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2020-2021 KUIA Annual Report

Highlighting KU's international work, featuring stories on faculty and staff accomplishments, student and alumni success and the legacy of former colleagues.

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Message from the Associate Vice Provost

Charles Bankart

"We have much work to do as we move forward and look beyond the pandemic context to our institutional vision 'to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and advances society,' but we are well on our way."

Charles Bankart
Associate Vice Provost

On behalf of all of us in International Affairs, we are delighted to share with you our annual report for the past academic year. Above you will see the Study Abroad & Global Engagement (SAGE) team, which was recognized by Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer as KU’s Team of the Year for their extraordinary efforts during the pandemic to support our Jayhawks abroad, ensure students’ safety and academic continuity, and pivot to new modalities to enable Jayhawks to continue to receive the international education so fundamental to a KU degree.

The work of SAGE is emblematic of an entire division and university that worked tirelessly to put students first. These efforts required continual pivoting, adaptation and innovation.

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KUIA Updates

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ACE Internationalization Lab

KU is one of 10 colleges and universities participating in the American Council on Education’s Internationalization Laboratory. From fall 2020 to spring 2022, KU will develop a strategic action plan to position KU to be a global leader among internationally engaged research universities.
Overview shot of Johnson County Community College

KU Assists JCCC with Implementing Grant to Internationalize Courses

Thanks to a $340,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education and a team organized by KU International Affairs, JCCC will offer hundreds of additional students each semester an international component to their education. KU is supporting JCCC as it executes a two-year UISFL grant.
SAGE team

SAGE Named 2021 KU Team of the Year

KU Study Abroad & Global Engagement was named the 2021 KU Team of the Year in recognition of the staff’s herculean efforts to safely bring home students studying abroad and pivot programming for students who could no longer travel abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Faculty Achievement

Map of travel grant locations: Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Brazil, Chile, England, China, Azerbaijan, Malawi

KUIA Awards 10 Travel Grants

KU International Affairs has awarded more than $49,000 in travel grants to nine University of Kansas faculty members and a graduate student to support research and collaboration abroad. Recipients will use the funds before June 30, 2022.

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Jorge Soberón standing in front of an exhibit at the KU Natural History Museum

Jorge Soberón  

Over the decades, Jorge Soberón’s field of research has grown from studying a few acres of butterfly terrain to encompassing broad regions of the world as he uses theoretical and computational modeling to predict biodiversity patterns on a global scale.

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Student Success

Katie Price at the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, which she visited while studying abroad this spring in France

Pursuing Unique International Experiences during COVID

Determination, flexibility and a healthy sense of adventure were required for the KU students who sought internatioal education experiences during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Three students share their stories.

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Kansai students on the Konza prairie

Japanese Students Share Thoughts on Study Abroad during Global Pandemic

In early March, just days before the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic, a group of 15 Japanese students arrived at KU from Kansai University. Members of the group reflected on their experience before returning home in December 2020.

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KU International Students 2020-21

international students in Fall 2020
countries represented
of KU's 1,600 graduate assistants were international students

KU International Students 2020-21

of KU graduate students
of KU total student population
of KU undergraduate students

Alumni Reflections

aken during a 1989 reunion in Burns, the photo pictures, left to right, Ed and Betty Grimwood, Pierre and Birgitta Bonnavaud, and Bonnie and Walter Lohrentz.

Thanksgiving Homestay Program

Over the years, the Betty Grimwood Thanksgiving Homestay Program has gained national recognition and brought thousands of international students into Kansas homes. For Betty Grimwood, her husband, Ed, and two sons, Charlie and Tom, the program fostered relationships that spanned generations and continents.

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Safa Alqudah

Safa Alqudah  

KU alumna Safa Alqudah received $700,000 for Hear Jordan, a project she developed that takes a three-prong approach to address hearing loss by providing free hearing aids and evaluations to children, training audiology students with the proper equipment, and implementing a public awareness campaign.

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Hodgie in front of Taj Mahal

Remembering Hodgie Bricke

Hodgie Bricke began her international education career as a part-time program assistant in International Programs in 1989 and retired in 2012 as assistant vice-provost. For more than three decades, she built networks that were fundamental to KU’s internationalization and placed the university on the global map.

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2020-2021 Annual Report

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