Cornell University

International Programs

117 Ives Hall, 607-254-7255


October 11 2006

Message From the Chair

Sarosh KuruvillaI was very pleased with the response to our last newsletter. Several people wrote, called, and some even visited the ILR school as a result. I am glad that our effort to re-connect with our alumni around the world is working so well.

We continue to make progress in internationalizing the school. We have been successful in recruiting a China scholar, Mary Gallagher, who comes to us from the University of Michigan and will be teaching several China related courses for our students. We are currently searching for more faculty with international and comparative interests.

We have embarked on an ambitious program of negotiating exchange relationships with universities abroad to give our undergrads an opportunity to have an international experience. We will be concluding an agreement with University College at Dublin shortly. Thanks to the generosity of ILR alumnus Michael Borkan, BS ’79,we recently created an exchange relationship with the University of Warwick for faculty and students. 

The international internship opportunities for our undergraduates continue to expand under the able leadership of Professor Clete Daniel, although this is an area where you can help us further extend our reach. Our undergraduate students are quite an adventurous bunch, willing to travel far and wide in their search for knowledge! Opportunities in Africa are particularly welcomed. Many of our students are interested in volunteering with NGOs as well.

Our incoming MILR class this year had students from India, China, Canada, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Korea, Mexico, and Japan. These diverse students, trained in the U.S., represent a perfect international resource in these days when talent is so scarce. We are very happy with the feedback from the corporations who recruit international students at ILR.  

Increasingly we are using our video-conferencing equipment to integrate students across the globe. Professors Jim Gross, Lance Compa and myself regularly teach courses that involve our students in Ithaca as well as students and professionals working at the ILO in Geneva, Switzerland. Some of my collective bargaining classes involve students from Queens University in Canada participating via video. Global classrooms have come to stay. We are looking for ways to connect with other institutions around the globe to help provide our students with an international classroom experience.

Cornell University and the ILR School are in the beginning stages of a capital campaign where ILR's goal is tentatively set to raise 60 million dollars over a period of 5 years. Dean Harry Katz will be engaged full-time in this effort, a key part of which will include fundraising to support more international opportunities for ILR students.

Please do think of stopping by when you are traveling in this area. Our students will benefit from your expertise and experience. And if you cannot travel, no problem, students would welcome the opportunity to talk with you via video.

Sarosh Kuruvilla
Chair, ILR International Programs
Professor, Comparative Industrial Relations, Collective Bargaining, and Southeast Asian Studies