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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 16, 2006 | Vol. 36 No. 7
Where In the World is JHU?

New Web site will pull together all international activities

By Greg Rienzi
The Gazette

Johns Hopkins' vast international scope is hardly a secret or a new development. Since its inception, the university has reached out to the world not only to recruit faculty and students but to bring knowledge born at Hopkins to every corner of the globe.

In the 1920s, for example, JHU helped pioneer medical training in China at Peking Union Medical College. Sixty years later, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center opened its doors to offer an international studies program in China jointly administered by Nanjing University and Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies. Today, the various university divisions conduct hundreds of research and training programs on every continent. To add to this list the university's ongoing Antarctic geological research project would still be only (pardon the pun) the tip of the iceberg.

Wanting to offer a comprehensive view of its international breadth, the university recently launched a Johns Hopkins Around the World Web site

The site, which went live on Sept. 14, provides a gateway to all JHU activities that have an international dimension, whether it's a School of Public Health research project in Zaire or a Classics Department study-abroad program in Rome.

The 17-member JHU International Affairs Coordinating Committee approved and commissioned the creation of the site, which was developed by the Office of Design and Publications.

Pamela Cranston, a member of the IACC and vice provost for academic affairs and international programs, said the intention is to provide a single, easy-to-use portal to find JHU departments, centers and programs with an international component and to better demonstrate Johns Hopkins' global reach.

"While we are a relatively small university, we have an enormous international presence, and we wanted to convey that," Cranston said. "The information contained in the site was previously available but hard to find. You had to know where to look and what you were looking for."

Specifically, the site acts as a clearinghouse of dozens of links to pre-existing pages cross-referenced into five areas: Academics, Global Research, Students and Alumni, Global Health, and Resources and Services. Not only an entryway to JHU campuses and centers located abroad, the site also features links to such pages as the School of Engineering's international outreach activities, the Office of International Student Affairs for the Peabody Institute and the Center for Talented Youth's Distance Education program.

Each month, the site's home page will highlight a specific international program or initiative. Currently, it features the Center for Global Health, which bridges the international work of the schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, malnutrition and other threats to health, especially in developing countries. The center currently sponsors 436 international research projects, conducted by 150 faculty in more than 100 countries.

Thomas Quinn, director of the Center for Global Health and a member of the IACC, said that the site is a wonderful new resource for visitors and Johns Hopkins affiliates alike.

"This new site provides unique information about the international scope of Johns Hopkins University, which is greater than most other universities because of the diversity of the faculty and the educational programs here," Quinn wrote in an e-mail from Uganda.

Cranston said that she fully expects the Around the World site to grow over time. She hopes that by January 2008 it will include a searchable database and interactive map, similar to the one offered on the Center for Global Health's site, that will allow users to click on a country or region and get such details as the number of Johns Hopkins alumni living in a specific area, a list of all nearby JHU-affiliated centers and even what universities in that area offer collaborative programs with Johns Hopkins.

She said that the site, though still only weeks old, has already drawn a significant number of hits and a good deal of positive feedback.

"I think people already have a strong sense of how global Johns Hopkins has become," Cranston said. "We hope this site will allow us to communicate that fact even better."

To check out the site, go to

To suggest an addition, contact Cranston at


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