As the University of Pittsburgh’s Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Dr. Ariel Armony will continue to advance the University’s Embracing the World philosophy. Since Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s arrival, Pitt has emphasized a new phase of institutional planning that places global learning, research, partnerships, and community engagement at the center of the University’s mission. Chancellor Gallagher and Provost Beeson charged Dr. Armony with leading the new global plan for Pitt, which he will continue to implement in his new role, along with his team at the University Center for International Studies (UCIS).
The goal of Embracing the World takes a strategic approach to international partnerships, encourages concerted decision-making that leads to transformational action across all Pitt units and campuses, and guides Pitt toward real-world impact through global learning and research. The plan is a product of domestic and international engagement with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners, and its implementation has already begun.
One initiative led by Dr. Armony has been to deepen Pitt’s relationship with UPMC by aligning the two institutions’ global efforts. Together, leadership from Pitt and UPMC International have made visits to strategic locations in China, Argentina, and Colombia. The visits have included meetings with government officials, hospital leadership, and executives of private insurance companies.
In addition, Dr. Armony and his team developed a three-year strategic plan for the Chancellor and Provost’s international travel. Dr. Armony led several trips abroad with Pitt leadership in the first year of the plan, including Colombia, China, and South Korea. The trip to Colombia notably included a meeting with the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 for his work in ending the country’s civil war. The delegation also met with key agencies in science funding, medical advancement, and education with the goal of increasing Pitt’s visibility in South America and furthering its global partnerships.
Dr. Armony has played a key role in the creation of the Chancellor’s new Global Advisory Council. The Global Advisory Council is a group of internationally focused, prominent University stakeholders who serve in executive-level positions of organizations with a connection to international affairs. The Global Advisory Council will provide guidance to the Chancellor and serve as Pitt advocates to various philanthropic, governmental, and corporate organizations.
The University of Pittsburgh’s robust international platform and commitment to global education have not gone unnoticed. We were selected as one of four institutions nationwide to receive NAFSA’s 2017 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. This is the highest honor bestowed by NAFSA: Association of International Educators to U.S. colleges and universities that are making significant, innovative strides toward institution-wide internationalization. This accomplishment is in no small part due to the University’s work to Embrace the World.