Carnegie Mellon University
Meaning of a Global University

Global University

Carnegie Mellon defines a “global university” as a multidimensional space—it involves students and faculty living and working around the world, either through degree programs, study abroad, internships or research partnerships. CMU supports students and faculty in crossing national, cultural, and intellectual boundaries; it involves the appropriate use of technology-enhanced learning to support academic and social connections; it involves taking on problems of global importance, problems that can only be solved by collaborating across borders.  

Universities might place different weight on each of the eight cells shown in the table below, but they should address all of these tasks.

Framing the Idea of a Global University

Internal External
Education Globalize educational experience for our students (e.g., architecture studios, international project courses). Provide opportunities to study outside the U.S.
Research/Creative Inquiry Focus research on problems that are of global interest and global in nature Create a global research consortium.
University Community Enhance quality of life by better integration of non-U.S. students within the community. Build viable alumni groups outside the U.S.; Create lifelong learning opportunities.
Governance More emphasis on international experts (e.g., on advisory boards, board of trustees). More actively involved as advisors in key international organizations (e.g., foreign banks, governments).