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.


  • April 1-3, 2019


View the full conference program

Join the UGPN chancellors and presidents for a panel session on higher education challenges and opportunities. Panel moderated by Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Warwick Arden.

Groups will be split into various locations around campus and Raleigh based on chosen workshop theme.

Themes include Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Data Science and Big Data; One Health and Global Health; and Sustainable and Smart Cities. Lunch included. Please let us know if you are unable to attend the full day.

Learn about the upcoming Research Collaboration Fund opportunities, important UGPN executive group announcements, and communications initiatives. Lunch provided.

All year, NC State entrepreneurs have been developing their ventures for a chance to win $100,000 in cash prizes. On Wednesday, April 3, join us for the Lulu eGames LIVE event and see entrepreneurship in action at NC State.

Hear pitches from winning teams and vote for your favorite to receive the audience choice awards!

Registration for the conference is now closed. Please join us at the plenary session on April 1 from 9:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. if you would like to participate.

Conference Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton – Raleigh Brownstone

A block of rooms has been reserved for March 30 – 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)

Major Workshop Themes:

  • Data Science and Big Data
  • Sustainable and Smart Cities
    • Smart technology, innovation hubs, and university-regional synergy
    • Moderated by Dr. Celen Pasalar

Panel Sessions:

  • UGPN Research Strategy (Vice Chancellor’s Research)
  • University-Industry Partnerships
  • Women in STEM