Universities with Overseas Government or Commercial Research Facilities or Labs

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Universities with Overseas Government or Commercial Research Facilities or Labs

Georgia Tech is currently operating research facilities in France, China, Panama, and Singapore. Georgia State University has signed research collaboration agreements with nine foreign universities but has not opened any research facilities outside of the United States.


  • The Georgia Tech-Lorraine campus is located in Metz, France.
  • An international joint laboratory created by Georgia Tech and the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) called UMI 2958 GT-CNRS is located within the campus.
  • The UMI 2958 GT-CNRS focuses on researching III-nitride optoelectronics, mechanics of materials, nonlinear optical dynamics and nonlinear optics, terahertz, acoustics/nondestructive evaluation, robotics, and network information systems.
  • The main objectives of the laboratory are to “conduct cutting-edge collaborative international research,” “facilitate the exchange of researchers and students between Georgia Tech and France,” and “create a hub for French and Georgia Tech researchers to build research programs funded by French, U.S., European and international agencies.”
  • Georgia Tech and CNRS have signed collaborative research agreements with other laboratories based in SUPELEC, the University of Lorraine, and the University of Franche-Comté.
  • Abdallah Ougazzaden is the Director of UMI 2958 GT-CNRS. He can be contacted via email (aougazza@georgiatech-metz.fr) or phone (+33 (0)387203923).



  • The Georgia Tech Panama Logistics Innovation and Research Center is located in Panama City, Panama.
  • It was jointly created by Georgia Tech and the “Panamanian Government via the National Secretariat of Science Technology and Innovation (SENACYT).”
  • The research center focuses on teaching and researching technologies/tools that could help to develop the logistics and trade capabilities of Panama.
  • The strategic objectives of the center are to “improve the logistics performance of the country and to aid in developing the logistics and trade capabilities that will enable Panama to become the trade hub of the Americas.”
  • The Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute will provide the research center with its expertise in logistics capabilities. The local academic partners include Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá, Universidad Latina de Panamá, and Universidad Santa María la Antigua.
  • Don Ratliff and John Bartholdi are Co-Executive Directors of the research centers (Atlanta contact). Their email addresses are don.ratliff@gatech.edu and john.bartholdi@isye.gatech.edu respectively.
  • Jorge Barnett is the Managing Director of the research center (Panama contact). He can be contacted via jorge.barnett@gatech.pa. The main phone number for the center is (+507) 395-3030.


  • The Center for Next Generation Logistics (C4NGL) is located within the National University of Singapore (NUS) campus based in Singapore.
  • It was jointly created by Georgia Tech and NUS.
  • The research center focuses on researching “simulation, modeling, and optimization in logistics and supply chain management systems.”
  • The purpose of setting up the center is to enhance the value of doing business in Singapore by “helping to reduce the cost, time, and risk of moving from knowledge discovery to innovation and commercialization in supply chain and logistics (SC&L) systems” and “harnessing the intellectual and creative capabilities of Academia for service to society through SC&L research and innovation.”
  • Its objective is to “perform cutting-edge research in logistics for translation into innovations and their commercialization intended to achieve transformative economic and societal impact.”
  • When the C4NGL was launched, Georgia Tech and NUS’ Faculty of Engineering committed S$1.2 million (US$873,713) in seed funding to the center over a two-year period. As part of the partnership, both universities are also providing integrated academic programs at the center.
  • Chelsea White III is the Director of the center (Atlanta contact). He can be contacted via email (cwhite@isye.gatech.edu) or phone (404-894-2303).
  • Chew Ek Peng and Lee Loo Hay are the Co-Directors of the center (Singapore contact). Their email addresses are isecep@nus.edu.sg and iseleelh@nus.edu.sg respectively.



According to Georgia Tech’s website, the school is currently running overseas research facilities in Metz (France), Shenzhen (China), Panama City (Panama), and Singapore. The Georgia Tech, Emory, and Peking University Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. program has not been examined as it is only an academic program with classes held in Georgia Tech and Peking University (Beijing, China). Please note that sources older than two were used to provide key information for Georgia Tech-Shenzhen campus’s Center for Green Buildings and Sponge Cities, Georgia Tech Panama Logistics Innovation and Research Center, and the Centre for Next Generation Logistics due to limited information provided on the websites of their respective research facilities and articles published recently.
To identify GSU’s overseas research facilities, we first examined its web pages for the Office of International Initiatives and research. An examination of the PantherGLOBAL database has revealed that GSU is actively engaged in research collaboration projects with nine universities around the world. To view the list of universities, select “Research Collaboration” and “Active” for “Activity Type” and “Status” respectively. However, an examination of each collaboration overview and related articles has revealed that these partnerships did not involve the setting up of physical research facilities. Every laboratory and facility listed on GSU’s website is located within its campus.
Next, we conducted a press search for articles that mentioned GSU’s research work. None of the articles published online talked about the university opening research facilities overseas. The articles examined provided information such as the school’s research spending, amount of research grants received, and other general information.
Lastly, we examined GSU’s profiles on universities databases published by Times Higher Education, US News, and others. None of the profiles examined mentioned any information on GSU operating research facilities outside of the United States. These profiles have only provided information such as the year GSU gained its research status and other research-related rankings. Thus, based on publicly available information, we have determined that GSU is not running any overseas research facilities.