The Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education, established by the Board of Trustees in 1998, creates and sustains an environment which facilitates the global engagement of the WMU community.
The institute is comprised of professional staff and faculty led by an associate provost who reports directly to the University provost. Institute staff work closely with the International Education Council of the WMU Faculty Senate, as well as with international education committees and projects within and across colleges.
WMU has a long history of international involvement, dating back to 1911, when the University granted its first degree to an international student. The University’s first study abroad program was launched in 1945 and the establishment of exchange relationships with international institutions began in 1961. WMU opened its first transnational education—or twinning—program in 1987.
The Haenicke Institute for Global Education houses the following units; Study Abroad, International Student & Scholar Services, Asian Initiatives, CELCIS: Center for English Language & Culture for International Students, Faculty Development and Global Programs and Global Engagement Activities.