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.


Canada-Related Research

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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 relationship.

Center for European Studies

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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 America.

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

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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 world.

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 climate change.

Institute of Jewish Thought and Heritage

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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.

Confucius Institute

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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.

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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 Communication.

The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy

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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 activities.

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 Canada.

Center for Comparative and Global Studies in Education

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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 scholars.