Global Reach. Global Impact.

Global engagement, research and learning opportunities at the University of Massachusetts allow faculty and undergraduate and graduate students on all of our campuses to become more productive and responsive citizens. We strive to increase the number of students and faculty that have international experiences while at the University to ensure the sound foundation for membership in a global society.

Undergraduates and graduate students have the opportunity to work with our outstanding faculty and they can participate in global research activities at their home campus and abroad. The University of Massachusetts offers many opportunities for students to participate in international education through traditional study abroad and exchange programs.

Research conducted and discoveries made by our faculty make our campuses dynamic centers of inquiry. Often the most cutting-edge research conducted by our award-winning faculty is done in collaboration with international colleagues at the top of their respective field. This high-level international collaboration not only advances opportunities of the future but it helps to identify and solve the challenges that face our world.  

Some examples of our faculty’s Global Reach. Global Impact.

  • Eight UMass Amherst faculty members are among “the world’s leading scientific minds,” whose publications are among the most influential in their fields, according to a 2014 survey by Thomson Reuters. UMass Amherst faculty members, all from the College of Natural Sciences, are chemist Vincent Rotello, polymer scientist Thomas Russell, soil chemist Baoshan Xing, microbiologist Derek Lovley, astronomer Mauro Giavalisco, and food scientists Eric Decker, David Julian McClements, and Yeonhwa Park.

  • UMass Boston's Professor Maria Ivanova, an internationally recognized expert on global environmental governance, is one of 26 global experts chosen to advise UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on science, technology, and innovation for sustainable development. The scholars come from the fields of natural, social and human sciences and will work to ensure that up-to-date and rigorous science is appropriately reflected in high-level policy discussions within the UN system.

  • Kamal Bawa, a professor of biology at UMass Boston for more than four decades, has received the 2014 MIDORI Prize in Biodiversity, awarded for outstanding local and global contributions to biodiversity conservation and sustainability. Bawa is the Distinguished Professor of Biology at UMass Boston and president of the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), a research institute based in Bangalore, India, that has been named Asia’s No. 1 environmental think tank. Bawa received the MIDORI Prize in recognition of his research on the ecology and sustainable use of tropical forests, his study of climate change in the Himalayas; his work promoting engagement of civil society in conservation efforts; and his leadership role at ATREE, which he founded in 1996.

  • UMass Dartmouth recently signed a memorandum of agreement to form a new partnership with the University of Abuja, located in Nigeria’s capital city of the same name. The agreement is the first one between UMass and a university in Africa and establishes a framework for collaboration in teaching, research and service.

  • At UMass Lowell, Dr. Laura Punnett’s students will be working with one of the top researchers internationally in the epidemiology of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. She is a leader internationally in public health and ergonomics.

  • Katherine Luzuriaga, an immunology professor of pediatrics and Associate Provost for Global Health at UMass Worcester, has been named by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world. She has long been a pioneer in both the prevention of perinatal transmission of HIV infection and in innovative strategies for rebuilding the medical education infrastructure in Liberia post its civil war. Her recent breakthrough with colleagues in virology and pediatrics, which led to prolonged HIV-remission in an infant, has received world-wide attention. Their work provides the world with a historic opportunity to control the spread of HIV.