Images from the Global Research Institute, K-12 outreach, and a lecture

Centers / Institutes

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a longstanding national reputation for collegiality and interdisciplinary collaboration. Our more than 20 pan-university centers and institutes work in basic and engaged research in partnership across campus and with other leading institutions worldwide. Two of our six U.S. Department of Education-funded Title VI centers are partnerships with Duke University, and our Center for European Studies is also a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence. We view collaboration with compatible, high-quality institutions around the world as the best way to grapple with and ultimately solve today’s complex global problems.

Area Studies Centers

UNC’s area studies centers provide resources for teaching foreign languages, training in area and global studies and opportunities for research. Five of our six centers have been designated as National Resource Centers by the U.S. Department of Education.

Global Centers

A number of centers at UNC focus their research and engagement on broad global issues by building partnerships across campus and worldwide. These centers include the Center for Global Initiatives, also designated a National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education; the Global Business Center; the Global Research Institute; and the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases.

Additional Centers / Institutes

Many additional centers and institutes on campus pursue work of global consequence. Primary areas of research and engagement include topics such as health systems development, international development, oncology, business and enterprise and more. Other centers strive to increase understanding and appreciation of different cultures or to advance other global initiatives.