Ask the President

Ask the President


Building Partnerships Abroad

As part of UNC’s ongoing work to build academic partnerships in east Asia, a delegation of UNC administrators and faculty recently traveled to Vietnam, Thailand and China. President Kay Norton and Provost Robbyn Wacker met with leaders at more than a dozen universities to discuss undergraduate and graduate programs to bring international students to UNC, faculty exchanges and joint efforts to build educational capacity in the three countries.

“This is about collegiality across oceans,” Norton says. “We have the opportunity to grow UNC while helping strengthen higher education worldwide. This is what leading universities do.”

The quality of UNC’s programs, its ability to be responsive to the unique needs of partner institutions, and its specialized expertise, particularly in education, arts, and healthcare, make the university an attractive partner, Norton says.

Photo above: Touring North China Electric Power University in Beijing are, from left to right, UNC Professor and Director of the School of Teacher Education Ginny Huang, UNC President Kay Norton, Greeley Mayor Tom Norton, North China Electric Power University Vice President and Professor An Liansuo, UNC College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Dean Eugene Sheehan, and UNC Provost Robbyn Wacker.

Kay Norton

UNC President Invited to White House Event:
UNC President Kay Norton joined President Obama, Vice President Biden and hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders in December to announce new actions to help more students prepare for, and graduate from, college.

UNC’s actions include the introduction of an initiative that allows students who are close to college-ready to move immediately into college-level courses while providing support, particularly in gateway math and English courses. Other forms of support include a program that allows advisors to use UNC-specific analytics to track a student’s progress in critical milestone courses.