new director for study abroad

Western Michigan University's Office of Study Abroad welcomed Dr. Lee Penyak to campus May 23 to serve as the unit's new director. Read more at WMU News.

WMU officials serve as U.N. panelists

WMU President John M. Dunn and Dr. Wolfgang Schlör, associate provost for the University's Haenicke Institute for Global Education, served on panels at the United Nations on Friday, May 6, which were developed around the "Arab Knowledge Index," released in December 2015 by the United Nations Development Programme in the Arab States. The pair were invited by panel moderator Dr. Essam Heggy, an Egyptian-French-American space scientist who has ties to NASA and serves as a professor of geosciences at WMU. Photo gallery.

Welcome to the Haenicke Institute

The Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education aspires to be a worldwide leader in developing opportunities for global learning, discovery, and engagement. Founded in 1998, the institute serves as Western Michigan University’s hub for international exchange, activity, and initiatives and as a resource to guide and support internationalization of the academic and campus environment. Recognizing that WMU’s students, faculty, staff, and its international partners are integral to these efforts, the institute is committed to working closely with the University community to develop opportunities that support and sustain the global engagement pillar of the University’s mission by:

  • Forging and sustaining mutually beneficial international partnerships.
  • Recruiting a diverse population of international students and scholars.
  • Sending students, faculty and staff abroad.
  • Supporting internationalization of the curriculum.
  • Providing campus- and community-based opportunities for global engagement.
  • Engaging with alumni.

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For more information about globalization and internationalization programs, activities and initiatives, visit WMU's Global Engagement website.