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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

About Us

In January 2015, a $100 million gift transformed a small international research center into the Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Studies. In fall 2018, the Institute entered an exciting new stage of growth and transformation with the arrival of Annelise Riles, Buffett Institute executive director and associate provost for global affairs.

After months of faculty and staff conversations, research, and collaboration with many campus entities, we are pleased to announce our next phase as the Northwestern Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs. This is more than a name change; it's a new mission, a new model for research and engagement, and set of shared priorities that promise even more global opportunities for our organization and the University as a whole.

Supporting the University's Global Strategy

Under the Office of the Provost, the Buffett Institute will drive and support the University’s global ambitions: to globalize the University, to catalyze the new ideas that will define our time, and to train the next generation of global leaders. By building the capacity of new and existing global offices, the Institute will improve services and increase opportunities for all Northwestern faculty, students, and staff. 

In the short term, that includes working closely with Provost Holloway to develop a global strategy for the University. We have launched a digital, multilingual platform to help scholars discuss critical global issues, exploring possibilities for global partnerships with international universities, and improving communication to Northwestern’s local, national, and global audiences.

The Institute’s new Global Collaboration team will help cultivate and sustain international partnerships with leading global universities, amplifying our collective access to resources and expertise. They, along with other Northwestern Buffett teams, will help grow a global network for students, scholars, and practitioners to connect with distinguished faculty, peers, and leaders across disciplines and industry sectors.

Enhancing Global Opportunities for the Community

To achieve these goals, we have consolidated several global offices across the University and within the Institute under the Associate Provost for Global Affairs. This allows for new learning and research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as enhanced services for our international students, scholars, and faculty.

By providing new organizational clarity for global activities across Northwestern, we have an unprecedented opportunity to increase Northwestern’s global strength and presence, and to amplify our impact on our students, faculty, staff, and the world. The changes will ensure Northwestern students graduate with the widest worldview possible, magnify expertise that addresses global concerns across the world, and facilitate the integration of that expertise with theory and practice. 

It’s been an impactful year so far for global affairs at Northwestern, and we’ve only just begun. We encourage you to subscribe to news and event updates to keep up with the latest.