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Strategic Partners

In 2012, UC International created seven global advisory groups.

More than 100 faculty, staff and community representatives work in these strategy groups to

  • Identify key partners in strategic regions worldwide to engage with the University of Cincinnati in sustainable, institution-wide relationships that mutually support our global education missions
  • Prepare us for the challenges of a global future by building broad and deep collaborative relationships between our faculty, scholars and researchers
  • Nurture innovative teaching collaborations and provide a rich variety of international educational opportunities for our students
  • Channel our resources into sustainable initiatives that will help us expand our market for lasting growth and diversity

Our strategic partners are universities of comparable breadth and stature or are developing institutions with which we can have a mentoring relationship beneficial to both sides.

Building a small number of comprehensive, long-term partnerships allows us to focus our efforts and resources on collaborations that embody UC’s vision of global impact, innovation and inclusion.

UC’s strategic partnerships range from traditional research and mobility collaborations to unique mentoring and joint programming models.

Such partnerships are more vital than ever. Institutions like UC that have created broad-based, long-term global partnerships will be able to field diverse, transdisciplinary teams. Only innovative teams like these will solve complex global problems.

Strategic Partner Institutions

Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU), located near the main transportation center in China's capital city of Beijing, is one of the oldest universities in China.

Chiba University is a national university located in Chiba Prefecture of Japan, an area noted for its industrial, intellectual, and international achievements.

UC’s partnership with Chongqing University has brought about the creation of the Joint Co-op Institute, placing CQU as the first institution in China to adopt the cooperative education model – founded at the University of Cincinnati in 1906. 

Christ (Deemed to Be) University is a highly-ranked private, comprehensive university in Bangalore.

Future University in Egypt (FUE) and the University of Cincinnati signed an agreement for academic partnership in July 2013. It includes undergraduate programs in FUE's Faculty of Engineering & Technology, Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration, Faculty of Eceonmic & Political Science and Faculty of Computers & Information Technology.

In collaboration with FUE professors, an academic team from UC reviewed the curricula in the four faculties and identified areas for improvement commensurate with the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and international quality standards. As a result, UC recognizes the programs in these four faculties as qualified for partnership and certification. Students receive a diploma in affiliation with UC.

Our collaboration also includes a number of joint activies including, but not limited to, student and professor exchanges, research projects, seminars and annual audits.

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (PUJ), located in Bogotá, Colombia, is a research-based university, the first to be granted institutional accreditation by the Colombian Ministry of Education.

The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) is a public French university located in the heart of Montreal, Canada, with a focus on social issues and research.

The Université Internationale Casablanca (UIC) in Morocco was founded in 2010. It has since flourished into a top-ranked private university.


The University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) is an alliance of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University and the University of Duisburg-Essen. UA Ruhr represents one of the largest and high-performing research locations in Germany.

The University of Bordeaux (UBx), which was founded in 1441, is ranked among the top French universities. UBx shares UC’s priorities of global engagement, diversity, collaboration, discovery, innovation and professional orientation.

Founded in 1962, the University of Cape Coast originally held a special relationship with the University of Ghana, Legon until 1971, when it became a fully independent university.

The relationship between UC and the University of Trento was founded on programmatic connections between our law and engineering schools. We are working on expansion into additional disciplines, including sociology, and on strong potential for research collaborations. Early student mobility is promising, with interest in long-term exchange for both.

Founded in 1669, the University of Zagreb is the oldest and largest university in South-Eastern Europe. The University contributes more than half of the annual research output in Croatia and boasts more scientific productivity than any other Croatian university.

Strategy Groups

  • Lee Armstrong - Director for International Programs, Lindner College of Business
  • Alfonso Cornejo - President, Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA
  • Brian Earl - Associate Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • Anne Sheridan Fugard - Executive Director, Study Abroad
  • Hannah Girman - Assistant Director, International Admissions
  • Ana Hincapie - Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice & Administrative Sciences
  • Moises Huaman - Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
  • Brian Hunter - Assistant Professor/Educator, Foreign Languages
  • C. Catherine Losada - Associate Professor of Music Theory
  • David Madrid - Assistant Professor of Spanish
  • Sue Mantel - Professor of Marketing
  • Gregory Marinic - Associate Professor of Architecture
  • Michael Odio - Assistant Professor of Sport Administration
  • Eugene Rutz - Director Academic, CEAS
  • Jenni Kim SutmollerDirector of Strategic Partnerships, International Planning
  • Patricia Valladares-Ruiz - Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Nora Wagner - Assistant Dean for International Studies Programs and Dean, LLM Program, College of Law
  • Angie Woods - Associate Professor of Spanish
  • Kate York - Assistant Professor of Nursing


  • Peter Chamberlain - Associate Professor of Industrial Design
  • Ashley Chang - Study Abroad Advisor
  • Sangyong Cho - Assistant Professor, Planning
  • Neil Choudhury - Assistant Director Academic, University Honors Program
  • Keshar Ghimire - Assistant Professor of Business and Economics
  • Thomas Herrmann - Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Michelle Johns - Assistant Professor/Educator of Management
  • Donghoon Kim - Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics
  • Minjin Kim - Assistant Professor of Nursing    
  • Dong-Gil Ko - Associate Professor of Operations & Business Analytics
  • Robert Lees - Community Adviser
  • Alex Lin - Associate Professor of Pharmacy & Administrative Sciences  
  • Junko Markovich - Assistant Professor of Japanese
  • Michele McDonald - Assistant Director, Nationally Competitive Awards
  • Rebecca Meurer - Educational Advisor, International Programs Office, Lindner College of Business
  • Oxana Prokhorova - Director of Global Engagement, CEAS
  • Dong-shin Shin - Assistant Professor of Literacy and Second Language Studies
  • Jill Shirokawa - Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Jenni Kim Sutmoller Director of Strategic Partnerships, International Planning
  • George Vredeveld - Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Finance, Real Estate, and Insurance & Risk Management
  • Nora Wagner - Assistant Dean for International Studies Programs and Dean, LLM Program, College of Law
  • Jason Chambers - Assistant Director, International Admissions
  • Leo Chan - Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce
  • Daniel Durbin - Professor Emeritus of Civil & Architectural Engineering, Construction Management
  • Jeff Guo - Professor of Pharmacy Practice & Administrative Sciences
  • Thomas Herrmann - Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Shaorong Huang - Professor English & Communication
  • Thomas Huston - Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Engineering
  • Yu Mao - Director of Business Affairs, University Libraries
  • Mike Neugent - Assistant Professor/Educator of Finance
  • Oxana Prokhorova - Director of Global Engagement, CEAS
  • Matthew Rota - Assistant Dean for Technology, Nursing
  • Rob Rude - Assistant Professor of Sports Administration
  • Kurt Sassmannshaus - Professor of Violin, Cohen Chair in Classical Violin
  • Thomas Stevenson-Shannon - Assistant Director, Study Abroad
  • Jenni Kim SutmollerDirector of Strategic Partnerships, International Planning
  • Mei Tang - Professor of Counseling
  • Nora Wagner - Assistant Dean for International Studies Programs and Dean, LLM Program, College of Law
  • Jun Wang - Assistnat Professor of Environmental & Industrial Hygiene
  • Xinhao Wang - Professor of Planning
  • Yuqing Zhang - Assistant Professor of Nursing
  • Victoria Appatova - Professor of Reading
  • Lee Armstrong - Director for International Programs, Lindner College of Business
  • Jody Ballah - Associate Professor of French
  • Theresa Culley - Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Chuck Doarn - Research Professor of Family & Community Medicine, Director of Telemedicine
  • Linn Hykkerud - Admissions Counselor, International Admissions
  • Anne-Marie Jézéquel - Associate Professor Emerita, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures
  • Françoise Knox-Kazimierczuk - Assistant Professor of Nutrition     
  • Ryan Meyer - Associate Director, Study Abroad
  • Natalia Mintchik - Associate Professor of Accounting
  • Oxana Prokhorova - Director of Global Engagement, CEAS
  • Todd Schwartz - Executive Director, European American Chamber of Commerce
  • Bob Stevie - Community Adviser; Past President, Cincinnati U.S.A. Sister Cities Association
  • Jenni Kim SutmollerDirector of Strategic Partnerships, International Planning
  • Rainer vom HofeAssociate Professor of Planning
  • Nora Wagner - Assistant Dean for International Studies Programs and Dean, LLM Program, College of Law
  • Georg Weber - Associate Professor of Pharmacy
  • Kate York - Assistant Professor of Nursing
  • Rashmi Adaval - Professor of Marketing
  • Pankaj Desai - Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Stefan Fiol - Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology
  • Krutarth Jain - Community Advisor, Indian American Chamber of Commerce
  • Laura Jenkins - Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Aarati Kanekar - Associate Professor of Architecture
  • Andala Khan - Assistant Professor of Health Informatics
  • Prashant Khare - Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering     
  • Rita Kumar - Faculty Enrichment Center—Executive Director
  • Shailaja Paik - Associate Professor of History
  • Piyush Swami - Professor Emeritus of Education
  • Gowribalan (Ana) Vamadeva - Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Nora Wagner - Assistant Dean for International Studies Programs and Dean, LLM Program, College of Law
  • Jon Weller - Director, International Admissions
  • Jagjit Yadav - Faculty, Environmental Health
  • Dania Abu-Alhaija - Assistant Professor of Nursing
  • Hassane Amlal - Research Associate Professor of Medicine
  • David Edelman - Director, Master of Community Planning program  
  • Hazem Elzarka - Professor of Construction Management
  • Muhammad Faruque - Assistant Professor of Islamid Studies
  • Anne Sheridan Fugard - Executive Director, Study Abroad
  • Ralph Katerberg - Professor Emeritus, Department of Management
  • Angela Livengood - Educational Advisor, UC International - Programs         
  • Olivier Parent - Professor of Economics
  • Mark Raider - Professor of History
  • Bob Stevie - Community adviser; Past President, Cincinnati USA Sister Cities Association
  • Gowribalan (Ana) Vamadeva - Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Nora Wagner - Assistant Dean for International Studies Programs and Dean, LLM Program, College of Law
  • Jill Boone - Professor of Pharmacy
  • Vanessa Allen-Brown - Associate Professor of Education
  • Ibrahim Amidou - Adjunct Associate Professor of French
  • Charles Appeadu - Associate Professor of Finance
  • Kathy Burlew - Professor Emerita of Psychology
  • Neil Choudhury - Assistant Director Academic, University Honors Program
  • Jordan Crabbe - Assistant Professor of Math Physics & Computer Sciences
  • Seynabou Dieye - Study Abroad Advisor, UC International
  • Prince Ellis - Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Jan Fritz - Professor of Planning
  • Yonas Gizaw - Community Adviser; APNet, P&G
  • Stacy Hanley-Woodbridge - Admissions Counselor, International Admissions
  • Hanan Kerr - Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Cedrick Kwuimy - Assistant Professor-Educator of Engineering Education
  • Bert Lockwood - Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Director, Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights
  • Geneva Miller - Associate to the Vice Provost, UC International
  • Lizzie Ngwenya-Scoburgh - Associate Professor of Business & Economics
  • Nick Paddock Senior Admissions Counselor, International Admissions    
  • Charles Schubert - Director, Global Child Health
  • Joseph Takougang - Professor of Africana Studies
  • Gowribalan (Ana) Vamadeva - Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Kate York - Director of Global Health Nursing
  • Corey Bjarnson - Associate Director Academic, College of Pharmacy