February 2021 Newsletter for Faculty and Staff

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New System to Advance
International Research Collaborations
   The Center for International Affairs is developing an information system to help faculty who are interested in expanding their global outreach identify and build on existing Case Western Reserve University global relationships. Tentatively called the Case Western Reserve University International Repository, this system identifies international potential by connecting international relationships from across campus in the form of research, alumni, students, and funding. 
   When faculty collaborate on research projects with leading researchers from academia, industry, and government in countries other than the United States, Case Western Reserve sees growth in publication citations, citation impact, global rankings, and global reputation. Not all research is conducive to international collaboration, but the impact of working with international collaborators is worthwhile when possible, based on recent data from the Web of Science.
   While only 32.3% of current research is published with international collaborators, this research accounts for 53.7% of all Case Western Reserve’s faculty citations with an average of 22.9 citations per publication and a field weighted citation impact of 3.10.  When publishing with national collaborators only, the average citations per publication is 11 with a field weighted citation impact of 1.56. 
   Publications, citations, and their citation impact are primary indicators for many global rankings, including the Leiden Ranking, where Case Western Reserve ranks #12 in the world in Biomedical and Health Sciences. “The Leiden Ranking is one example where the hard work of our faculty has put Case Western Reserve in the company of other elite institutions through our high quality research and international collaborations,” explains Stan Gerson, interim Dean of the School of Medicine. 
   Case Western Reserve has been engaged in an international rankings initiative for the past three years so that we can raise our global rankings reputation and attract more research funding to support our faculty - increasing our international collaborations is an important part of this initiative. To learn more about our rankings achievements, click here.
   The new International Repository is expected to be fully functional in the summer of 2021, ready for researchers to further grow their research portfolios. For more information about this system or for more data on international collaborations and citation impact, contact the Center at

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Biden Administration Makes Changes for International Students
   President Joe Biden has already made several immigration-related changes that will impact international students at Case Western Reserve University and across the country.
   One of the most significant is the Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the U.S. which revokes what are known as the "Muslim and African Travel Bans." These bans prevented students from the affected countries from returning home for any reason or having family visit them in the last four years, resulting in significant personal sacrifices. 
   The Biden administration has also issued a Regulatory Freeze Memorandum that is expected to stop the advancement of the Department of Homeland Security's proposal to eliminate "duration of status" for F students, J exchange visitors and their dependents. Its elimination 
would mean that instead of being admitted to the U.S. for their "duration of status" as a student, exchange visitor or dependent, they would be admitted for no more than four years. More changes are listed at the link below.
Celebrate Lunar New Year with CWRU!
  The Center for International Affairs will have a special Lunar New Year outdoor photo backdrop set up in the KSL oval from February 8 - 12 for the campus community to take a holiday photo! The Center asks that everyone who stops by send their photos to to be shared on its social media pages as part of the celebration!
    Lunar New Year is the most important social and economic holiday for billions of people around the world. It’s tied to the lunar-solar Chinese calendar and was originally observed as a time to honor household and heavenly deities and ancestors. Today, it’s a special time to bring friends and family together for feasting and festivities in China, Korea, Vietnam, Japan and beyond.
   While the global pandemic has prevented the Center from hosting its usual Lunar New Year gathering, the staff hopes to bring some holiday spirit to members of the campus community regardless of where they are spending the semester.
CWRU Study Abroad Featured in Publication  
Getting students excited about international education opportunities during a global pandemic that's put study abroad programs on hold is about as easy as it sounds. That's why Case Western Reserve's Office of Education Abroad has started using social media to reach students where they are with content that illustrates the impact of these experiences. Its strategy to recruit in a virtual world is featured in Terra Dotta's
Student Engagement E-Book series. Terra Dotta is a higher education software company the Office of Education Abroad works with to collect and store study abroad data. You can find the feature on page 9 of the book.

Important Dates

CWRU Lunar New Year Celebration
February 8-12

H-1B Visa Workshop for International Students
February 10

Opportunities to Work
in Canada Info Session

February 10

I ❤ Study Abroad
Virtual Fair

February 16 & 18

Welcome Here Wednesday
Every Wednesday

Study Abroad Friday Forums
Every Friday
Upcoming Events
Research & Funding Opportunities
National Endowment for Democracy

Fulbright Scholar Program

German Academic Service Exchange

Fogarty International Center

Fulbright Program Peer Reviewers

Study Abroad PhotosA flamingo stands in water with a mountain in the background
 Divya Jasthi took this photo in the salt flats of the Atacama Desert in Antofagasta, Chile while studying abroad in the Summer of 2019. Prior to graduating in May 2020, Divya was enrolled in a dual degree program to receive a master's of public health and an undergraduate degree in biology, specializing in pre-health with a Spanish minor.
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