International projects and partnerships advance the Wisconsin Idea—the principle that universities exist to support and contribute to the development of the societies in which they are situated—in a global context and in innovative ways. They highlight the wealth and variety of expertise on the UW–Madison campus and enable faculty, staff, and students to cultivate relationships with peers around the world. Partnerships provide valuable opportunities to share the university’s academic culture and engage with the culture of our partner institutions. In addition to these internal benefits, international projects and partnerships are also beneficial to our partner institutions (i.e. universities, foundations, governments, and research centers). The UW–Madison Partnership with Nazarbayev University illustrates some of these collaborative benefits.