The opening of the Sie International Relations Complex is truly an extraordinary start to the Spring Quarter at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Students and faculty have already begun utilizing new and renovated classrooms and gathering spaces. As with any undertaking of this magnitude, there are still some loose ends to tie up, but by and large our spaces are fully functional as we continue to settle in.
The Anna and John J. Sie International Relations Complex is gleaming today as the copper roof installation is nearly complete.
As we start a new year and reflect on 2015, there is much to celebrate at the Josef Korbel School. Thanks to the entire Korbel School community—our dedicated students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors—we continue to lead the way in bringing fresh perspectives and innovative thinking to the most pressing global issues of our time.
Our rigorous research program, which engages 25% of our graduate students, is on a tremendous trajectory, with more than $4 million in new project-related funding in 2015 alone. This past year our faculty published more than 80 books, peer-reviewed journal articles and policy reports, some co-authored by students. And our centers and institutes continued to bring the world to Denver, through 55 lectures and special events featuring globally renowned guest speakers.
In 2016, our School will be further transformed with the completion of the technologically-advanced Anna and John J. Sie International Relations Complex. There, our students will benefit from a uniquely collaborative learning environment which will enhance the skills necessary for their future careers.
I wish each of you a happy and healthy New Year and thank you for your support. Let’s get ready for an even bigger year in 2016!
Ambassador Christopher R. Hill
Dean, Josef Korbel School
The Anna and John J. Sie International Relations Complex now has a roof–and just in time to beat Denver’s first snow of the season. Still ahead is the installation of the copper on the roof, which is scheduled for completion by mid-December.
The Sie Complex spire is nearly done, and with its blue clay tiles in place, complements the roof of its neighbor, the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy.