Global Learning for All

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.

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.

  • Expanding both virtual and on-campus programming, with both curricular and co-curricular options, will give students a greater variety of choices, and help ensure that all students have inclusive access to opportunities for global learning, whether able to travel or not.
  • The increased emphasis on virtual learning will help NC State “be a leader in the digital transformation of higher education,” and will contribute to students’ lifelong learning skills so that they can “contribute impactfully in a diverse, global society.”

  • Opening eligibility for seed grants and other funding to include online projects will help expand participation in global research, regardless of circumstances potentially limiting physical travel.
  • Supporting a wider variety of research collaboration approaches will help faculty achieve the dramatically higher citation rates which have been documented to accompany publications with at least one international co-author.
  • The emphasis on UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) will encourage “work… across traditional disciplinary boundaries,” and help NC State “leverage…our spheres of excellence…and provide solutions for the world’s greatest challenges.”

  • As with research, an emphasis on the UN SDGs will support NC State’s intention to grow and bear new fruit from our traditional roots in agriculture and industrial extension, and “serve… as a solutions center for the social, economic and environmental challenges facing our state, nation and world.”
  • Offering more virtual and on-campus co-curricular programming will also increase opportunities for outreach and service to the community.

  • Increased virtual and on-campus programming will help ensure that all students have inclusive access to global learning opportunities, whether they are able to travel or not.
  • In particular for those who do not travel, NC State’s international students, faculty and staff provide a highly valued diversity which benefits our entire campus and the wider community.
  • Through an ongoing close partnership between the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity and NC State Global, both divisions can more effectively pursue the cultural competence goals held in common, while modeling mutual respect and support for areas of difference.

  • Highlighting research and curricula through the framework of the UN SDGs will help provide new data demonstrating areas of institutional strength, and inform next steps.
  • Developing new types of on-campus and virtual programs, in addition to the very nature of working across cultures and national systems, will require innovation in university processes and supporting technologies, ultimately driving NC State to “be agile and flexible in adapting to change and the evolving needs of our students, faculty and staff.”

  • The Office of Global Engagement provides connections to a variety of strategic multi-faceted global partnerships, as well as key partnerships with more focused types of collaboration.
  • These connections contribute a critical breadth to NC State’s partnerships around the world, helping to “bring together the brightest minds in industry, government and the academy to creatively tackle the great global challenges.”

  • Highlighting research and learning through the framework of the UN SDGs and expanding our global partnerships through virtual collaboration will greatly enhance NC State’s standing in university world ranking systems.
  • Improved rankings will support ongoing success in recruiting top quality undergraduate and graduate level international students, will provide access to additional funding through global partnerships, and enhance our institutional reputation.