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.