While it may be a small world after all, it's still easy to get lost in it. But navigating the complex dimensions of Cornell University's global profile just got a whole lot simpler thanks to the International Gateway, on the Web at http://www.international.cornell.edu/.
The International Gateway offers a single point of access to Cornell's international programs and the international research, teaching and outreach work of its faculty and students.
"Until now, the sheer multiplicity of Cornell's international endeavors rendered it difficult to obtain an overview or to locate information on particular programs or research projects quickly and easily," said David Wippman, Cornell's vice provost for international programs.
"As higher education at Cornell and elsewhere becomes increasingly international in so many ways, the Gateway will prove an invaluable resource in helping to organize and present the university's rapidly growing international profile."
In production since 2003, the Gateway is a universitywide project coordinated and built by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. Nic van de Walle, director of the Einaudi Center, points out that the Einaudi Center "has devoted considerable resources to the gateway project because it nicely extends and complements our own mission to promote and enhance international studies at Cornell."
The Web site is designed to showcase the scope of Cornell's international commitment and stands as the largest collection of links to international resources at the university. It also serves as the main Web site for publicizing Cornell's many international initiatives, programs and activities.
According to Todd Markelz, Web administrator for the Einaudi Center, "The Gateway makes Cornell's international resources available to members of the campus community, researchers around the world and prospective students and scholars, as well as business, education, government, the media and the general public."
The Web site's home page is divided into three main sections: Topics, University Units and World Regions. Within these sections are discrete categories representing different international dimensions of Cornell.
"Having the site broken into three sections allows users to select the method of browsing that best suits their needs," said Markelz. "If users are only interested in the international library resources at Cornell, they would go through the Topic section and into Library Resources. If they are interested in what Cornell has to offer on Africa, they would go through the World Region section and into Africa."
Einaudi Center staff will maintain the Gateway and continue to develop new sections and features as Cornell deepens its international involvement. The center also remains committed to working with units from all parts of the campus to ensure that the Web site remains a true universitywide effort. Brendan O'Brien, director of Cornell's International Students Scholars Office (ISSO), said the Gateway "will provide a great service to our international students and scholars and all members of the Cornell community. It will bring together a great wealth of information about the incredible variety of international activities at Cornell. The ISSO is extremely thankful to the Einaudi Center for their efforts in this endeavor."