Welcome Message

Ron Strauss

Ron Strauss
Executive Vice Provost
Chief International Officer

Dear Friends:

It is a pleasure to share with you the global endeavors of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This website will provide you with an introduction to the breadth of global education, scholarship, service and engagement pursued by our faculty, staff and students.

Since its establishment as the nation’s first public university in 1789, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has earned a reputation as a leading global university. Carolina is consistently ranked among the nation’s best universities in academic quality, research, access, diversity, engagement and global presence.

We believe that our campus is a place where students should be able to enrich their academic careers and lives, where they should learn about global issues and become better global citizens – aware and respectful of worldwide cultures. On this site, you’ll see some of our global work and impact – from our traditional strengths in Europe and Latin America to our innovative work in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. We invite you to learn more about how our approach to global partnerships supports world-class research and provides opportunities for our students.

We’ve developed a series of global strategies through the recommendations set forth in our Strategic Roadmap for Globalizing Carolina and the University’s Academic Plan. Both of these documents were created through robust and challenging methods. The roadmap was written in 2007, when then-Chancellor James Moeser appointed the Global Leadership Circle – a task force of Carolina faculty, university administrators and business leaders – to guide the development our plan for extending our presence worldwide and creating a more global campus. The academic plan, brought forth by faculty, defines the themes around which we focus our curricula, engagement and research.

Our students come to Carolina as some of the best and brightest in the state, nation and world. Here, they find a vibrant campus humming with international activity. We send them out into the world – through study abroad, research, service learning, engagement projects and internships – and see them return with new understanding. We hope that upon graduation our students will serve North Carolina, the nation and the world in creative ways.

We hope that you will engage with our faculty, staff and students, and find out more about what makes UNC-Chapel Hill unique.

Best wishes,

Ron Strauss
Executive Vice Provost and
Chief International Officer