Friends, colleagues, and visitors,
It is my pleasure to announce the establishment of the new Office of Global Engagement (OGE). The OGE was established to bring together three campus units – Asia Pacific Rim Development Program (APRDP), International Health and Medical Education (IHME), and International Business (formerly UNeMed's international arm) – after a two-year strategic planning process for campus internationalization.
Global engagement means internationalizing learning in and outside of the classroom, student mobility, faculty global engagement, and global partnerships. It's about productive collaborations with universities, governmental agencies, businesses, communities, and individual stakeholders. These relationships are grounded in mutuality, trust, feasibility, and sustainability. UNMC's geographic reach and aspirations must be global. Working internationally and with international colleagues, and achieving global impact, are essential for achieving our mission. I believe it is imperative to engage UNMC's constituents in determining the why, what, where, and how of global engagement.
It is especially important to reaffirm this principle of global engagement today, when barriers to the kind of progress we envision and to which we seek to contribute may be building around the world. Uncertainty is the new norm, and the ability to navigate our complex world and workplaces is essential to today's graduates. They can enhance their prospects for thriving both as global citizens and as professionals by globalizing their education.
Global awareness and global competence are essential skills in today's interconnected world. An enhanced global strategic vision will position us well to address complex issues of our time and to engage in meaningful and impactful partnerships. The OGE aims to create resources that offer opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to embrace global perspectives.
As we look ahead, the OGE is delighted to continue to serve the campus with an innovative outlook and unified set of skills for global partnerships, programs, and services. Thank you for your support in furthering global engagement at UNMC.
Jane Meza, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement