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Mission, vision, & values

Mission: To promote, integrate and support international and global initiatives throughout KU’s teaching, research and service efforts by developing and maintaining international partnerships; bringing, supporting, and retaining the world’s talent; and connecting our community meaningfully and responsibly with the world through the infusion of informed international content, knowledge, awareness, and experience.

Vision: Through our transformative work, we will empower and inspire members of the KU community from across all 50 states and the nations of the world to understand and assume their roles as informed and integral members of our global community, roles that necessarily defy geo-political boundaries, facilitate peace through mutual understanding and respect, and collectively uplift society.

Values: As a comprehensive international research institution driven by over 150 years of pioneering commitment and contributions to international education, we pride ourselves in providing all students, faculty and staff with the finest international learning and work environment possible through our programs, services, and strategic collaborations across campus and the world. We are committed to bringing the world to KU and KU to the world.


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