December 2020 Newsletter for Faculty and Staff


International Rankings Update
   Case Western Reserve University has made significant improvements in international rankings of higher education institutions this year.
   The three latest rankings organizations to release their data for 2020 are the U.S. News and World Report Global University Ranking (USNWR), the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), and the National Taiwan University Ranking (NTU). 
   CWRU advanced from #139 to #122 in ARWU, from #155 to #142 in USNWR, and from #130 to #126 in NTU.
   Earlier this year, CWRU learned it also improved in the QS World University Rankings, advancing three positions in 2020 to #164. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings have CWRU listed at #121 in 2020, a substantial improvement from just three years ago when it was #158. And in the CWTS Leiden Ranking, which is purely bibliometric, the university is currently at #62, significantly higher than in 2017 when it was listed at #143. CWRU is also ranked #12 in the world for Biomedical and Health Sciences in the Leiden Ranking.

    CWRU first began its international rankings initiative in 2017 after leadership found that global rankings can have direct and indirect impacts on many important sectors of the university—including partnerships, student and faculty recruitment, research, funding by foreign governments, and overall institutional reputation.

The Pandemic’s Impact on Study Abroad
   The global pandemic has forced Case Western Reserve University and others around the world to cancel several terms of study abroad programs for students. This has been an unfortunate challenge for students who had planned to participate this year, and the Office of Education Abroad (OEA) in the Center for International Affairs has been keeping students updated through its  COVID-19 page and doing everything it can to help students reschedule their programs for later semesters when possible.   
   The cancellation of programs, while disappointing, has presented an opportunity for the OEA to help even more students plan for future experiences abroad. The OEA typically recommends students start the process a year in advance by scheduling an advising session to ensure they have the most successful and advantageous study abroad experience possible, and now is the perfect time to plan.
CWRU at XJTU Program to Continue in Spring
   Case Western Reserve University's partnership with Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU) in China will continue for spring semester! The CWRU at XJTU program allows students who are Chinese nationals taking CWRU courses remotely to live together on the XJTU campus. 
   The program began this fall as large numbers of CWRU's international students were unable to come to campus because of challenges caused by the pandemic and related visa issues. Nearly 200 CWRU students from China were able to form a CWRU community on the XJTU campus while taking their courses online.
   If you have any questions about the program or how to support students living at XJTU, please contact the Coordinator of Student Programs Abroad, Kevin Sullivan, at the link below.
   Student Global Perspectives 
Bill Ding stands with a student from Makerere University in Uganda
   Yuliang "Bill" Ding is a biomedical engineering major from China. He has made the most of his time at Case Western Reserve University by getting involved in campus organizations and becoming an Orientation Leader. During his second year, Bill expanded his global perspective even further by studying abroad in Uganda. He shares how his experiences have impacted his career plans and offers advice for other international students and those interested in studying abroad.
   You can watch his Global Perspective videos, view his pictures and read about his experiences here

Enjoy Your Winter Break
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National Endowment for Democracy

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Study Abroad Photos

This photo of Bhargavee Gnanasambandam was taken on a bridge over the canals of Amsterdam during the Bioethics Women’s Health and Public Health Ethics in The Netherlands study abroad course in Spring (May Abroad) 2019. Gnanasambandam was studying biomedical engineering and pre-health while earning a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering.
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