Engaging Abroad - Corporate Partnerships Beyond the Backyard
Assistant Director, Corporate Relations │ University Advancement
Carnegie Mellon University
Engaging Abroad – Corporate Partnerships Beyond the Backyard
Carnegie Mellon University is renowned for its ability to attract and educate the top minds from all over the world, from diverse backgrounds and with increasing international reach. Here on the corporate relations team, we are working to become increasing friendly to international business as well. By partnering with city and regional agencies who deploy colleagues around the globe in search of business partnerships, we afford ourselves as partners in educating these individuals on the capabilities and research strengths of Carnegie Mellon. Together, this work is driven to develop economic development opportunities for our region, to offer more opportunity to our students, faculty, and citizens alike.
We take an active role by being a part of the ecosystem that drives the companies with opportunities to take a closer look at Carnegie Mellon and the Pittsburgh region in general. We often are hosting teams and delegations from countries such as Hong Kong, Slovenia and Australia to name a few. The structure of the on campus meetings are often high level in nature at first, to ensure we do not expend precious faculty time, but granular enough so that we can establish next steps towards building a mutually beneficial partnership. Highlighting the strengths of Carnegie Mellon University to a diverse audience of individuals who may be less familiar is a refreshing challenge to ensure we too are constantly working to articulate our best vision outward, and that we maintain our integrity as approachable and capable. Often times, these interactions also allow us to activate more individuals to then work on behalf of CMU when they are abroad, and in discussions with companies and firms overseas.
Ultimately, the goal of these international campus meetings with a possible partner, is to ensure that both sides leave with a solid understanding of how our two sets of objectives and capacities can match and effectively strike up a relationship together. Through sponsored research, student capstone projects, recruitment, co-location, and much more the opportunities to partner with international companies certainly exist, and investing on the educational component on the front end to be transparent with how those engagements work at a US university is also key to ensuring that everyone feels well positioned and has a vested understanding of opportunity.