The University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) supports and promotes the internationalization of Penn State's curriculum, research/scholarship, service, and outreach. Internationalization of universities has become a world-wide phenomenon as global economic integration continues to make its way into higher education. This issue has risen to the top of the agenda of most world-class universities across the globe. In order to be globally competitive and globally relevant, world-class universities like Penn State must promote and engender broad internationalization into their core missions (in the case of Penn State, the tripartite mission of teaching, research, and service).
Our vision is for all Penn State students to become global citizens, who think globally while acting locally, and for Penn State to attain global leadership in scholarship and international engagements. The ultimate outcome is to produce the Global Penn State. We believe that Penn State will be a leader in resolving the most important global challenges of our times including energy security, environmental sustainability, climate change and adaptation, food security, global health, global poverty, and migration and immigration.
UOGP's mission is to vigorously support the actualization of Penn State's vision of global leadership in scholarship and international engagements. Our strategy is to forge strong partnerships with the faculty, academic colleges, campuses, and select international institutions to enhance Penn State's global presence, relevance, and prominence. This will strengthen already successful programs and promote the creation of new ones, especially in underrepresented regions.
UOGP values awareness of the interdependence of nations and peoples, as well as a commitment to equity, which demands diversity and fairness among all people, groups, and ideas.