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FedEx Executive Chairman Frederick W. Smith Calls for Restoring U.S. Leadership in Global Trade Agreements

September 30, 2022

For a thriving global economy and to protect national security interests, the United States must reengage on trade agreements. That was the call to action issued by Frederick W. Smith, founder and executive chairman of FedEx Corporation, in a keynote address delivered on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill Thursday, Sept. 29. “The U.S. should embrace its history as a leader in the creation of the modern global trading system,” Smith said. “That system has been good for the U.S. and the world—maintaining peace and stability and creating economic opportunity.” Recently, he made the case that an anti-trade narrative has emerged … Continued


Diplomacy Initiative Prepares Students for Global Leadership

September 27, 2022

I have enjoyed being in your class and learning about the intelligence community. It has been extremely helpful for me as I continue to figure out what I want to do as a career. Coming into your class I was completely set and focused on becoming a special agent with the FBI, but you have broadened my horizon by teaching me that there are many other agencies out there, each with its areas of expertise. That’s one of many revelations by Erinn Whitaker’s students who have participated in Carolina’s Diplomacy Initiative. Whitaker brings nearly 15 years in U.S. intelligence to … Continued


OVPGA Announces COIL Faculty Fellows

September 15, 2022

The Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs (OVPGA) has appointed four faculty members to serve as Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) faculty fellows for the 2022-23 academic year. COIL is a flexible pedagogical approach that involves shared virtual learning between students in a course at UNC-Chapel Hill and peer students at a global partner university. OVPGA offers support for Carolina faculty to incorporate COIL into new and existing UNC-Chapel Hill courses through its Curriculum Development Awards for COIL. The COIL faculty fellows will meet with Carolina faculty interested in developing COIL courses, visit department meetings to introduce the … Continued


Tübingen Visit Sets the Stage for Research Collaboration in Data Science

September 15, 2022

UNC-Chapel Hill is deepening inroads with its longtime strategic partner Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen in Germany as the two universities jointly pursue how to best use academic partnerships to address global challenges. Prior to the start of the fall semester, Barbara Stephenson, vice provost for global affairs, led a strategic partner visit to Tübingen. This visit was scheduled to coincide with the 2022 Royster Global Conference, which was organized by Royster Distinguished Professor Tori Ekstrand from the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media. The conference brought together a group of Carolina faculty, staff and graduate students with peers from … Continued


UNC-Chapel Hill Ranks 29th in 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities 

September 1, 2022

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill continues to hold its position as 29th in the world and 20th in the United States among global universities, according to the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) released by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. The University also held onto its ranking of 7th amongst public U.S. universities. Carolina has made steady forward progress in the ARWU ranking over the past few years ranking 33rd in 2019, 30th in 2020 and 29th in 2021. Harvard University and Stanford University continue to hold the top two spots respectively. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has … Continued


UNC-Chapel Hill Area Studies Centers Awarded $12 Million in Federal Education Grants

August 16, 2022

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill area studies centers will receive approximately $12 million in competitive federal Title VI funding over the next four years to support language and area studies coursework, global programming and events, and outreach and opportunities for educators across the southeastern U.S. UNC-Chapel Hill is home to six Title VI-funded area studies centers, five of which are designated National Resource Centers for language and area studies. This is more than any other university in the U.S. Southeast. The U.S. Department of Education’s International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office will award UNC-Chapel Hill approximately … Continued


The Galapagos Science Center Hosts the World Summit on Island Sustainability to Ensure Healthy Island Ecosystems for Future Generations

July 1, 2022

The World Summit on Island Sustainability was held from June 26 to 30 in San Cristobal, Galapagos to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Galapagos Science Center, a collaboration between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. The purpose of the World Summit was to bring together voices from all over the world to discuss and share various issues and best practices related to island conservation and sustainability. As part of the multi-volume book series on the Galapagos Islands (Stephen J. Walsh & Carlos F. Mena, Series Editors) published by Springer Nature, an … Continued


After Virtual Collaboration, Tar Heels Travel to Budapest to Present Alongside International Peers

June 20, 2022

This Spring Carolina students participated in a new hybrid course model as part of BUSI 201, “Business in Europe,” in which they engaged first virtually and then in person, traveling to Hungary to co-present projects with students from Corvinus University in Budapest. BUSI 201 is a COIL Plus course, a hybrid iteration of Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL). This collaboration is the first to be supported by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs (OVPGA). COIL is a flexible pedagogical approach to global education. With support from the OVPGA, Carolina faculty work with faculty at an international institution to … Continued


An Unconventional Path

May 31, 2022

Dedren Snead ’12 is many things. He’s an international businessman, a tech whiz, an artist and an entrepreneur. He has lived and worked in places like Japan, China and Korea. He has a knack for learning both foreign and computer languages quickly, and he is always coming up with big, bold ideas. It may seem unlikely that such a worldly person was born and raised in the tiny town of Snow Hill, North Carolina. Perhaps even more unlikely for Snead as a young person was the idea of attending North Carolina’s flagship university. “I grew up on a small tobacco … Continued


A New Publication Celebrates All Things Global

May 9, 2022

Catherine Haas loves the interdisciplinary nature of UNC’s master’s program in global studies. Now she and fellow graduate students are leaving their mark on campus by creating a publication that celebrates that same diverse mindset. The forthcoming Global Gazette will be more than an academic student journal. “We wanted something that would be academic and creative, that would allow people to express their experiences in whatever form that took shape,” said Haas, who is from Winston-Salem and majored in international studies and Spanish at UNC-Asheville before coming to Chapel Hill. “I thought about how compelling Richard Powers’ Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Overstory is, for instance, or films … Continued