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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. The groups were created with the mission to

  • Connect the University of Cincinnati to a small number of partners in geostrategic regions of the world where we can focus our efforts and resources on collaborations that embody UC’s vision of global impact, innovation, and inclusion.
  • Build long-term, comprehensive relationships with institutions that are mutually invested in the partnership at the institutional level and that consider UC a key partner in advancing their own global strategy.
  • Enhance the University of Cincinnati's global impact by building broad and deep collaborative relationships between faculty, scholars, and researchers worldwide.
  • Nurture innovative teaching collaborations and provide a rich variety of international educational opportunities for our students.
  • Support creative and sustainable initiatives that will help grow and diversify our UC community.

Strong and sustainable partnerships like these are more vital than ever. Transnational, diverse and interdisciplinary teamwork drives innovation to solve the complex problems of our world.

Strategic Partner Institutions

The University of Cincinnati's strategic partners may be

  • Universities of comparable breadth and stature that are committed to collaborative research, mobility, and sharing of best practices.
  • Regional clusters of universities with complementary strengths and scope that can engage multiple UC colleges in research and programmatic collaborations across our major disciplines.
  • Developing institutions with which UC can have a mentoring relationship beneficial to both sides.

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 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 University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of its location in Johannesburg, South Africa. Active faculty-to-faculty research connections, particularly in the humanities and social sciences, join UC and UJ.

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

UC faculty and staff can find more information on the role and responsibilities of strategy group members on the UC International intranet site.

  • 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 - Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice & Administrative Sciences
  • Moises Huaman - Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
  • Brian Hunter - Assistant Professor/Educator, Foreign Languages
  • C. Catherine Losada - Professor of Music Theory
  • David Madrid - Associate Professor of Spanish
  • Sue Mantel - Professor of Marketing
  • Gregory Marinic - Associate Professor of Architecture
  • Harnan Moscoso Boedo - Associate Professor of Economics
  • Michael Odio - Associate Professor of Sport Administration
  • Eugene Rutz - Associate Dean, CEAS
  • Nora Wagner - Assistant Dean for International Studies Programs and Dean, LLM Program, College of Law
  • Angie Woods - Professor of Spanish
  • Kate York - Assistant Professor of Nursing


  • Lee Armstrong - Director for International Programs, Lindner College of Business
  • Shelina Brown - Assistant Professor of Musicology
  • Michelle Burbage - Assistant Professor Educator of Public Health
  • Peter ChamberlainAssociate Professor of Industrial Design
  • Ashley Chang - Study Abroad Advisor
  • Sangyong Cho - Assistant Professor, Planning
  • Amu De Silva - Adjunct Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation, Exercise & Nutrition
  • 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
  • Chao Li - Associate Professor of English
  • Alex Lin - Associate Professor of Pharmacy & Administrative Sciences  
  • Junko Markovich - Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese
  • Michele McDonald - Assistant Director, Nationally Competitive Awards
  • Oxana Prokhorova - Director of Global Engagement, CEAS
  • Dong-shin Shin - Associate Professor of Literacy and Second Language Studies
  • George Vredeveld - Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Finance, Real Estate, and Insurance & Risk Management
  • Gowribalan (Ana) Vamadeva Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Nora Wagner - Assistant Dean for International Studies Programs and Dean, LLM Program, College of Law
  • Jason Chambers - Associate Director, International Admissions
  • Leo Chan - Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce
  • Jeff Guo - Professor of Pharmacy Practice & Administrative Sciences
  • Shaorong Huang - Professor English & Communication
  • Thomas Huston - Professor Educator of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Engineering
  • Ye Liu - Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Yu Mao - Director of Business Affairs, University Libraries
  • Oxana Prokhorova - Director of Global Engagement, CEAS
  • Yichen Qin - Associate Professor of Operations, Business Analytics and Information Systems
  • Rob Rude - Assistant Professor of Sports Administration
  • Kurt Sassmannshaus - Professor of Violin, Starling Chair in Classical Violin
  • Thomas Stevenson-Shannon - Assistant Director, Study Abroad
  • Mei Tang - Professor of Counseling
  • Nora Wagner - Assistant Dean for International Studies Programs and Dean, LLM Program, College of Law
  • Jun Wang - Associate Professor of Environmental & Industrial Hygiene
  • Yuqing Zhang - Assistant Professor of Nursing
  • Victoria Appatova - Professor of Reading
  • Jody Ballah - Associate Professor of French
  • Theresa Culley - Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Chuck Doarn - Research Professor of Family & Community Medicine, Director of Telemedicine
  • Mark Halpin - Associate Professor of Stage Design
  • Linn Hykkerud - Sr. Admissions Counselor, International Admissions
  • Anne-Marie Jézéquel - Associate Professor Emerita, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures
  • Michelle Johns - Assistant Professor of Management    
  • Sarah Manchak - Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
  • Ryan Meyer - Associate Director - Academic, Study Abroad
  • Natalia Mintchik - Associate Professor of Accounting
  • Oxana Prokhorova - Director of Global Engagement and Chair, Honors Program, CEAS
  • Bob Stevie - Community Adviser; Past President, Cincinnati U.S.A. Sister Cities Association
  • Rainer vom HofeProfessor of Planning
  • Nora Wagner - Assistant Dean for International Studies Programs and Dean, LLM Program, College of Law
  • Georg Weber - Professor of Pharmacy
  • Kate York - Assistant Professor of Nursing, Director of Global Health
  • Hannah Zimmerer - Assistant Director - Academic, Study Abroad
  • Nimisha Bhat - Assistant Librarian, UC LIbraries
  • Stefan Fiol - Professor of Ethnomusicology
  • Laura Jenkins - Professor of Political Science
  • Aarati Kanekar - Professor of Architecture
  • Andala Khan - Assistant Professor of Health Informatics
  • Prashant Khare - Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Associate Department Head 
  • Nalini Kotagiri - Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences     
  • Rita Kumar - Professor of English
  • Michael Neugent - Associate Professor of Finance, MSF Academic Director
  • Shailaja Paik - Associate Professor of History
  • Robyn Stamm - Associate Professor of Nursing
  • 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 - Professor of Environmental Health
  • Hassane Amlal - Research Professor of Medicine
  • Nimisha Bhat - Assistant Librarian, UC LIbraries
  • David Edelman - Director, Master of Community Planning program  
  • Hazem Elzarka - Professor of Construction Management, Director of Graduate Programs
  • Muhammad Faruque - Associate Professor of Islamic Studies
  • Anne Sheridan Fugard - Executive Director, Study Abroad
  • Gordon Gillespie - Interim Dean, College of Nursing
  • Haider Hamoudi - Dean, College of Law
  • Henry Hane - Community Adviser, Executive Director of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
  • Ralph Katerberg - Professor Emeritus, Department of Management
  • Angela Livengood - Assistant Director, Study Abroad       
  • Olivier Parent - Professor of Economics
  • Mark Raider - Professor of History
  • Chris Surratt - Dean, College of Pharmacy
  • Gowribalan (Ana) Vamadeva - Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Nora Wagner - Assistant Dean for International Studies Programs and Dean, LLM Program, College of Law
  • Vanessa Allen-Brown - Associate Professor of Education
  • Ibrahim Amidou - Adjunct Associate Professor of French
  • Charles Appeadu - Professor of Finance
  • Ekow Arthur-Mensah - Community Adviser, APNET Advisory Board
  • Kate Bonansinga - Dean, School of Art
  • Xan Boone - Professor Educator of Social Work
  • Kathy Burlew - Professor Emerita of Psychology
  • Jordan Crabbe - Assistant Professor of Math Physics & Computer Sciences
  • Laura Dell - Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, CECH
  • Seynabou Dieye - Study Abroad Advisor, UC International
  • Prince Ellis - Associate Professor of Economics
  • Jan Fritz - Professor of Planning
  • Marianne IveyProfessor Emerita of Pharmacy
  • Hanan Kerr - Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Cedrick Kwuimy - Assistant Professor-Educator of Engineering Education
  • Bert Lockwood - Professor of Law and Director, Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights
  • Geneva Miller - Associate to the Vice Provost, UC International
  • Lizzie Ngwenya-Scoburgh - Professor of Business & Economics    
  • Charles Schubert - Director, Global Child Health
  • Joseph Takougang - Professor of Africana Studies, Department Head
  • Gowribalan (Ana) Vamadeva - Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Kate York - Assistant Professor of Nursing, Director of Global Health