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University of Pittsburgh’s International Coordination Council is chaired by Provost James V. Maher. This University-wide group coordinates the planning and development of international policies at Pitt, guided by the value statement below.

 

More information on international education, research, and support services is available at the University’s International site and through the University Center for International Studies.

 

International Study: Value Statement

 

As a major research university with particular expertise in international studies, the University of Pittsburgh places significant emphasis on helping students prepare for life in an increasingly diverse and dynamic society. 

 

Today there are few, if any, issues of importance that do not have international or intercultural dimensions.  Global issues dealing with the environment, economic development and conflict resolution, as well as public health related issues, require a significant level of international understanding and cooperation.  The substance of higher education itself has been affected significantly by languages, cultures, religions, scientific discoveries, politics, and global economies. 

 

In today’s world, engagement with languages and cultures other than one’s own and an understanding of the transnational forces that link these cultures are essential components of a university education.  Hence, our undergraduate programs emphasize the development of international literacy and the ability to understand and appreciate cultural differences.

 

As a major research university we also are committed to continuing to develop our scholarly expertise in areas that will help to appropriately address important issues facing the world and, through our graduate and professional programs, producing future generations of scholars who fully appreciate the complexities of the world environment and the implications for their own scholarship.

 



 

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