History

The International Projects Office emerged out of UW–Madison’s partnership with Nazarbayev University (NU), an English-language research university in Astana, Kazakhstan, that was established in 2010. UW–Madison is a member of NU’s original group of strategic international higher education institutional partners and the partnership’s first service contract was signed in 2011. The focus of this partnership has been to connect the experience and expertise of UW faculty and staff with NU faculty, administrators, staff, and students to help build a sustainable institution. Following the success of this partnership, our office was created to facilitate the development of similar partnerships for UW faculty, staff, and units. At its core, we aim to facilitate capacity-building projects fundamentally informed by the Wisconsin Idea—that universities exist to support and contribute to the development of societies in which they are situated.