Renovation of Pound Hall to establish a new global education center | Nebraska today

With private support, construction has begun on a $5 million renovation of Louise Pound Hall to create a new Global Education Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The Global Education Center will serve as the physical hub of the university’s international activity, bringing together the four global affairs units (Office of International Students and Scholars, Education Abroad, English as a Second Language Programs and Office of Global Strategies) to streamline student support services and better coordinate campus-wide global engagement.

The renovations will include an interactive gallery space to display works focused on major global challenges and additional areas for exhibitions and student engagement. Designed by Nebraska-based architectural firm Clark & Enersen, the Global Education Center will be an interactive learning space to facilitate cross-disciplinary learning, collaboration and storytelling.

“We are very pleased to announce the creation of the Global Education Center, one of the major initiatives of our Forward Together global strategy,” said Josh Davis, Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs and Senior International Manager. “The center will help us better coordinate experiential learning opportunities for students and foster on-campus collaboration to strengthen our global partnerships.”

Announced in February 2021, Moving forward together is Nebraska’s first institutional strategy to support global engagement and educational opportunities at the university. It is closely linked to the N2025 Strategic plan, which prioritizes experiential education, innovation and global partnerships. Creating a hub for global initiatives, the 20,000 square foot space within the historic Louise Pound Hall aligns the university’s strategy, people and resources to create dynamic synergies for experiential learning and address global challenges.

“Investing in this space will enable us to continue to expand access, opportunity and innovation in the global sphere that is crucial to the university’s identity as a modern land-grant institution,” said Executive Vice-Chancellor Elizabeth Spiller. “It also reaffirms with students around the world that we value them as an important part of our Husker community.”

The renovations will also include a state-of-the-art “virtual classroom” facility available to faculty and academic units on campus to co-create mutually beneficial virtual exchanges with partners around the world.

“As the world’s leading and transformative land-grant institution, we engage in partnerships that prepare students to contribute to our global community. Global participation in education is a tangible testament to this commitment and will allow us to anchor the global commitment for years to come,” said Davis.

Initial construction for the center’s renovations has already begun. The end of the project is scheduled for fall 2022.