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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Our Work and Impact

fostering-transnational-dialogue.jpgAs part of our mission to create new models of global collaboration, we’re building a global community for multilingual dialogue. The community, Meridian 180, brings scholars and practitioners together for meaningful collaboration across cultural and linguistic borders. Meridian 180 community members cross the divide between the academy, industry and public sector to identify gaps in research and programming in areas where it is vitally needed to address global challenges. Our members are scholars, lawyers, policymakers, activists and business professionals who convene for the kind of “free form” dialogue and intellectual risk taking that can surface novel approaches to addressing complex global challenges. 

catalyzing-transnational-research.jpgNorthwestern 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 as defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In 2020-21, more than 120 researchers from 45 Northwestern University departments and 10 Northwestern schools have participated in the Idea Incubation Process, which will result in new Global Working Groups dedicated to engaging in research activities for real-world impact.

facilitating-international-education--cultural-exchange.jpgLeaders 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. 

Learn more about our work and impact.