About GPE

Purpose Statement

The purpose of GPE as stated in the Charter is a service organization of its active member institutions with the following functions:

  • To assist member institutions in maintaining and improving the excellence and effectiveness of the Global Understanding programs;
  • To apply new technologies and pedagogies to global education;
  • To create opportunities for member institutions to collaborate in granted funding activities that will strengthen and expand the capacity of member institutions;
  • To foster collaborative educational opportunities including conferences, lectures, modules, courses, and exchanges of students and faculty;
  • To foster research activities of member institutions.

Mission Statement

To use a virtual collaborative environment to unite students from around the world so they can become culturally tolerant and aware world citizens who can successfully live and work together in a global community.

History of GPE

In 2003 East Carolina University piloted the Global Understanding course and officially invited other countries to join us in our first course in Fall, 2004. At the AIEA Annual Conference in February 2007, partners from China, Morocco, Moscow and Peru gave a panel presentation of our Global Understanding project. During that conference, the five partners also decided to form an association for all universities that participate in the Global Understanding course, and it was decided that ECU would take the lead to implement this organization.

In early 2008, ECU invited all of the universities that participate in Global Understanding to attend a meeting at ECU in mid May. Nine countries were able to send representatives to ECU campus and other partners joined the discussion via video conferencing. On May 19, 2008 the nine partner countries officially created the Global Partners in Education organization and signed the GPE Charter.

It was decided that the GPE would meet once each year at a partner institution, and that the gathering should be a task oriented, working conference to assess, evaluate and promote the GPE functions and to become a better organization and to expand GPE membership.

For more information, please contact the Chair of the GPE Secretariat at gpeinfo@ecu.edu.