Centers and Institutes for International Scholarship
Centers and Institutes for International Scholarship
An array of UB centers and institutes advance the study of
international issues, bringing students and faculty from many
disciplines together to examine topics ranging from languages and
literatures to global health and cross-border trade. The list of
selected UB centers and institutes on this page demonstrates the
diversity of global problems that UB scholars are addressing.
As the only member institution of the Association of American
Universities on the Canadian border, UB is a national leader in
terms of funded research on Canada.
Our position relative to Canada is a critical feature of our
institutional identity, and a variety of UB centers and institutes
support the study of issues relating to Canada and the binational
The Center for European Studies in the
College of Arts and Sciences supports scholarship and intellectual
exchange on political, cultural and social transformations of
contemporary Europe, as well as on Europe’s multiple
historical traditions and close connections to North
The center develops partnerships with
other universities and encourages collaboration across disciplinary
and geographic boundaries. Buffalo’s international spirit and
rich history of European immigration make European studies a
strategic area of study for UB scholars.
Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology
The Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology in the
College of Arts and Sciences supports the study, teaching and
research of the archaeology of Europe and the Mediterranean
The institute’s students and faculty have launched a
publication series and undertaken field projects, including
the excavation of Çatalhöyük, a world-famous
prehistoric site in Turkey, along with a major, multidisciplinary
research project that aims to provide information on how
prehistoric humans in three circumpolar regions responded to
The Institute of Jewish Thought and
Heritage in the College of Arts and Sciences is a multidisciplinary
research and academic center that focuses teaching and scholarship
on the critical role the Jewish tradition has played in the
development of Western civilization.
Established in 2009, the institute works
to increase the understanding of Judaism and aims to become a
full-fledged department that will award undergraduate and graduate
degrees in the field of Jewish studies.
The Confucius Institute at UB
promotes the teaching of Chinese language and culture in Western
New York, organizing events and programs that include Mandarin
classes for the public and business clients, cultural events such
as Chinese holiday celebrations and study tours for high
school students and K-12 teachers and administrators.
Established in 2010 as part of an
international network of more than 300 Confucius Institutes
worldwide, the institute is a collaborative effort involving
UB’s Asian Studies Program, the Chinese Language Council
International (Hanban) and Beijing's Capital Normal University, one
of UB’s long-time international partners. Major funding comes
from Hanban and the College of Arts and Sciences.
MCEER, UB’s Multidisciplinary
Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, develops tools and
technologies to equip communities to prepare and respond to
disasters, both natural and manmade.
In 2010 and 2011 alone, MCEER experts
assessed damage or participated in recovery efforts following major
earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and New Zealand.
On the ground in Haiti, the center has
partnered with Université Quisqueya to plan and deliver a
series of professional development seminars on how to design
buildings to withstand earthquakes. More than 500 Haitian
architects and engineers have attended, including several dozen
from Haiti’s Ministry of Public Works, Transport and
The Baldy Center for Law and Social
Policy in the UB Law School advances the interdisciplinary study of
law, legal institutions and social policy. Faculty members from
more than 30 departments take part in Baldy Center
The center’s global activities include funding
research on international legal issues and hosting distinguished
scholars from around the world as visitors, consultants and
conference participants. The center also maintains cooperative ties
to other interdisciplinary research centers and co-sponsors a
regional network of sociolegal scholars in New York and
Center for Comparative and Global Studies in Education
The Center for Comparative and Global
Studies in Education in the Graduate School of Education
coordinates courses, academic programs and scholarly activities for
students and faculty interested in international comparative and
global studies in education.
The center also maintains a library with
comparative education references and provides a home for visiting
Pavani Ram, an assistant professor of social and preventive medicine, is looking for simple solutions to pressing public health problems: namely, how to prevent the spread of disease from unsanitary conditions.
Following a destructive earthquake in Haiti, MCEER, UB’s Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, is partnering with a Haitian university to train engineers and architects to design buildings that can better withstand earthquakes.
The Colombian city of Pasto, population 400,000, and several small villages sit at the foot of Galeras Volcano. Galeras is a threat, and UB’s Center for GeoHazards Studies is working to improve the community's disaster preparedness.
In a region of the world where tsunamis and monsoons threaten millions of lives, the UB/Amrita Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute (UBARI) initiates and supports research on topics including trauma, extreme events and disaster management.