“Reach Carolina,” the 2011 Academic Plan for the University, proposes principles and concrete steps by which faculty, students and staff can attain levels of accomplishment and distinction befitting Carolina’s mission as a leading public university. The plan consists of six interlocking priorities that address topics such as integrated academics; faculty support; interdisciplinary teaching, research and public engagement; equity and inclusion; and engaged scholarship. The sixth theme of the plan is in alliance with the goals of UNC Global: to extend Carolina’s global presence, teaching, research and public service.
At UNC, we have recognized that as our regional economy shifts away from textiles, tobacco and furniture toward banking, technology and health care, we must prepare students to excel in this fast-changing world, whether they live in North Carolina or abroad. At the same time, our research must also address evolving global challenges in order to better serve the state, the nation and the world. Our challenge is to enhance Carolina’s global reach while fulfilling our public mission.
Students are encouraged to pursue a global education through study abroad, internships and other experiential learning opportunities. On campus, in addition to global academic programs, they have access to lectures on global issues by some of the world’s leading voices, as well as cultural programming and other activities that offer diverse perspectives and help prepare students to live in an increasingly interconnected world.