Our faculty, staff and students are undertaking work of critical global importance in Chapel Hill and in countries extending from Argentina to Zambia, with advances in areas ranging from maternal and child health to HIV/AIDS prevention to the democratic transition process. Our global philosophy is grounded in partnering with scholars, communities and universities worldwide, and doing so in collaborative relationships that allow our students to earn a global education and our faculty to work across geographical divides to innovate around some of the most pressing problems of our time.
Carolina is pursuing the following strategies to become a leading global university:
- Recruit and retain a global faculty and student body. The University is actively seeking to increase the number of internationally oriented faculty in strategic world regions of Asia and Africa, while maintaining expertise in Europe and Latin America. In the College of Arts and Sciences alone over the past five years, 47% of new faculty hires – more than 100 faculty members – are global experts. A Global Visiting Students Program is also being launched in 2013 to bring international students to Carolina for one or two semesters, first from partner universities and through programs funded by ministries of education.
- Strengthen global research capacity. Towards this end, in 2010 the University launched an academic think tank, the Global Research Institute. This institute is growing into a significant contributor to the dialogue on global issues, and each year its fellowship program brings to campus some of the world’s leading scholars and practitioners on a given theme. Currently, the institute has dedicated itself to a theme of Water in Our World, which has been embraced as a campus-wide theme.
- Build strong and enduring global partnerships. Carolina has a number of partnerships with global institutions based on joint faculty research or student exchanges. Several strategic or lead partnerships have developed which involve multi-layered relationships spanning a number of disciplines, schools, and departments, and receiving sustained institutional investment. These partnerships include faculty and student exchanges, research collaborations and mutually beneficial sharing of resources.
- Build on-campus capacity to support globalization through collaboration. UNC is unique in that academics and health affairs are on the same campus — and this proximity has helped to make us a leader in interdisciplinary collaboration. Related initiatives include strengthening campus programs through the pan-university International Affairs Advisory Council and launching a Global Travel Registry for students, staff and faculty to help us reach members of the Carolina family when necessary, wherever they are in the world.
Carolina has a history of commitment to public service and access to education. In this light, UNC Global is also dedicated to access to international education – to sending our students and faculty to communities worldwide to learn from them and to developing a respect for all world cultures.