Under the leadership of its 20th president, Dr. Lou Anna K. Simon, Michigan State University has made global awareness and engagement of our students, faculty, staff, and other constituencies an institutional priority. Just as MSU helped define the "land grant" university in the 19th and 20th centuries, we are now working to define what it means to be a "world grant" university in the 21st century. The Associate Dean for Global Initiatives, Professor Tomas Hult, highlighted that the Broad School's Global Initiatives are developed and implemented to support MSU's world-grant focus, to increase the international competitiveness of U.S. organizations, and to leverage the unique global brand of the Broad School.
Thinking globally has always been a priority at MSU. In 1956, MSU was the first major university in the U.S. to appoint a Dean of International Programs. Since the 1950s, MSU has been the largest university recipient of U.S. Agency for International Development funding. MSU also has the top study abroad program in the nation (Institute of International Education). Additionally, more than 470,000 alumni worldwide recall the MSU experience with gratitude and pride. Leaders throughout the world highly esteem MSU for the values it brings and the solutions it offers in global contexts.
These global solutions are developed and implemented by some 1,400 faculty members who are currently involved in international research, teaching, and service in more than 170 countries. The Broad School's faculty members represent 22 countries and all world regions. These faculty members are world renowned for their research on various international business topics (Management International Review, 2004) and they collectively have significant editorial influence in international business (Journal of International Business Studies, 2005).