International Connections Reception

Meet UC Davis faculty, staff and scholars who are internationally engaged and discover opportunities to connect wtih colleagues for international teaching, research and public service.

Monday, February 27, 2017
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
International Center Multi-Purpose Room, UC Davis


Please register online by Monday, February 20, 2017.

To assist us in identifying where UC Davis faculty, staff and students are engaged and to determine who will be in which small group sessions, please fill out or update your profile on our International Linkages Database. 

About the Reception

Join us to network with faculty, staff and scholars who are internationally engaged and make connections with other collaborators who are working in similar world regions.

We will announce the winners of our 1st annual "UC Davis Around the World: Grants for Regional Faculty Groups"! Submit an application by February 15, 2017 with your proposal of how we can build stronger regional collaborations among UC Davis faculty working in the same region of the world. 

 This year Global Affairs will be presenting sessions on Global Centers during the International Connections Reception. You will be able to attend 2 of the regional sessions which will be held from 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. and 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

UC Davis is currently developing a long-range, overarching institutional strategy for internationalization that will guide the campus as we strengthen and enhance the university’s international research, education and engagement efforts over the coming years.  The strategy will ensure alignment with UC Davis’s mission, history and values as we expand our global reach and profile; guarantee that our students acquire the global knowledge and understanding that are necessary in today’s world; and address the challenges facing humankind through coordinated research efforts across many nations.

An integral part of this strategic plan is an initiative to develop physical presences or Global Centers that will increase coordination and facilitate our expanding presence abroad. Global Centers will connect UC Davis’s land-grant heritage and the world by emphasizing how our expertise in areas such as agriculture, food security, alternative energy, One Health, and areas of excellence in humanities and social sciences provide global learning and research opportunities that serve and benefit both UC Davis and the global community.  Global Centers will serve as a portal of strategic coordination to facilitate collaborations within complex, integrated global networks of partners that link the campus to the world and provide seamless mobility for faculty and students. The activities may range from facilitating collaborative research to offering a space for UC Davis visiting faculty to alumni gatherings and student recruitment.

To initiate discussion on these efforts across campus, with the goal of establishing the first two or three Global Centers and/or create other smaller forms of UC Davis presence abroad in the near future, in December 2015 a Working Group on UC Davis Global Centers was appointed and is co-chaired by the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor and the Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor of Global Affairs. 

Since then five Faculty Working Groups have been established:

  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Asia and the Pacific
  • Europe
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Middle East and North Africa

Currently each working group is exploring and assessing the feasibility of having an increased physical presence. The preliminary reports are expected later in the Spring. 

Sponsored by

Global Affairs

2016 Reception Overview

View photos from the 2016 International Connections Reception