Kyung Hee University and the University of Pennsylvania signed a General Agreement for Academic Exchange in October 2005, setting up the Penn-Kyung Hee Collaborative. Founded in 1740, Penn was the first academic institution in the United States to institute the modern university system and as a leader in interdisciplinary education and research, has been building an academic tradition which harmonizes theory and practice.
Humanity hopes for a future in which diversity and uniformity can peacefully coexist. As such, we must overcome the distortions and perversions of history to pave the road to empathy, consensus, reconciliation, and convergence. The Global Collaborative intends to establish a new paradigm of university education that integrates education, research, and practice. The Global Collaborative is a forward-looking effort for diversity as well as the establishment of humanity's shared values and knowledge through cooperative exchange programs that transcend borders.
Starting with the agreement made with Penn, the Global Collaborative expanded its reach in 2008 to China's Beijing University, Japan's Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), Russia's Moscow State University, the UN Department of Economics and Social Affairs (DESA), and the UN Conference of NGOs (CoNGO). Currently, the Global Collaborative is leading international cooperation on the topic of "Global Governance and East Asian Civilization."
The Global Collaborative organizes lectures by professionals from international organizations such as the UN and CoNGO and provides various practical internship opportunities such as the Civic Service Internship. In 2010, the Global Collaborative was expanded to the Global Campus with a discussion on the topic "Sustainable Development towards a Green Planet" by scholars from around the world. Collaboration among participating universities and institutions will be expanded in the future by offering students opportunities to participate in the Global Collaborative program during the semesters.