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.