2019 University Global Partnership Network Conference

Join us for the UGPN meeting on April 1-3, 2019

The annual University Global Partnership Network (UGPN) Conference is held each year as a forum bringing together university leadership, faculty and administrators from UGPN member institutions to promote academic exchange and new research collaboration through relationships among researchers. It is a venue to discuss past accomplishments as well as formulate strategic direction and programmatic initiatives for the UGPN.

NC State will host the annual conference on April 1-3, 2019 on Centennial Campus.

Delegations from the University of Surrey (United Kingdom), the University of Wollongong (Australia), and the University of São Paulo (Brazil) will be in attendance. The Office of Global Engagement encourages NC State faculty and staff to attend conference workshops to meet with these strategic partners and attend the panel sessions.

Register for the conference


  • April 1-3, 2019

Conference Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton – Raleigh Brownstone

A block of rooms has been reserved for March 28 – April 5, 2019. Please make your reservations by March 1, 2019, to ensure availability. The negotiated rate includes hot breakfast and wifi.

*Transportation will be provided through NC State only from the above hotel to the venues below.

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Conference Venue: NC State’s Centennial Campus

  • James B. Hunt Library (link)
  • Park Alumni Center (link)

Major Workshop Themes:

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    • Educational and practical training and technology commercialization
    • Moderated by Jon Carr and Elizabeth Benefield
  • Data Science and Big Data
    • Computing, analytics, finance, health and life sciences, and social networks
    • Moderated by Alyson Wilson
  • One Health and Global Health
    • Addressing issues at the nexus of human health, animal health, and the environment
    • Moderated by Sid Thakur and Cathrine Hoyo
  • Sustainable Cities
    • Smart technology, innovation hubs, and university-regional synergy
    • Moderated by Celen Pasalar

Panel Sessions:

  • UGPN Research Strategy (Vice Chancellor’s Research)
  • University-Industry Partnerships
  • Women in Science and Gender Equality