Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives

What We Do

Driven by the University of Pennsylvania's Strategic Framework for Global Initiatives, the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives spearheads the effort to provide strategic direction for Penn’s global endeavors, with a focus on efficient investment of university resources for global activities. The Office serves as a central point of contact for Penn Global's seven divisions, and for Penn's Schools, centers, and programs with a global focus.  

As a university resource for global activities, the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives also seeks to: collecting and assess data on Penn's global activities, share and disseminate information on the University's global footprint with the Penn community and beyond, and administering funding opportunities for Penn faculty and staff. 

To learn more about our activities, please scroll down and explore the rest of our website. 

Coordinating Penn's Global Offices and Resources
Central Office for Penn Global

Housed in the Provost’s Office in College Hall, the Office of Global Initiatives serves as a central point of contact for the Penn Global reporting offices, supporting and coordinating the work of Penn Abroad, International Student and Scholar Services, Global Support Services, the Perry World House, and the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy & Global Engagement.

Collaborating with Penn's Global Schools, Centers, and Programs
Central Office for the University's Global Programs

Home to over 60 research centers with a global focus and 200 global programs and partnerships, the University of Pennsylvania is more globally connected than ever before.  The Office of Global Initiatives collaborates with Penn's Schools and Centers across the University to further Penn as a global institution by catalyzing cross-school collaborations to integrate knowledge that addresses key issues relating to a rapidly globalizing world.

Providing Important Services and Support for Penn's Global Activities
Resource for University's Global Activities

The Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives also provide important services in support of the University's global endeavors.  Core activities include:

  • Collecting and assessing data on Penn's global activities.  Mechanisms to collect data include the Global Activities Registry and the Faculty Global Profiles database.

  • Sharing and disseminating data on the University's global footprint with the Penn community and beyond.  Mechanisms to disseminate this information include our Global Activity Map and Penn in the World snapshots.

  • Administering funding opportunities for Penn faculty and staff.  Such opportunities include the Global Engagement Fund, the China Research and Engagement Fund, and the India Research and Engagement Fund, which support the projects and research abroad of faculty across fields and disciplines.

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Team of the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives

Led by the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, Dr. Zeke Emanuel, and the Executive Director for Penn Global, Dr. Amy Gadsden, the team of the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives manages a wide-ranging portfolio in support of the University's global endeavors.