MU’s Global Footprint
Mizzou is an international force.
With the MU campus as home base, students study abroad, faculty collaborate with researchers worldwide and international alumni increasingly form chapters. Mizzou is an international force — and that’s no globaloney.
Research on a Global Scale
According to the 2013 QS World University Rankings of 678 research institutions, MU ranked 17th for communication and media studies, 45th for forestry and agriculture, and 151st–200th for history, philosophy and education.
MU’s more than 2,000 international students represent 120 countries and make up 6.5 percent of total enrollment and 22 percent of graduate students. Mizzou has the largest number of international students of any Missouri higher education institution. They contributed an estimated $417.9 million to the Missouri economy in 2012.
In 1986, officials from the University of Missouri System and the University of Western Cape launched an academic and research exchange program to aid South Africans disadvantaged by their government’s apartheid policies. It was the first such agreement between a U.S. university and a historically black South African university.
Since 1998, a total of 49 Mizzou faculty members have won the prestigious Fulbright Scholar award, including Associate Professor of Art Cherie Sampson, an environmental artist whose Fulbright award enabled her to study the poetic traditions of the Karelian region in eastern Finland and the Finnish forest landscape.
A gift from the Chinese government in 1931, 600-year-old stone lions guarding the archway between Neff and Walter Williams halls symbolize MU’s history in international relations. The School of Journalism’s relationship with China began in 1908 with two Chinese students in an inaugural class of 64. In 1921, Mizzou alumni helped establish one of the first journalism programs in China at St. John’s University, Shanghai. At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, 59 Missouri journalism students served as news service interns.
About 1,300 MU students a year — the most of any Missouri school — prepare for global citizenship by studying or volunteering abroad through 300 programs in 50 countries.
MU has more than 200 agreements outside the U.S. with educational, corporate and government partners on six continents. Some of the agreements foster research collaborations that help Mizzou attract strong graduate students and more external funding. For example, Center for Agroforestry Director Shibu Jose is using $5.4 million of a $24 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Science and Technology in India to study sustainable energy production.
In 2006, the Mizzou Alumni Association added an international governing board member to represent about 3,300 MU graduates and eight alumni chapters overseas. Christine Chan, BJ ’06, MA ’08, now serves in the position, often participating in conference calls from her home in Singapore.
China, India and South Korea contribute the most international students to Mizzou. International Admissions Director John Wilkerson and his staff visited 41 countries on five continents during the 2012–13 academic year.