Welcome to the University of Central Florida’s Office of Global Perspectives and International Initiatives. Established in October 2001 by President John C. Hitt, the office is designed to help raise UCF’s international profile by identifying global opportunities, expanding connections, and increasing resources and capabilities.

In pursuit of its mission to sharpen UCF’s international focus, the office uses an interdisciplinary approach, directing its activities – informational events, strategic conferences, collaborative research, publishing and partnership-building – particularly, but not exclusively, to the following subject-areas:

  • Asia (with an emphasis on China, India and Japan)
  • Diplomacy, Peace, and Security Studies
  • Globalization
  • Human Rights (with an emphasis on human trafficking)
  • Latin American and the Caribbean
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Sustainability and Climate Change
  • Terrorism Studies

The office further endeavors to sharpen UCF’s international focus in the following ways:

  • Serving as an idea factory to consider new international possibilities for the institution.
  • Sponsoring or co-sponsoring distinguished speakers, conferences and other forums on critical international subjects, regions, and nations.
  • Building partnerships and communicating at all levels, from within the university to the international stage, to expand global awareness.
  • Launching and co-sponsoring initiatives, such as the Diplomacy Program, The India Center and the Center for the Study of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.
  • Helping supporting and develop unique initiatives like the Puerto Rico Research Hub, Morocco Center, and Isle of Man Small Countries Program.
  • Serving as an information resource, especially through www.ucfglobalperspectives.org, the office’s website.
  • Facilitating and fostering research on timely global topics.
  • Advising the UCF leadership and working with partnering UCF offices in developing international strategy and global engagement.

In pursuing these goals, the office encourages and benefits from the input of others, both from within the university and the external community. Please visit us at Howard Phillips Hall 202, contact us at 407-823-0688 or global@ucf.edu.