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Office of the Vice President for International Affairs unveils new digital tool showcasing IU’s international connections

Mar. 30, 2016

A powerful new digital map that launched this year provides a snapshot of IU’s activities in every country in the world.

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A powerful new digital map that launched this year provides a snapshot of IU’s activities in every country in the world. | IMAGE COURTESY OF THE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

The online map, located at worldwide.iu.edu/interactive-map, provides information from every IU campus on every global and international studies-related degree, foreign language, and study abroad program offered and all international partnerships, as well as access to more than a quarter century of IU International magazine articles associated with every country in the world.

The project was created in partnership by the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs and IU Communications.

“IU’s global reach has expanded exponentially in recent years,” IU Vice President for International Affairs David Zaret said. “Collecting the basic facts of this expansion in a rigorous, organized fashion gives prospective students and scholars, as well as current IU personnel, a practical and visually pleasing opportunity to explore IU’s global dimensions.”

The map is searchable by country and by keyword, allowing students, staff, faculty and those interested in IU’s international connections to deeply explore a specific region or country.

“We’ve created an online portal to the truly impressive array of international resources that IU offers, something that displays the global reach of the university’s research, teaching and service missions in an easy-to-navigate interface, whether on a handheld device or a computer,” said Margaret Key, chief of staff in the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs.

She said the new map is designed primarily for current and prospective students. But the office anticipates it will also be useful for faculty and staff seeking information about IU’s more than 50 partnerships with universities overseas; for centers and institutes that work with particular countries; or for those seeking quick facts about the number of students or programs from a particular country.

The new digital tool complements the data published in the university’s International Fact Book, published annually since 2007 by the international affairs office. The book assembles data from approximately 15 IU departments and units, creating a cohesive look at IU’s broad international footprint.

Director of information resources Lynn Schoch, whose responsibilities include assembling the data for both the fact book and the new digital tool, said he’s already anticipating expanding the information contained in the online map.

His wish list? Adding faculty collaborations and research interests in specific countries and regions.

This project aligns with priorities outlined in the university’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan, including a commitment to student success, catalyzing research and global engagement.

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