Strategic Framework for Penn's Global Initiatives 2023-2028

Penn Global’s Strategic Framework for Initiatives, 2023-2028

2022 marked ten years since the adoption of Penn’s first global strategic framework and the establishment of Penn Global. In the decade since 2012, the University has been transformed as a preeminent global institution. International student enrollment has increased by more than 50% to nearly 7,000 and an average of 2,500 students have studied abroad for credit each year. In addition, nearly 1,400 faculty have reported research, teaching, and other activities across all seven continents. We have also witnessed the strategic expansion of global programming opportunities, such as Penn Global Seminars and the Global Research and Internship Program, establishment of global hubs in Perry World House and the Penn Wharton China Center, and investment in the people, ideas, and partnerships of Penn through key initiatives like the Holman Africa Initiative and the China and India Research and Engagement Funds.

Our continued success as a leading global university depends on our deepening commitment to global engagement going forward. Our new strategic framework builds upon the achievements of the first ten years with an eye towards expanding existing signature initiatives and piloting new, innovative programs. The framework also commits to making global engagement more accessible and inclusive for our students, faculty, and scholars than ever before. Above all, this framework reinforces Penn Global’s mission of bringing the world to Penn and Penn to the world.

At its core are three pillars: (1) ensure every Penn student has a meaningful global experience; (2) produce research for global impact; and (3) advocate for global engagement, rebuilding and strengthening Penn’s global networks. Each pillar is discussed in more detail below.