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IU president deserves honor for international ties

  • Nov. 30, 2016

Editor's note: This story from The Bloomington Herald-Times is being published here as a courtesy for readers of IU in the News.

Editorial staff

Consider this belated congratulations to Indiana University Michael McRobbie for being named 2016 International Citizen of the Year in the state earlier this fall.

The International Center of Indianapolis established the award in 1985 to recognize Hoosiers who have fostered a world view in the state through business, culture, education, government, medicine, research, media, sports and community service. Others who have received the award include former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar; former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton, who was a member of Congress for 34 years; former Indiana Govs. Robert Orr and Mitch Daniels, now the president of Purdue University; and the IU-Kenya Partnership.

McRobbie has expanded existing international programs and initiated numerous new ones in extending IU’s reach around the globe. Among the many highlights are establishing IU’s new School of Global and International Studies; establishing the IU Global Gateway Network that includes offices in China, Germany and India; and leading university delegations to Africa, China, Germany, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South America, Southeast Asia and Turkey to build partnerships and agreements.

The international work is important and the honor well deserved.