Boosting strategic impact

Emory faculty are working in more than 140 countries worldwide. That’s why we’re taking a strategic approach to our global engagement by establishing strong partnerships and expanding capacity in Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, and South Korea—building on our presence in these locations as our global networks continue to grow.


The rise of Zika and other vector-borne diseases has brought Emory’s experts on culture and history into conversation with our public health and environmental studies scholars as well as with Brazilian partners, leading to innovative cross-disciplinary projects. Recent partnerships with the São Paulo Research Foundation and Fulbright Brasil strengthen Emory’s ties with local agencies and facilitate increased faculty engagement.

More than 66 faculty work on issues related to Brazil
Nearly 500 publications coauthored with Brazilian counterparts
Our alumni chapter in São Paulo is engaged


China’s commitment to developing its research and educational capacity is evident in the many scholarships and funding opportunities provided by its Ministry of Education and Culture. These include the Confucius Institute in Atlanta, which supports Emory’s partnership with Nanjing University and Emory’s own Chinese language offerings. Emory collaborations with Chinese partners include the School of Law’s Visiting China Scholars program, which offers small groups of Chinese judges one month of immersion in the US legal system, and the Georgia Tech / Emory / Peking University Biomedical Engineering PhD program.

More than 157 faculty work on issues relating to China
More than 1,600 publications coauthored with Chinese counterparts
One in 12 Emory students is from China


Emory has an established on-the-ground network in Ethiopia and a reputation for health sciences excellence. This is due in large part to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing’s community-based breakthroughs in maternal and newborn health as well as its work with Addis Ababa University to develop Ethiopia’s first PhD program in nursing. Emory’s health experience in Ethiopia extends to a diversity of areas such as infectious disease, ophthalmology, and radiology. Ethiopia is also one of six sites for the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance project, a multiyear effort funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to determine the causes of death and sickness in children under five.

More than 61 faculty work on issues relating to Ethiopia
More than 120 publications coauthored with Ethiopian counterparts
More than 117 faculty trips each year


Emory’s first-class research capabilities and stellar reputation attract top Indian students and research partners. Existing areas of strength include the Emory-Tibet Partnership; the Joint International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology–Emory Global Vaccine Center; the Emory Global Diabetes Research Center; and the Center for the Control of Chronic Conditions, an international partnership with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the Public Health Foundation of India. In 2016–2017, Ambassador Arun Singh, former Indian ambassador to the United States, was named a Halle Distinguished Fellow, visiting Emory several times and forming relationships with faculty invested in the region.

More than 164 faculty work on issues relating to India
Top destination for faculty with work abroad
Home to third-largest Emory international student population

South Korea

South Korea has a unique profile among Emory’s strategy countries based primarily on exceptionally vibrant students and alumni activity, along with the potential for increased faculty engagement. Emory alumni include a former prime minister and Korean ambassador to the US (Hong-koo Lee), a deputy prime minister and president of the Korean Red Cross (Wan-sang Han), a president of Methodist Theological University (Young-ihl Chang), and a film distribution industry CEO (Woo-taek Kim), among others. Since the launch of the 2015 global strategies, Emory has signed a formal strategic partnership agreement with Yonsei University, one of the three most prestigious institutions in the country, to offer jointly funded grants to faculty for collaborative projects between the two institutions. Supported projects include pioneering alternatives to stem cell research through cellular reprogramming, as well as studying the impact of genetic diversity on cancer treatment.

More than 49 faculty work on issues relating to South Korea
More than 700 publications coauthored with South Korean counterparts
Home to second-largest Emory international student population