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Global Learning for All

The Office of Global Engagement (“NC State Global”) is excited to present a new framework for its strategic planning entitled “Global Learning for All: building a more equitable and sustainable world.” 

Building on existing high impact opportunities such as study abroad, global research collaboration, international student engagement and other forms of traditional student and faculty mobility, this initiative expands the focus of NC State Global to a wider variety of accessible program models, primarily by providing many more online or virtual global learning options, as well as campus-based curricular and co-curricular global activities.

Together these efforts will prioritize solutions that address barriers to equitable access for all forms of global learning, including structural and financial challenges for students, faculty, and staff.

An important framework for a number of activities will be the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Through engaging students, faculty, staff, and the wider community in these activities, the Global Learning for All programming  will provide participants with a better understanding of the SDGs’ importance in a global context and NC State’s contribution to addressing these critical issues.

Global Learning for All is a strong reflection of NC State’s proposed 2021-2030 vision, both in its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and in its transformative impact on society to advance the greater good.

Benefits of Global Learning for All

Global Learning for All both engages and benefits all members of our campus community, positioning NC State to benefit our wider community in North Carolina and in the world.


Whether on campus or abroad, in person or virtual, academic or co-curricular, dynamic global learning experiences for students can promote:

  • self-reflection and critical thinking through engagement across cultures
  • an enhanced understanding of both diversity and equity
  • professional skills contributing to transformational growth and ongoing development
  • a collaborative exchange of problem-solving tools and knowledge
  • the capacity to become lifelong learners and effective leaders


Faculty play a critical role in student learning, but also gain significant benefits for themselves, our institution, and colleagues around the world when engaging globally. Outcomes include:

  • dramatic increases in citation rates when at least one international co-author is included in a publication
  • problem solving through a wider and more diverse collaborative network of shared tools and scholarship outcomes
  • more successful recruitment of top international students for research
  • teaching that is substantially enhanced by international experiences
  • improved global rankings
  • increased access to funding


Staff benefit all members of the campus and communities, including themselves, by facilitating, enhancing, or creating a variety of global learning opportunities. Curricular and co-curricular initiatives help to address not only the intellectual, but also the social, emotional, spiritual, physical, and other components of well-being in a complex world.

Why does Global Learning matter?

Alignment with 2021-2030 University Strategic Plan Goals

The Global Learning for All framework contributes to the success of all 7 proposed goals in NC State’s 2021-2030 Strategic Plan.