Since 1989, an emphasis on internationalization has allowed IUPUI to initiate connections with the world. February 2019 marks the 30-year anniversary of establishing IUPUI’s Office of International Affairs as a hub for Hoosier-driven interest in international academic activities and connections.
The overarching intent of IUPUI’s international work is to ensure local students are exposed to the global-conversation, but also enable international students to have practical training in Indianapolis.
Creating a global city
In 2018, Chancellor Paydar had this pledge in leading IUPUI to update its strategic plan: “IUPUI will become a global campus and will partner with Indianapolis as it becomes a global city. We will accomplish these aims through effective international partnerships; international opportunities for students, faculty, and staff; and development of our students as citizens able to operate in a globalized world with skill, wisdom, and responsibility.”
Today, the Office of International Affairs connects students to the world and the world to IUPUI -- through opportunities like study abroad, international student and scholar services, curriculum internationalization, and international partnerships and public programming.
Over the years, IUPUI has enhanced its outreach efforts, and progressively attracted more attention from the international student community. It formed offices for international programming and student services. As of Fall 2018, IUPUI has 1,924 international students (6.7% of the total student body) that hail from approximately 145 countries. Indiana’s business community has direct access to an ever-developing pipeline of globally-geared talent, supported in part by IUPUI’s efforts. From 2004-2016 alone, the Indianapolis metro area saw a net change in its foreign graduate population of 26%, to 5,300 students annually (Source: Pew Research Center).
IUPUI’s broader global reach
Other examples of IUPUI’s global reach can be seen across the Indianapolis community and beyond:
For more on IUPUI’s efforts as the Office of International Affairs celebrates 30 years, visit http://international.iupui.edu/