A Lifesaving Embrace
In developing economies, 80 percent of premature and low-birth weight babies are born far from traditional hospitals and incubators. In the course Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability, a multidisciplinary team of Stanford engineering and business school students created a baby warmer that costs less than 1 percent of a traditional incubator. Jane Chen, MBA ’08, is co-founder and CEO of the nonprofit company Embrace, which introduced the first baby warmers in India in spring 2011. Other students in the course have focused on pedal-powered farm irrigation, solar powered lamps, and other low-cost innovations.
Leading Global Change
Countries in transition require a complex blend of political, economic, and legal expertise. Leaders from around the world can work with experts from across the university in Stanford’s Draper Hills Summer Fellowship program. Politicians, educators, lawyers, and others from more than 60 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the former Soviet Union work with distinguished faculty each summer through Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
Breaking New Ground in China
Stanford is expanding its presence in one of the world’s fastest growing nations. The Stanford Center at Peking University, slated to open in Beijing in 2012, will serve as a headquarters for Stanford students and faculty conducting research in China in every field of study, from political science to engineering. Scholars from both countries will combine their expertise on challenges like rural health care and education, sustainable development, and global economic stability. Housed in the new Lee Jung Sen Building, the center also will house the Bing Overseas Studies Program in Beijing.
Preparing International Policy Makers
In a world where problems cross international and academic borders, students need to understand the complex connections between issues such as poverty, natural resources, and interstate conflict. The Ford Dorsey International Policy Studies master’s program has expanded dramatically, from one to two years, with a revamped curriculum that better integrates study in the School of Humanities and Sciences with expertise at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, as well as the schools of law and business.
Making Scholarship Relevant
Complex global problems demand a blend of intellect and pragmatism. As an expert on climate change and food security, economist Roz Naylor draws from her research as a regular voice in publications like The New York Times. She holds the William Wrigley Senior Fellowship—a position jointly housed in the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies—and directs Stanford’s Center on Food Security and the Environment. Her senior fellowship “has helped me pursue research and at the same time engage with decision makers,” Naylor says.
- A Lifesaving EmbraceStanford students create a baby warmer that costs less than 1 percent of a traditional incubator.
- Leading Global ChangeWorld leaders work with university experts in the Draper Hills Summer Fellowship program.
- Breaking New Ground in ChinaStanford is expanding its presence in one of the world’s fastest growing nations.
- Helping China’s Rural PoorThe Rural Education Action Project is helping the rural poor in China.
- Preparing International Policy MakersAn expanded master’s program and revamped curriculum better prepares future international leaders.
- Making Scholarship RelevantSenior fellowships help faculty engage with decision makers.
ABOUT THE INITIATIVE
The International Initiative was jointly led by Elisabeth Paté-Cornell, the McMurtry Professor of Engineering and chair of the Department of Management Science and Engineering, and Coit Blacker, the Olivier Nomellini Professor in International Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Olivier Nomellini University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, and director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies—which was renamed in 2005 in recognition of a transformative gift from Brad Freeman, ’64, and Ron Spogli, ’70.
The initiative brought new faculty research funding, developed new courses, and promoted outreach to policy makers and the public—all focusing on three areas: pursuing peace and security; improving governance locally, nationally, and internationally; and advancing human well-being.
The decades ahead hold challenges we cannot foresee. But Stanford offers a community of experts working together as never before.