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Dear Friends,

Headshot of Barbara Stephenson. Photo by Kristen Chavez.
Barbara Stephenson, vice provost for global affairs and chief global officer. Photo by Kristen Chavez.

Since our establishment as the first public university in the United States in 1789, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has earned a reputation as a leading global public research university.

We enroll more than 29,000 students representing all 100 North Carolina counties, the 50 U.S. states, and more than 100 countries. On campus and around the world, our students have access to transformative global experiences. They are active participants in global learning, cultivating respectful awareness for cultures and societies different than their own and preparing to work in a globalized economy.

Our students learn from nearly 3,700 full-time faculty members from 82 countries. Many are members and leaders in the most prestigious academies and professional organizations. They’ve received external recognition for their work through awards such as the Nobel Prize and MacArthur “Genius Grants”—and many have been selected as Fulbright Scholars. Our researchers draw in $1.2 billion in sponsored research annually and rank 48th in the world for citations. This work represents thousands of global connections, and I am proud that our faculty are finding promising solutions to some of the most pressing issues in the world.

I encourage you to explore this site to learn more about our work to infuse our campus with a global mindset, and the work we are doing across many world regions. You will see reflections of this on the UNC Global website, which we hope can help you learn more about UNC Global and Carolina’s role in the world.

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Barbara J. Stephenson, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Chief Global Officer
U.S. Ambassador (Retired)