Developing a cohort of future leaders

The McDonnell International Scholars Academy provides the network with which Washington University in St. Louis incubates new ideas and mentors future leaders. Through our partnerships, we lead groundbreaking research projects and prepare our Scholars to be effective leaders in a global community.


symposium logo 201835 Premier universities united to address the world’s most critical problems of the 21st century at the McDonnell Academy 7th International Symposium, cohosted by Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Plenary, lecture and workshop sessions were held at the Grand Hyatt Beijing and on Tsinghua University’s campus.

Read more about the Symposium highlights.


3.12.2018–McDonnell Academy NYC cohort trip. (Photos by Joe Angeles/WUSTL Photos)

Creating an international network

The McDonnell Academy affirms the United States’ interest in attracting talented international and domestic students for advanced educational experiences and allows the university to learn more about the global community. To ensure the highest quality, the Academy is focused and small, involving a limited number of Scholars and Partner Universities.

In creating an international network of research universities, WashU is developing a cohort of future leaders in a global university system, promoting global awareness and social responsibility.