GW Around the World
The George Washington University is a community of students, faculty, alumni and colleagues that begins in Washington and spans the world. Our schools and divisions create lasting relationships with institutions of higher learning overseas, and our faculty and students forge partnerships around the globe. We take great pride in our international projects and partnerships, knowing that, together, we can play a critical role in building a global community that will benefit humanity as a whole.
Arts and Sciences
- In collaboration with Xu Xing of the Chinese Academy of Science, James Clark, GW’s Weintraub Professor of Biology, discovered a new species of dinosaur in China.
- Professor Mark Edberg and UNICEF researchers developed a framework for collecting data on the health and well-being of youth and adolescents.
- The Department of English and the British government partnered to support the British Council Writers-in-Residence program, bringing writers Suhayl Saadi and Nadeem Aslam to the GW campus.
- Students traveled to South Africa during the FIFA World Cup to examine the economic impact of the games and study the ways in which businesses can use sports as a tool for social change.
- Global MBA students take part in a required international residency practicum and act as consultants to international clients in the clients' home countries. Students present business plans and recommendations to their clients. Residencies have taken place in India, Mexico, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and Vietnam.
- The George Washington University's Center for Latin American Issues hosted a major conference to discuss post-earthquake progress in Haiti. The event drew representatives from several nations, the U.S. Agency for International Development and Albert Ramdin, assistant general of the Organization of American States.
Education and Human Development
- The Graduate School of Education and Human Development offers a master’s degree in human resource development in collaboration with the Singapore Institute of Management.
Engineering and Applied Science
- A graduate student in the Department of Computer Science has begun a summer camp in his homeland, Macedonia, to expose teenagers to science literacy and formal research methods. The camp gives the teenagers an opportunity for hands-on experience with robotics and computer science.
- Faculty from the GW Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management have been part of a team of observers for the Netherlands National Flood Exercise, providing observations and comparative practices through reports and presentations to government officials and emergency management personnel.
- A graduate from the engineering management program is serving as assistant undersecretary for urban planning in Bahrain’s Ministry of Municipalities and Agriculture.
- Through partnerships with universities in 18 countries, the Elliott School of International Affairs offers the Master of International Studies, a special one-year degree, exclusively for those universities’ current students and recent alumni.
- The Elliott School's International Development Studies Capstone Projects provide a unique opportunity for students to work on a development project in the field. Students travel to countries such as Bolivia, Bangladesh, Honduras, Zambia, Mali, and Kosovo to gain valuable real-world experience.
- The Elliott School sponsors more than 300 public events a year, bringing national and international policymakers, business leaders, diplomats, journalists, activists, and scholars to campus to engage with the GW community.
- Established in 2004, the Law School's India Project uses legal education to help build bridges between the United States and India.
- GW Law is collaborating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on a new China Environmental Law Initiative Web site to encourage a continuing dialogue between the United States and China on environmental law.
- GW is the exclusive U.S. rapporteur, joining more than 70 rapporteurs from other countries, for the International Law in Domestic Courts, an online subscription service founded by Oxford University Press that provides commentary on judicial decisions involving international issues from around the world. The rapporteurs identify and propose the cases, then write scholarly commentaries on the cases accepted for inclusion in the database.
Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
- The Health Sciences Programs have a partnership with University of Capetown to enhance the clinical research capacity in sub-Saharan Africa, and with Tommasat University in Thailand for a master's program in nursing program.
- Each year, during spring break, a group of GW medical students and doctors set up a clinic in rural Haiti.
- Medical students participate in international clinical electives at exchange sites in more than 20 different countries. They have also worked with many different international organizations, including the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children, Foundation for Sustainable Development, Child Family Health International, Doctors for Global Health, Operation Smile, the World Health Organization and the International Centre for Migration and Health.
- The Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), the Institute for Politics, and Democracy and the Internet (IPDI) hosted 200 new media experts involved in helping disaster relief at Crisis Camp 2009.
- As part of a capstone project in the strategic public relations program, a student developed a comprehensive fundraising and awareness program focused on preserving and protecting the Amazon rainforest.
- Faculty member in the master’s program in publishing collaborated with the World Bank to conduct seminars in digital publishing in Colombia, Egypt, Ghana and Mexico.
Public Health and Health Services
- The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, in collaboration with the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine, led an initiative to create an International Institute for Public Health Laboratory Management and provide training in the management and oversight of public health laboratories. The initial focus is on personnel from countries targeted by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and other developing nations.
- As part of the master’s program practicum, a student has worked with the World Bank on the Northern Sudan Health Project Preparation, helping to collect data to assess individual, community and societal needs of Northern Sudan women and reduce maternal mortality.