September 2020 Newsletter for Faculty and Staff

A map showing the Xi'an Jiaotong University campus in China
Global Partnership Creates
CWRU Community at Chinese University
   The COVID-19 pandemic has created numerous challenges for international students studying in the U.S., including preventing many from attending courses in person this fall. But thanks to Case Western Reserve University's partnership with Xi'an Jiaotong University in China, 185 Spartans who are Chinese nationals are able to take courses remotely while living together on Xi’an Jiaotong University's new QuJiang campus. 
   The group includes 107 new undergraduate students, 32 new graduate students and represents the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine, School of Law, Case School of Engineering, Weatherhead School of Management and Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.
   A task force of Case Western Reserve staff from across campus is working to support these students and help keep them connected to the university. Information about academics, student life, student services and more is shared in a newsletter emailed regularly to students. If you have anything you would like to be included in the newsletter, please email it to

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CWRU International Rankings Update
   The latest international rankings of higher education institutions show a steady performance by Case Western Reserve. The university's international rankings improvement efforts focus on six of the major rankings organizations, and of those three have been announced so far this year.
   In the QS World University Rankings, Case Western Reserve has advanced three positions in 2020 to #164. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings have Case Western Reserve listed at #121 2020, down just a few positions from 2019,but still 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, down two spots from last year, but significantly higher than in 2017 when it was listed at #143. 

A man sitting in front of a laptop writing in a notebook
Faculty Session About Supporting International Students
Communicating across cultures can be challenging, especially when that communication is happening at a distance or online as so many interactions are right now. The Center for International Affairs is teaming up with the Office of Faculty Development to host a Global Talk Session to help address and respond to these challenges when working with international students. The session on Tuesday, September 22 at 1 pm will cover common causes of miscommunication, strategies for mitigating confusion and how to use this information to support international students.
Two study abroad students sitting with their backs to the camera on a cliff overlooking a vast area
Study Abroad Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Student Panel
Office of Education Abroad is hosting a special student panel as part of the university's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The Study Abroad Friday Forum on September 25 will feature Case Western Reserve students of Hispanic heritage who have studied abroad and are coming together to share their experiences with other students interested in a global learning opportunity. The forum will take place on Zoom and begin at 1 pm ET on Friday, September 25.  Any faculty or staff members who know students that might be interested in attending are encouraged to direct them to the Study Abroad CampusGroups page to sign up.
Get to Know the Center for International Affairs
Staff photos of the ISS team including Angie Beca, Adolfo Franco, Mar Maggio, Rachel Paiscik and Elizabeth Miller
The Office of International Student Services or ISS helps Case Western Reserve's international students transition to life in the U.S. and be successful on campus. The staff is able to help students with immigration matters, understanding the social and academic culture of their new home and connecting students to resources throughout the university. ISS is available for virtual advising on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 11 am to 3 pm and by appointment. Faculty, staff and students who have questions for ISS can reach them via email at 

Upcoming Events
Research & Funding Opportunities
Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Central Asia University Partnerships

Fulbright Scholar Program

German Academic Service Exchange

Fogarty International Center

Call for Fulbright Program Peer Reviewers

Study Abroad Photos
A CWRU student wears a kimono at a temple in Japan while studying abroad

Yuhan Xia is majoring in economics and political science and earning a minor in Japanese. This photo shows her first time wearing a Kimono. She and her friends dressed up and went to a Japanese Shrine during her semester abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan in Spring 2019. 
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