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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Our Mission and Work

Northwestern Buffett’s Idea Incubation Process empowers researchers and thought leaders from all walks of life to tackle complex problems together in a multicultural context. A creative and iterative approach helps groups produce substantive solutions to shared global challenges. Our 2022-23 Idea Incubation Process brought together more than 70 faculty members from nine Northwestern schools and 27 departments to engage in dialogue on approaches to addressing a broad spectrum of global challenges, which will result in new Global Working Groups dedicated to engaging in research activities for real-world impact.




Leaders in the 21st century must be agile thinkers and doers who can navigate ambiguity, embrace diverse viewpoints and rapidly adapt to new technologies. Northwestern Buffett’s Global Learning Office prepares students to collaborate effectively across borders of all kinds through international learning experiences that foster cross-cultural communication, collaboration, empathy and humility. Our Office of Global Safety and Security supports the health, safety and security of students, faculty and staff who travel abroad, while our Office of International Student and Scholar Services advises, advocates on behalf of and develops cultural exchange programming for Northwestern’s international populations. 

our-work-and-impact-impact.pngAs part of our mission to create new models of global collaboration, we’ve developed innovative ways to foster intellectual exchange on critical global challenges. This includes our Fireside Chat series, which provides a forum for leading thinkers. Northwestern Buffett also leads Secretariat activities for the U7+ Alliance of World Universities, a global coalition of higher education institutions spanning six continents and seeking to find solutions to global challenges in coordination with G7 governments and beyond.