Expanding our Global Engagement
A Vision for Global Engagement
UC Davis Global Affairs has developed an initiative to strengthen and enhance the university’s international research, education and engagement efforts globally. Through the Global Centers initiative, we will:
- ensure alignment with UC Davis’ mission and strategic goals to expand our global reach and impact;
- address the challenges facing humankind through coordinated research efforts across many nations; and
- support the global understanding and collaborative problem-solving necessary in today's world.
Once fully developed, Global Centers will serve as hubs that link UC Davis to the world, providing more seamless mobility for faculty and students. Global Centers also leverage UC Davis expertise in areas such as agriculture, food security, alternative energy, One Health, and our areas of excellence in humanities and social sciences to provide global learning and research opportunities that benefit both UC Davis and the global community.
Potential opportunities through Global Centers include facilitating collaborative research for UC Davis faculty, offering a venue for alumni gatherings or student recruitment, or serving as a hub to support UC Davis activities throughout the region.
Global Centers Roadmap
UC Davis faculty from across disciplines and academic units have identified a Global Centers strategy to:
- leverage and strengthen established UC Davis and other University of California presences in Latin America/Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa;
- develop new UC Davis regional hubs in strategic locations in Asia/Pacific and Europe; and
- create UC Davis academic connections and networks in Latin America/Caribbean and Middle East/North Africa.
Leveraging faculty involvement and leadership along with aligning Global Centers with UC Davis strengths and partnerships are both critical to this strategy.
In December of 2015, Provost Hexter and Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor Regulska appointed a Working Group on Global Centers, which selected the following strategic locations where centers could be established and appointed five Faculty Advisory Committees: Asia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America/Caribbean, Middle East/North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Each Faculty Advisory Committees produced a report to:
- identify goals for a Center with specific relevance to the region;
- define a possible set of functions and programs that such a Global Center can offer;
- suggest possible locations and provide the rationale justifying the proposed selection;
- summarize expected outcomes and benefits that UC Davis, partners, and the country/region will derive from such a presence;
- outline staffing and resources necessary to launch the proposed Global Center; and
- identify potential challenges and obstacles that might be encountered in the region that may impede the Center’s success.