International Programs

Researchers throughout the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany collaborate with universities and community organizations in countries from South Korea, China and Russia to South Africa and Peru. In the process, they pave the way for undergraduates, MSW students, and Ph.D. candidates to experience social work in other nations. Among research projects past and present:

  • In Indonesia, shortly after the 2004 tsunami, two UAlbany faculty members conducted "train the trainer" workshops, enabling mental health professionals to get essential services to those most in need.
  • In Peru, four professors and two MSW students developed community programs, fostered a network among four universities, initiated research on domestic violence, and funded sewing machines for village women. In addition our school helped launch the first Ph.D. program in social work in Peru.
  • Two professors have worked with a survivor of the Rwanda genocide to help children orphaned during the conflict. One is studying how trauma is experienced in Rwandan culture and what techniques indigenous counselors have developed to cope with it.
  • In Ireland, one UAlbany professor has conducted highly acclaimed research on the unique issues surrounding people with both intellectual disabilities and dementia.
  • Together with three South African universities, a UAlbany social welfare professor founded the U.S.-Africa Partnership for Building Stronger Communities. Since 2000, the partnership has hosted annual study tours and spawned cooperative initiatives to deal with HIV/AIDS and other significant issues.
  • The School of Social Welfare has enjoyed a "sister university" relationship with Hallym University in South Korea. Extensive student and faculty exchanges have helped to shape the country's new child welfare system and spawned a multi-site project to reduce family poverty.
  • Since taking part in a mission to Russia, School faculty have collaborated with a Russian professor to publish four social work textbooks -- two of which are required reading for Russian social work students. Recent initiatives include work on aging and disaster preparedness as part of a deepening collaboration with a Russian university.
  • In China, a UAlbany professor is working to address aging issues. His latest textbook, translated into Chinese, will serve as a critical resource as the country grapples with its aging population. UAlbany faculty are also collaborating with their Chinese counterparts to research high-need youth.
  • In Haiti, post-disaster research has led to empowerment of local leaders and non-governmental organizations.