International Initiatives and Global Health
“We owe it to inspire our students…to recognize that they are not to act like inhabitants of a village, nor like beings of the hour, but like citizens of a world.”
Timothy Dwight the Elder, who would later be Yale’s president, described this obligation to our students in 1776. Yale has been working on internationalization as long as any university in this country. Benjamin Silliman ventured abroad two hundred years ago to learn how to improve and expand the science curriculum for our students here in New Haven. And Yale has been a beacon for those from abroad for nearly as long: in 1850, when the first Chinese young man ventured to study in the West, he came to Yale.
Educating leaders for a global society
Yale is among the leading institutions in the world in terms of its international curriculum, overseas study and internship opportunities offered to students, faculty support, and the programs that bring global distinction to Yale.
For Yale to pursue its historic mission of educating leaders in the world, we must continue to develop additional curricula in global and regional affairs so that our students can equip themselves with the knowledge required of global citizens and leaders. We must provide undergraduates, as well as graduate and professional students, opportunities to work or study abroad to broaden their appreciation of cultural differences as well as the globalizing forces at work today. And we need to open our doors to a sufficient representation of international students and scholars, both to have a direct stake in educating the leaders of other nations and to give U.S. students the opportunity to develop personal ties across a range of national cultures.
Setting the standard
With the momentum gained in the first decade of this century, Yale can set the standard for a university in service to the world. It is encouraging that the success of some of Yale’s initiatives—such as the World Fellows Program, need-based aid for undergraduate international students, and the commitment to support all undergraduates in an experience abroad—have helped Yale to be perceived as an international leader. The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies has emerged as a focal point for research and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs now plays a key part in internationalizing the curriculum. Continuing work to recast our mission in global terms and actively encourage the international activities of students and faculty will further strengthen Yale in coming years.
Collaborating to improve global health
Since the 1810 founding of its School of Medicine, Yale University has sought to improve global health through scientific inquiry, clinical care, and the study of policy and society. With the 2009 launch of the Global Health Initiative, Yale’s leadership has asked what more could be done to leverage the many global health efforts underway on campus—work that has gained tremendous momentum thanks to a surge in student interest and rapid progress in healthcare and biomedical science.
Yale College and the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health are at the forefront of this coordinated effort, with their rigorous programs of education, research, and clinical care. The Global Health Leadership Institute serves as both a catalyst for interdisciplinary projects and a nexus for exchange, collaboration, and leadership development. By actively collaborating across disciplines and seizing opportunities for innovation, Yale aims to speed the translation of new discoveries into better health policy, education, prevention, and treatment.