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As part of the Vice Provost and the Dean of Research, the Office of International Affairs (OIA) facilitates new collaborations with international partners on behalf of Stanford's faculty and students to broaden and deepen the scope of international research at Stanford.


In 2013, the Office of International Affairs (OIA), in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning (VPOL), granted funding to develop innovative online and blended courses in collaboration with international non-Stanford faculty.

In recent years, there has been a buzz about the uses of technology and reaching millions of people around the world. Today, we use technologies like Skype or Google+ to speak and see people thousands of miles away.

Last year, Stanford University signed an agreement with the government of Brazil to bring some of its brightest graduate students and researchers to Stanford.

As we head into the spring and summer breaks, many in the Stanford community will be planning international travel, either for the holidays and/or for academic trips. One of the first things a traveler should do when travel plans have been confirmed is to register travel on the OIA travel registry.

In 1999, NASA  lost $125-million Mars Climate Orbiter because Lockheed Martin who built the spacecraft used metric units while the agency used English units for a key spacecraft operation. This single error caused the spacecraft to burn and break into pieces.

In keeping with Stanford University’s commitment to the arts, Jindong Cai, conductor of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, directs the 10th anniversary Pan-Asian Music Festival that will be held during the month of February.

Over the last decade, Stanford has provided exceptional online education opportunities to audiences all over the world.