Harvard’s global work is a dazzling kaleidoscope, the result of a simple strategy for engagement with the world: to attract talented students and faculty, wherever they might come from, and to empower them to pursue their teaching and research interests, wherever they might lead. Harvard faculty and students drive its global activity.  Working through schools, centers, and a growing network of regional offices, and collaborating with peers across the University and around the world, Harvard scholars are advancing the frontiers of human knowledge in service to the world: One Harvard, One World.

To accomplish this mission, the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs (VPIA)…

Promotes Harvard’s global engagement by:

  • Developing electronic and printed materials that capture the breadth and depth of international activity at Harvard
  • Working with the University Development Office to provide resources for Harvard’s international endeavors
  • Meeting with Harvard alumni around the world
  • Maintaining Harvard Worldwide, a website providing an overview of Harvard’s global engagement and a searchable database of Harvard’s international activities
  • Representing Harvard with other universities and scholarly partners, and hosting visiting delegations

Facilitates Harvard’s global engagement by:

  • Negotiating agreements to support Harvard students and faculty in their global teaching and research, and to bring students, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows from around the world to Harvard
  • Supporting international Inter-Faculty Initiatives and other cross-School initiatives in long-term planning, fundraising, and leadership appointments
  • Working closely with Schools and centers managing Harvard locations abroad
  • Serving as a clearinghouse of information on Harvard resources and policies for faculty and students launching international activities

Oversees Harvard’s global engagement by:

  • Administering the University Committee on International Projects and Sites, which reviews proposals for new offices abroad, and advises the Provost and Deans on University policies that affect Harvard’s international activities
  • Reviewing international research proposals to ensure consistency with Harvard’s teaching and research missions
  • Working with the Harvard Trademark Program to monitor the use of the Harvard name in international activities
  • Collaborating with the Office of the Governing Boards to conduct reviews of international and area studies at Harvard

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