IA oversees the University’s wide array of international partnerships and programs, and works closely with faculty and administration to ensure that new initiatives serve to enhance Brown’s global standing and research mission. Working with other relevant officers at Brown, the Vice President for International Affairs and the IA office have responsibility to:
- Develop policy, mission, and goals on global engagement and raising Brown’s international visibility
- Develop policy on individual countries and regions, level of commitment to specific areas, and agendas for those locations
- Sustain existing international institutional partnerships and programs, and develop new ones
- Strengthen existing centers and programs relevant to internationalization
- Strengthen faculty international research support and facilitate international faculty exchanges
- Attract significant new resources to support international initiatives
- Support curricular efforts related to internationalization
- Develop structures and facilitate expanded options for undergraduate and graduate student international experiences
- Advise on decisions and appointments relevant to international subject areas
- Develop initiatives across campus to further internationalization
- Facilitate cooperation and coordination among campus offices doing international work
Among many diverse programs across campus, the Office oversees these particular initiatives:
- The Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI), a partnership with Santander Universities that brings 150 young scholars from over 50 countries to Brown each summer to participate in a series of institutes that address pressing global issues through innovative and collaborative research and pedagogy. BIARI is overseen by the Vice President for International Affairs.
- A portfolio of funding opportunities, including grants to enhance the international component of undergraduate education, graduate student funding for colloquia and international travel, funding to facilitate faculty research partnerships outside the U.S, and funding to support on-campus programs and events with an international dimension.
- Coordination of select visits to Brown’s campus from international delegations and dignitaries.
- The Brown Global Forums, a short-term faculty exchange program with select partner institutions.