The University of Texas at Austin Global Engagement

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Located in the heart of a city known for its technology and artistry, The University of Texas at Austin is the birthplace of ideas and inventions that change the world. The university forges global connections to build an academic community that inspires creative expression, fosters open dialogue, and transcends borders to reshape the future.

By pursuing a bold strategic plan that expands its international collaborative efforts, UT Austin is on pace to becoming the world’s highest-impact public research university. Committed to advancing global education, leading in research and innovation, and uniting Longhorns in global service, we live out our motto: What starts here, changes the world.


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“As we strive to become the world’s highest-impact public research university, we are developing future leaders. The excellence, breadth, depth, and diversity of our faculty and research sparks academic interests and opportunities that draw our students into greater global engagement. With more permeable campus walls and increasingly interdisciplinary, experiential learning university-wide, we are facilitating enhanced collaboration with alumni, government, industry, scholars, and community partners. These strategic connections drive entrepreneurship, advance knowledge and discovery, and create opportunities for The University of Texas at Austin to solve society’s biggest challenges and generate impact at scale.”

Jay Hartzell President, The University of Texas at Austin
UT President Jay Hartzell
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“It is an honor and privilege to share this biennial report as a reminder of the progress we have made with The University of Texas at Austin’s global engagement efforts. The stories you will read in this report span UT Austin’s 18 colleges and schools, as well as our centers, institutes, and units. They represent our vibrant community of scholars, students, staff, and partner organizations committed to intellectual inquiry, eager to address global challenges and driven to make our world better.”

Sonia Feigenbaum, Ph.D. Senior Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Chief International Officer


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Advancing Global Education

The University of Texas at Austin is preparing the next generation with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in a global economy and society. Our innovative, interdisciplinary courses and programs empower the whole student with transformative experiences, provide pathways for faculty to advance their careers, and train leaders from around the globe.

Leading Global Innovation

Boldness, innovation, and collaboration define the research climate at The University of Texas at Austin. Our faculty engage in scholarly and artistic pursuits on every continent, forging transnational partnerships in pursuit of scientific and creative inquiry. Research at UT Austin tackles the world’s toughest challenges, with distinguished faculty working across disciplines in key strategic areas to elevate lives, advance knowledge, drive entrepreneurship, and propel progress on a global scale.

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United in Global Service

The core mission of The University of Texas at Austin is to serve the community and improve lives throughout the nation and across the globe. From our students to our alumni living and working in 176 countries, Longhorns from all cultures and backgrounds make a difference in the world every day. Our faculty and staff create opportunities for collaboration, meaningful dialogue, cultural exchange, and service-learning options for our students, who leave the university as globally minded citizens and committed Longhorns for life.

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