unsure of which sources to trust.
Cornell researchers, including Migrations faculty fellows Gunisha Kaur (Weill Cornell Medicine) and Stephen Yale-Loehr (Cornell Law School), authored a study on U.S. asylum seekers’ informational needs and how to design digital tools to help them access public benefits. The team also developed the Rights for Health website to share accurate information on health and legal benefits available to immigrants, who make up about 14% of the U.S. population.
Migrations: Cornell Faculty Explore a World in Motion
Launched in 2019 as Cornell’s first-ever Global Grand Challenge, Migrations brings together faculty from colleges across Cornell to study how living things—humans, animals, insects, microorganisms, plant life—migrate from place to place on our planet. The Migrations initiative has seeded 38 faculty research teams with approximately $1.9 million in funding.
Planning Cornell's Next Global Grand Challenge
Einaudi Seed Grants Find Fertile Soil
Einaudi Center seed grants helped faculty across Cornell tackle issues ranging from the health of endangered wild dogs to the spread of social media misinformation.
Workshop: Amazonian Aquaculture in Brazil’s Rondônia State
Alexander Flecker (CALS): A workshop that brought together U.S. and Brazilian researchers and government officials led to the creation of a multidisciplinary team exploring environmental and human health implications of fish farming in the Amazon basin.
Global Survey of City Leaders
Victoria A. Beard (AAP): Nearly 250 city leaders completed the Global Survey of City Leaders. Those in poorer countries tended to identify a lack of capital funding and access to core urban infrastructure as their top priorities, while public transportation, affordable housing and worker shortages were most urgent in cities in developed countries.
Fighting for Democracy and the Planet
Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica (2018–22)
“Even if you tend to feel small, good ideas can encourage, have the power to change the world in a positive way.”
Alvarado spoke at the Bartels World Affairs Lecture on how he dealt with challenges to democracy and the environment during his presidency and started Costa Rica on track to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Democracy and Its Opposites
Damon Wilson (National Endowment for Democracy) and Thomas E. Garrett (Community of Democracies)
The Lund Critical Debate examined the threats democracies around the world are confronting, both from external forces and from within—and what governments and citizens can do to fight back.
Can Small States Make a Difference?
Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President of Iceland
Jóhannesson discussed his country’s commitment to peace, diversity, and science-based climate solutions during a sold-out lecture in Klarman Hall, livestreamed to an audience of hundreds. The event was moderated by Peter Katzenstein (A&S).
Laidlaw Scholars Gain Global Perspectives
The Laidlaw Scholars Program, hosted at Cornell by the Einaudi Center, trains early undergraduates in international research and leadership and sends them out into the world for hands-on experiences.
Short-term Programs: Study Abroad Students Taste Cambodian Culture
Seven Cornell students and five students from peer institutions dove deep into the cultural heritage of Cambodia, both past and present, in January as part of the Cornell Winter Program in Cambodia, a two-and-a-half-week intensive study abroad experience facilitated by the Office of Global Learning.
The three-credit course was taught by Magnus Fiskesjö (A&S) and sponsored by the Einaudi Center's Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) in collaboration with the Center for Khmer Studies in Siem Reap.
13 Cornellians Receive Fulbright Awards
Thirteen Cornell students were selected to research and teach English abroad with funding from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. They join the ranks of over 500 Cornellians who have traveled across the globe as Fulbrighters since the 1940s.
Study Abroad at Global Hubs
Study abroad exchange programs are now available at seven Global Hubs locations: Australia, China, Ecuador, Denmark, Mexico, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. These opportunities embed Cornell students at world-class partner universities. Each Hub connects all of Cornell—students, faculty, and international alumni—with one or more universities and their communities, countries, and regions.
Afghan Students Look Toward the Future
As the Taliban seized Kabul, Cornell launched an effort to provide relief. Nine Afghan women arrived at Cornell in December 2021 to continue their education, and all were admitted in 2022 as Cornell undergraduates with full financial aid—thanks to support from generous Cornell donors.
For Afghan Scholar, Cornell is a Step on a Longer Journey
Sharif Hozoori is an expert on Afghanistan politics and foreign policy and former vice chancellor of the University of Afghanistan. Now a visiting scholar at the Einaudi Center’s South Asia Program and an Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund fellow, he is seeking a permanent U.S.-based position as an academic, researcher, or analyst.
Celebrating 2023 International Graduates
More than 150 Class of 2023 international students came together to celebrate their achievements at Cornell.
Hosted by the Office of Global Learning International Services team, this year's International Graduation Reception featured addresses from distinguished international alumnus Alexander Ponomarenko '94 and Global Citizen Award recipients Teni Akeju and Megan Cabaero, who shared thoughts on their journeys as international students at Cornell.
Listen to Vice Provost Wolford’s congratulatory remarks.
Global Cornell Connects with Alumni Worldwide
Vice Provost Wendy Wolford and other Global Cornell leaders had a busy spring meeting with alumni and institutional partners around the world. Visits included India, Asia, and Africa.