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The Center, soon to change its name to GoGlobalNC, is a 35 year old unit of The University of North Carolina General Administration which develops and executes travel-based policy, leadership development and education programs as well as international partnerships to support K-12 foreign language instruction and professional educator skills development.

Since 2013, CIU has organized and convened the Coalition for Global Competitiveness. The Center is supported by a closely aligned 501(c)3 organization, Center for International Understanding Council, which provides financial support and board counsel to CIU.

Dr. Rick Van Sant is the Executive Director of CIU.

For more information about the center, visit ciu.northcarolina.edu.


The North Carolina Coalition of Global Competitiveness, chaired by former Commerce Secretary Jim Fain, is a collaboration of business, education, government and economic development agencies and individuals working together to enhance communication and cooperation on global issues and programs.

Its growing membership includes representatives from N.C. State University, MCNC, Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. Community Colleges system, Quintiles, SBTDC, O’Brien Atkins, Boundless Impact, N.C. Board of Education, N.C. Secretary of State’s Office, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.

The development and printing of the North Carolina Strategic Plan for Global Engagement is made possible through the generous support of Duke Energy and the Center for International Understanding Council.

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