Our partners range from universities to non-governmental agencies, and allow us to increase education and research opportunities across the globe.
Kent State University has a long history of collaborating internationally. Our partners include universities, institutions of higher education, secondary schools, governmental agencies, non-governmental agencies, and private sector companies.
The most successful and active partnerships typically are a result of one or two committed faculty members from each institution who coordinate and promote the collaboration among their peers and students. The International Partnerships Division is here to assist with the development of any formal documentation of the relationship such as a Memorandum of Agreement or contract. You may navigate our website or contact us for more information about these programs.
A Message to our PartnersJanuary, 2018
We're excited to welcome another year with you as 2018 begins. Although the spring semester has just begun, the KSU campus is cold and covered in a thin blanket of snow. Students are bundled in warm clothing as they walk from class to class and summer couldn't seem further away. As always, a new year and a new semester mean changes here at Kent State. As the Office of Global Education continues to welcome an increasing number of international students, we are developing new tools to help students from partner universities who plan to study at Kent State University.
We have recently updated our Visiting Student Handbook that addresses the concerns our partners and their students typically have about preparing to attend Kent State. The handbook covers important deadlines, the admission process, finances and pre-departure considerations. We also detail the steps students must take when they arrive at Kent State.
We hope the updates to the handbook help you to better understand the application process and campus life a little bit better and we look forward to the year ahead!
- Click Here to view and download the full handbook.
Sarah J. Malcomb
Director of Partnerships, Marketing and Communications
Office of Global Education
In the News
Kent State and Brazil’s Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná Partner to Launch the American Academy.
May 3, 2018 - The presidents of the two universities formally signed the agreement in a special ceremony at Kent State.
Kent State Signs Partnership with Jazan University
April 24, 2017 - Vice President of Jazan University in Saudi Arabia, Professor Sultan Hasan Al-Hazmi met with members of the Kent State faculty and staff to sign two partnership agreements between the two universities.
Kent State Signs Partnership Agreement with Xi'an University
March 8, 2017 - A delegation from Xi'An International Studies University (XISU) in China led by President Wang Junzhe met with members of the Kent State faculty and staff to sign a partnership agreement between the two universities.
Kent State Forms Partnership With Kyoto University
December 15, 2016 - The Department of Anthropology at Kent State University established a 5-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Primate Research Institute at Kyoto University in Japan.
March, 2016 - Universities formally recognize their elevated strategic partners relationship.
Japanese Delegation Visits Kent State
March, 2016 - "Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan" Program offers insights from Japanese citizens of various backgrounds.
KSU Renews Partnership with Shanghai Normal University
Jan, 2016 - The two will continue to work together through collaborations and exchange programs.
Associate Director of Liquid Crystal Institute Collaborates with Scientists around the World
Feb, 2016 - Dr. Peter Palffy-Muhoray travels to Brazil to make connections with field experts and promote the program to prospective students.
Porthouse International Academy
Feb, 2016 - International students get an in-depth look at the inner workings of an American theatre.
Director of Biotechnology Program Travels to Partner Universities
Feb, 2016 - Dr. Edgar Kooijman was invited to Pontifical University Catholic of Parana in Brazil to discuss possible collaborations.
Kent State Signs Agreement with Hanoi University
Nov, 2015 - KSU expands partnerships in Vietnam that will allow a student exchange program.
Kent State Museum Presents @Infinitum Exhibit
Nov, 2015 - KSU collaborates with Sichuan University and Hebei Normal University in China in a cross-cultural art exhibition.
The Office of Global Education International Partnership Division at Kent State University has the pleasure of welcoming our newest partners. We are eager to witness the many opportunities for joint research and faculty and student activities.
Sarah J. Malcolm
Director of International Partnerships, Marketing & Communications
Sarah J. Malcolm is the Director of International Partnerships, Marketing & Communication for the Office of Global Education at Kent State University. She oversees international partnership development, international agreements and contracts, and coordinates marketing and communication activities focused on international student recruitment and retention and promotion of study abroad. Before joining the Office of Global Education in 2011 she served as a Strategic Analyst for the Office of the Provost and as an Academic Advising Coordinator for the College of Arts & Sciences. Prior to working at Kent State University she was an educator in Costa Rica.
Malcolm is active in several professional organizations and currently serves on the board of directors for the NASPA International Education Knowledge Community. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Arts in Spanish Literature degrees from Kent State University.
- NASPA: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
- NAFSA: The Association of International Educators
- NCMA: National Contract Management Association
- 2012 Mothers, Mentors, and Muses Award
- Member, Board of Trustees, Coleman Professional Services
- Leadership Portage County Class of 2013
- Member, Board of Trustees, United Way of Portage County July 2010-December 2013
- Graduate, Citizens Police Academy 2012
- Member, Kent Community Timebank
Marketing and Communication Specialist
Associate Director, International Partnerships
Valerie Reed joined the Office of Global Education in October 2018 after working for 7 years with faculty and students in the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies. Valerie’s role as Associate Director of International Partnerships involves working with university partners on various types of agreements and managing relationships with recruitment agents overseas. Valerie's previous experience was as an investigator for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and a paralegal.
Valerie holds a Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Personnel from Kent State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was an exchange student in Argentina and loves working with others who share her enthusiasm for international education.
Kent State University has a long history of hosting international students from nearly 100 countries. Many of these students come from our partner universities and the Office of Global Education offers a multitude of services to make the transition easier and more enjoyable for students studying abroad here at Kent State.