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IU President Michael McRobbie Goes To Asia

IU President McRobbie is leading a delegation to Asia with the goal of strengthening the university's international ties.

McRobbie goes to Japan

Photo: Courtesy of Indiana University

IU President Michael McRobbie talks with Osaka University President Toshio Hirano.

Indiana University president Michael McRobbie is leading a two week university delegation to Asia.

This is McRobbie’s fifth trip to China since becoming IU’s president. His goal is to strengthen the university’s international ties with educational institutions and alumni in Asia.

McRobbie’s attention to global affairs has been a major part of his presidency, with visits to three continents in the last three years.

A visible example of this global approach is the new School for Global and International Studies which is currently under construction and scheduled to open in fall 2015.

IU spokesperson Mark Land says McRobbie’s global vision does not mean he is neglecting domestic student affairs.

“It’s not a zero-sum game,” Land says. “It’s not like by trying to enhance our reputation internationally we’re turning our back on the state of Indiana. We still are the flagship institution in the state of Indiana.”

Land says these trips and almost all the president’s travel are paid for by donations through the IU foundation.

Casey Kuhn

Casey Kuhn is a reporter working for WFIU/WTIU news. Originally from Cincinnati, she recently graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in journalism. Her main interests are dogs, baseball, and food. Follow her online at @CaseyAtTheDesk.

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  • Bob Eckert

    If McRobbie isn’t careful, the entire student population of IU will be from other countries, but since the majority of Indiana students graduating high school don’t really care anymore about education, I suppose that is a good strategy to keep IU’s lights on although the state might feel after awhile that it’s time that IU become a private school. That would be more in line with what Republicans feel about education; that only the rich deserve it and the poor are there to serve the rich until they die from it.

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