Global Engagement across Penn

Penn Schools, Centers & Programs

To further Penn as a global agenda setter, Penn seeks to engage the university community in generating transformative ideas on major global challenges.

As of 2018, Penn has over 200 University or School programs and partnerships globally, and is home to over 60 University and School research centers with a global focus. Included among the centers are the Perry World House (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy & Global Engagement (Washington, DC), and Penn Wharton China Center (Beijing, China)—prime examples of the numerous centers strategically positioned to advance Penn's global outreach and impact.  

We invite you to learn more about the programs and initiatives the University and its twelve Schools are conducting to make an impact around the globe. 

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Washington, DC
Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy & Global Engagement

The Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy & Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania is founded on the principle that a democratic, open, secure, tolerant, and interconnected world benefits all Americans. Based in our nation’s capital, the Penn Biden Center engages more of our fellow citizens in shaping the world, while ensuring the gains of global engagement are widely shared.

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Philadelphia, PA
Perry World House

Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania (PWH) is a global policy research center that aims to advance interdisciplinary, policy-relevant research on the world’s most urgent global affairs challenges. At a time of increasing ideological division and highly politicized policymaking, PWH draws on the wide range of expertise found across Penn’s 12 Schools, connecting Penn with policymakers, practitioners, and researchers from around the world to develop and advance innovative policy proposals.

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Beijing, China
Penn Wharton China Center

The March 2015 opening of the Penn Wharton China Center (PWCC) represented the substantial commitment to advance the long history of engagement with China by the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania in an increasingly interconnected global environment. PWCC provides on-the-ground support for the growing numbers of programs and collaborations between Penn’s 12 schools and many academic, government, and business partners throughout China. 

Global Engagement Across Penn's Twelve Schools
Global Engagement in Penn's Schools

The University of Pennsylvania is home to twelve Schools dedicated to advancing Penn as a premier global research institution. Penn's Schools strengthens the University’s commitment to meaningful global engagement through a wide array of academic programs, research projects, institutional partnerships, and other initiatives. Learn more about their vision and work at the global stage. 

Penn Centers & Programs With A Global Focus
Global Centers & Programs

At Penn, over 60 centers and institutes conduct research and organize activities with a global focus. Collectively, they demonstrate the three-fold commitments of Penn’s Strategic Framework for Global Initiatives, 2018-2023: to Educate Global Citizens, to Catalyze Transformative Ideas, and to Bring the World to Penn & Penn to the World. Their path-breaking interdisciplinary work crosses Schools and traditional disciplines to bring new research, ideas, and perspectives to global education worldwide.