"We see new evidence each day of the increasingly global context for the human experience. Adequate preparation of our students requires that they be able to learn from and work in more than one culture." – Rice University President David Leebron (V2C2 - Vision for the Second Century, Second Decade)
"We will increase our impact and visibility nationally and globally through digital education, global presence and alumni engagement." – Rice University President David Leebron (V2C2 - Vision for the Second Century, Second Decade)
Beginning when Edgar Odell Lovett made his grand tour around the world, Rice was envisioned as a university with an international perspective and an international contribution to make. Just as the hedges that surround our campus must not be our campus boundary, neither must the boundaries of Houston, our state, or our country.
Rice's international orientation is reflected today by our partnerships with universities in China, France, England, Mexico, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Turkey, South Africa, Australia, and Germany, and other countries around the globe. The research of our faculty spans the globe—from the ambitious Nest 360 project aiming to reduce child mortality in Africa to NanoJapan which provides science and engineering research opportunities to students in Japanese laboratories. These are but a sample of the global research perspective of Rice.
We also seek to bring the world to our students, through the research of our faculty as well as the growing presence of international students and professors. We bring students and scholars from more than 90 countries to Texas. We also seek to deliver our students to the world in the form of study-abroad initiatives in more than 60 countries. Rice undergraduates and graduate students have access to Rice-sponsored international experiences in countries quite literally around the globe and in every habitable continent.