think: international CWRU Newsletter, February 14, 2014

  • Enduring CWRU Presence in Uganda
  • CWRU in London: A Unique Semester-Long Experience at the Royal Academy of Art

News and Announcements

Center for International Affairs
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Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7031

The Center for International Affairs provides leadership, expertise, and support to the Case Western Reserve University community in order to cultivate a dynamic international presence and to inspire a culture of global understanding and responsibility.

Enduring CWRU Presence in Uganda

Case Western Reserve University’s work in Uganda spans many years, includes numerous partnerships and comprises disciplines across campus.  The cooperative efforts of Case Western Reserve University in Uganda represent a dedicated, long-term institutional and multidisciplinary approach.
CWRU’s presence in Uganda began in 1987 when the Ugandan government invited Dr. Frederick C. Robbins, Nobel Laureate and Emeritus Dean of the School of Medicine at CWRU, to research an epidemic that was ravishing its country.  The resulting multidisciplinary research collaboration included faculty from the School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Nursing.  The original focus on HIV and TB continues today and now, 27 years later, there is research addressing heart disease and cancer, and new initiatives by faculty at the School of Dental Medicine to research complications of HIV and oral diseases.  Beyond medicine, faculty and students from the Case School of Engineering will be traveling to Uganda in March as part of a course exploring engineering solutions to global health problems.  Also, the School of Law is exploring a partnership with the International Legal Institute-African Centre for Legal Excellence. 
Central to the success of the work in Uganda has been teamwork and key partnerships.  CWRU has a long-standing memorandum of agreement with the Uganda Ministry of Health, but also has deep and extensive cooperation with researchers at Makerere University, Mbarara University, and the Joint Clinic Research Centre.  Most critically the collaboration has been committed to improving the human capital in Uganda through training with 60 Ugandans receiving graduate degrees from CWRU and more than 100 Ugandans receiving non-degree training.  The majority of these trainees continue to collaborate with CWRU and many now serve in key roles in government and non-government organizations in Uganda.
It is work that is needed, has worldwide implications and exemplifies what internationalization at CWRU is all about.

Photo by: David Kaawa-Mafigiri
CWRU in London: A Unique Semester-Long Experience at the Royal Academy of Art

The Center for International Affairs and the Department of Theater in the College of Arts and Sciences has launched the first CWRU-developed, semester-long study abroad program. The CWRU in London program, a collaboration between CWRU and the Royal Academy of Art (RADA), explores European Theater History with a curriculum developed exclusively for CWRU.

This semester, eight CWRU in London students are participating in this inaugural opportunity to pursue a rigorous academic study of European theater history, while sharpening their theatrical skills through classes in voice, clown, physical performance, dance, combat, and singing - all supported by tutorials and seminars. The program is designed to attract CWRU students, as well as students from other universities who are looking for a distinctive RADA experience while receiving credit and support from the faculty at CWRU. All students will earn CWRU credit.

The Center for International Affairs has plans to launch additional CWRU in programs in a variety of locations.  These future programs will provide our students and others across the United States unique and experiential learning semesters while earning CWRU credit. Departments interested in partnering with the Center to develop these programs should contact Molly Watkins, Executive Director for International Affairs.

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