The terms “globalization” and “internationalization” are sweeping the business, civic, non-profit and academic worlds. As a leading teaching and research university, Case Western Reserve and our faculty, staff and students have long worked with colleagues and institutions, including governments, NGOs and businesses, outside of our borders – with great distinction. In our most recent strategic plan, we build on the international character of our institution and make the “promotion of an inclusive culture of global citizenship” one of the key goals of the university’s mission.
I invite you to explore our website and begin to discover the remarkable range, depth and history of the international activities at Case Western Reserve University. While International Affairs may be a relatively new office, the teaching, research and programs in all eight schools—and our centers and institutes—will lead you to conclude that “globalization” and “internationalization” were part of the fabric of the university long before those terms were fashionable.
As you will see on the website, the Office of International Affairs is now engaged in a strategic planning process. I welcome and encourage your participation in, and thoughts about, the process—in particular ideas about how the University can meet the opportunities and challenges of a globally-competitive, technologically-connected world.
Please join me as we work to enhance the global legacy of Case Western Reserve University.
David Fleshler, J.D.
Associate Provost for International Affairs