Our charter, accomplishments and partnerships generate a lot of interest from other institutions with an interest in what we are doing and how we do it. I regularly have the opportunity to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world to discuss our work and trajectory. In order to help demonstrate what makes ASU special, and with the help of countless teams across the university, we also develop fairly comprehensive agendas for these visitors. Our goal being to showcase not only the scope of our institution, but also the rapid pace and transdisciplinary nature of our environments.
In the last month alone, visitors to my office have included representatives from Purdue University, Drexel University, University of Hawaii, and Arizona's tribal nations - all with diverse interests related to access, sustainability, educational technology, and meeting student needs. These visits represent a fraction of the level of interest and subsequent inquiries fielded across ASU, and they speak directly to a growing understanding and respect for what our university does. They are also important because of the chance they give us to learn and to evolve new, creative and mutually beneficial partnerships, like the University Innovation Alliance.