University of Nebraska Medical Center

About Us

Jane Meza, PhD, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs, talks with UNMC international students.

Mission and Vision


The Office of Global Engagement promotes global understanding and awareness, and advances internationalization efforts throughout the UNMC community.


Our vision is comprehensive global engagement for Nebraska and beyond, advancing UNMC’s world-class education, cutting-edge research, and renowned public service to meet the complex challenges of today’s interconnected world.

Our History

The Office of Global Engagement was formed in 2019 by the merger of the former Asia Pacific Rim Development Program, International Business (formerly UNeMed International), and International Health and Medical Education. The new unit is led by Jane Meza, PhD, who was named inaugural Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement in 2018. Read Dr. Meza's message.

These events were the culmination of work from 2017-19 by the steering committee of the American Council on Education Internationalization Laboratory. The steering committee provided guidance for a systematic and collaborative approach to international activities at UNMC. Under the leadership of Dr. Meza, members of the steering committee and subcommittees worked to develop both a strategy for the comprehensive internationalization of the UNMC community and a means to assess the campus’ achievements. More about the Internationalization Committee.

Read the Internationalization Lab Executive Report

The Office of Global Engagement is responsible for:

  • Providing support to and advocating for the university’s international community including students, faculty, staff, and scholars.
  • Facilitating and coordinating opportunities for global learning experiences.
  • Coordinating bilateral exchange programs for health science rotations and research with UNMC’s global partners.
  • Developing and managing observership and training programs.
  • Managing the US immigration and visa sponsorships of international students, faculty, staff, and visitors on behalf of UNMC.
  • Collaborating with UNMC departments to ensure compliance with UNMC policies including compliance training, immunizations, and export control.
  • Developing and maintaining academic collaborations and business partnerships.
  • Developing capacity in the healthcare sector.
  • Bolstering economic development in Nebraska and the world.
  • Coordinating various international and cultural engagement opportunities.