On July 1, Hai-Lung Dai began his appointment as vice president for international affairs. In this newly created position, he reports to President Richard M. Englert.
“Vice President Dai’s strong global connections and international acumen will heighten Temple’s stature worldwide, enhancing partnerships, creating new alliances, welcoming international students and encouraging Temple students to build their global competencies and study abroad,” the president said.
Dai’s international affairs portfolio includes Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses, as well as International Services and Programs, which encompasses Global Programs, the Intensive English Language Program, International Admissions, International Marketing and Recruiting and International Student and Scholar Services.
Under Dai, three units will also transfer to International Affairs: the Confucius Institute, currently in the College of Liberal Arts; International Executive Leadership Education, from University College; and International Student Affairs, from the Division of Student Affairs.
“I want to thank President Englert and the Board of Trustees for entrusting me with this important responsibility,” Dai said.
He explained that he will lead the Office of International Affairs in working closely with faculty, the Provost’s Office, deans, Institutional Advancement, Alumni Relations, and the Research Office to implement a cohesive globalization strategy.
This strategy will encompass recruiting students abroad; supporting engagement of Temple students and faculty in international activities; establishing collaborative programs with foreign institutions; helping to organize overseas alumni; and empowering overseas campuses and programs to contribute to Temple’s mission and prosperity.
Since coming to Temple in 2007, Dai has held many important leadership roles in the university, including dean of the College of Science and Technology, senior vice provost for international affairs, interim provost, and provost, a position he held for more than three years.
With thousands of international students, campuses in Rome, Tokyo and Beijing, and more than 160 cooperations in 48 countries, Temple’s commitment to international collaboration and global education stands as a true force in academics, research and the arts worldwide.