New Emory Global site addresses international audience

By Shannan Palma | June 13, 2018

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Jamaican nurse demonstrates medication system for Emory nursing students. Kelsey Mastin 18N, Jamaica

Emory University has launched a new website, Emory Global, to highlight Emory’s global impact for the university’s global audience. Developed by the Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives (GSI) in conversation with Communications and Public Affairs, Emory Global is designed to engage prospective international students and faculty who are in the process of determining if Emory is the right fit for them. The site also serves as a portal to resources for current faculty and students conducting international research.

Providing a broad overview of the university as a whole, the site highlights the residential and intellectual experience of life on campus, as well as unique opportunities stemming from Emory’s relationships with the City of Atlanta and local neighbors such as US Centers for Disease Control, Delta Airlines, and The Coca Cola Company, among others.

Visitors to the site can explore Emory’s impact throughout the world by learning more about the university’s thriving country initiatives for Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, and South Korea or by exploring global faculty expertise and engagement through an interactive map maintained by GSI. Emory faculty, staff, and students can also use the site to explore research funding and exchange opportunities, along with other resources.

“Nearly one in five Emory students is from outside the U.S., and our faculty are similarly international when you factor in both country of origin and scope of work,” notes Philip Wainwright, vice provost for global strategy and initiatives. “Emory is well past striving to become an international university – we are one.”

“The global strategies, which my office stewards, build on Emory’s existing strengths and our placement in Atlanta. They position us to attract the best people from around the world for Emory’s mission and values. Part of doing that is making sure international students and faculty who are considering making Emory their home understand who we are, what living and working here is like, and what resources are available to them. Emory Global equips them with that information.”

Later this month, Emory Global will expand to include multi-lingual content in the dominant non-English languages of Emory’s five strategy countries and the US itself: Portuguese, Mandarin, Amharic, Hindi, Korean, and Spanish. GSI had recent stories from Emory’s news channels professionally translated and then vetted by faculty and advanced graduate students who are also native speakers. The language-specific sections are intended to grow over time as new content is translated and added, enabling a broader depiction of Emory’s activity in those countries and regions.

“Communicating in another’s language, even just a few words, is a meaningful step toward connection,” says Chris Rapalje, director of programs and services for GSI. “Making information about our partnerships and community members available in other languages widens our reach and is a tangible demonstration of our commitment.”

If you know of a resource that should be included in the Emory Global site, please email global@emory.edu.