Fostering international connections
Goal: IU Bloomington will form country-specific communities of interest to leverage our impact and use of gateways internationally in support of our research and academic programs.
Update: The mission of the IU Global Gateway Network is a visible presence for IU in strategically important countries that provides all members of the IU community with a link to resources, partners, and opportunities in support of their priorities in those countries.
The China and India Gateways opened in Beijing and New Delhi respectively in 2014, the Europe Gateway opened in Berlin in 2015, and the Mexico Gateway opened in Mexico City in May of 2018. The ASEAN Gateway in Bangkok opened in February 2019. IU continues to work with the University of the Western Cape on plans to open a sixth office in Cape Town in 2020.
Each gateway has worked to form and connect three broad communities of interest, both on-campus and in-country:
- The academic IU community. This includes established communities centered around area studies programs and departments (for example: East Asian Languages and Cultures, Dhar India Studies Program, Institute for European Studies, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and adds a wider audience of faculty and university administrative staff, deans, and associate deans at each of the schools with which the gateways collaborate.
- Alumni. This group includes alumni who support IU's academic and research programs through recruitment efforts and the networking for the benefit of university research and academic endeavors.
- In-country communities. This group is composed of the non-alumni in-country communities we are creating, and which are mandatory for us to maximize our access and our footprint/impact in each gateway location. They include our partners universities, the U.S. embassy, government ministries, NGOs, and more. They also facilitate and advance IU's research and academic initiatives and the investments we are making in these relationships are significant.