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A New Name:

The International Division

As of July 1, 2015, the Division of International Studies has officially become The International Division, the culmination of a multi-year process of review and reorganization. Along with the name, we have adopted a tagline – “Advancing the Global Wisconsin Idea” – to highlight our campus-wide focus.

Changes also include the reorganization and renaming of the International Institute as the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS). The Institute and its member centers – which had been jointly administered since the mid-1990s by the College of Letters and Science and the Division – have shifted completely into The International Division, also effective July 1, 2015.

Over the course of the summer, we will continue putting these changes in place, including a new website aimed at strengthening the Division’s role of serving the campus. We will be sending out more about The International Division later, in advance of the fall semester.

In addition, the restructuring of IRIS will continue. For more on this, see this recent article: http://international.wisc.edu/blog/index.php/2015/06/25/institute-iris/

With these changes, we believe that The International Division is well-positioned to pursue our mission, working with all of our colleagues and partners across the UW-Madison campus: We lead campus efforts to cultivate international scholarship and engagement, promote global awareness, and prepare students for a diverse and interconnected world.

Guido A. Podesta
Vice Provost & Dean
The International Division
University of Wisconsin-Madison

International Institute renamed, with new structure, renewed mission

Created two decades ago as an umbrella for the area studies centers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the International Institute is undergoing a reorganization and, as of July 1, will take a new name, the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS).

In addition to the name change, the institute and its member centers are making an administrative move. Since the mid-1990s the institute has been administered jointly by the College of Letters and Science and the Division of International Studies, but now the institute and all of its constituent centers will shift administratively into the division.

The division itself has been undergoing restructuring and, as of July 1, will be called The International Division.

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