January 17, 2018
Dear faculty colleagues,
After the holiday break, I always enjoy the energy and sense of renewed purpose on campus. We see it in the faces of our colleagues and students, this clarity and determination to improve ourselves and do and be better. Our work and relationships directly contribute to our core purpose — To Transform Lives for the Benefit of Society. I hope 2018 is a year of success and fulfillment for all of you as we work together toward this collective purpose.
Increasing the global impact of research and discovery at UT was identified as an early priority for President Fenves. Since then, we have taken action on multiple fronts to strengthen and expand global engagement. I want to share with you our progress and next steps,
Recent Progress on Global Efforts
The Global Engagement Task Force submitted its final report to me last July, providing valuable insight into the array of global efforts currently underway across campus and recommending strategies for strengthening UT Austin's international engagement.
Last September, the president launched the International Board of Advisors (IBA), a group of UT alumni charged with making recommendations on how UT can enhance its global presence and impact.
In October, a team of experts from peer universities visited our campus to provide recommendations on how best to advance the efforts of the International Office.
In November, we launched the UT Austin - Mexico Institute A.C. (UTAMI), enhancing existing collaborations and developing new partnerships with our southern neighbor.
Search Begins for Senior International Officer
With this groundwork laid, in the coming weeks we will launch a national search for a new senior international officer (SIO) with that person's title to-be-determined. The SIO will provide institutional leadership to advance UT’s international strategy and global aspirations.
Global Engagement Survey for Faculty and Research Scientists
To complement these efforts and better understand the international research connections and global engagement already in place across the university, we are conducting a survey of our faculty, research units, and institutes. You will receive an email later this week to take the survey. Your individual responses will be completely confidential, and the data will be represented only in the aggregate. We will process the input to share with the International Board of Advisors and will share the results with all of you later this year.
Through a coordinated international strategy that leverages university resources and expertise, we can find new ways to complement your great work and offer new opportunities for our faculty, our students, and the campus.
Thank you in advance for your participation and best wishes for a productive semester.
Executive Vice President and Provost
The University of Texas at Austin