The Global Education Fund is the only pan-university fund supporting Carolina’s strategic global priorities. Thanks to private gifts from alumni, parents, students and friends, the Global Education Fund makes possible UNC’s mission to serve the state of North Carolina, the nation and the world.
Annual gifts to the Fund give University leaders the flexibility to provide funding to students, faculty and programs supporting Carolina’s top global priorities. Contributions of all levels are important, and gifts can be made online.
Donor support to the Global Education Fund has grown from $26,506 in its first year to more than $788,000 cumulatively raised over five fiscal cycles. Those dollars have been used to:
- Establish more than 40 student internships and research fellowships for both graduate and undergraduate students across a wide range of majors and disciplines, including the Vimy Award, which is given annually to one interdisciplinary team of students working collaboratively to pursue research or service projects outside the U.S.
- Create new globally-themed courses, ranging from Arabic, Business Chinese, Persian, Immigration and Cultural Identity to Peace and Popular Culture in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
- Offset federal funding cuts of 47-55 percent to UNC’s highly-acclaimed Area Studies Centers in the College of Arts & Sciences, which provide funding for foreign language instruction, the expansion of library collections and research awards for faculty.
- Co-sponsor 17 lectures and programs on topics such as Arctic sovereignty issues, the Arab Spring, trends in the European Union and UNC’s new two-year, pan-university theme: Water in Our World.
- Develop strategic partnerships with leading international institutions, including King’s College London, National University of Singapore, China’s Peking University and Tsinghua University, the University of San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador, and the Ministry of Health in Malawi.