When UNC System President Erskine Bowles took office, he charged all of us to do a better job of preparing our students to succeed in the new global economy. The importance of the need for our students to become more globally-aware extends to the very top of the administration at UNC Charlotte. Chancellor Philip L. Dubois and our Provost Joan Lorden as well as all of the deans from the various colleges are all committed to advancing the international mission of our campus.
UNC Charlotte has been a locus of international programming and studies for more than a generation. The breadth and depth of our on- and off- campus international activities is far reaching. From a variety of internationally focused degree and area study programs to student and faculty exchange to our very own archeological dig in Israel, we celebrate our international campus and our international accomplishments.
We strive to develop global competencies in our students to prepare them for a competitive career in a knowledge based global economy. We recognize the importance for our students to develop a skill set that prepares them to better understand the interdependence and interconnectedness of the many world regions and cultures world around them.
As a rising research institution, UNC Charlotte attracts a large and active community of international students and faculty in a variety of disciplines, from engineering to business to liberal arts. Additionally, over the last two years, UNC Charlotte has seen an impressive 20 percent increase in the number of students studying abroad and we continue to expand and enlarge the number of exchange agreements with prestigious colleges and universities. UNC Charlotte has new and longstanding partnerships and agreements with universities around the world, from Europe to Southeast Asia, Latin America, China and Australia.
Still, we endeavor to do even more in a more thoughtful and far-reaching way. UNC Charlotte is a window to the rest of the world not only for our students but also for our community. We look forward to pursuing our international agenda and continuing to serve as a resource for our great and ever changing international city.