The University of Minnesota applies its expertise and resources to meet the needs of Minnesota, the nation, and the world. We partner with communities locally and globally to engage our students, faculty, and staff in addressing society's most pressing issues.

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Key Units and Contacts

Office for Public Engagement

The Office for Public Engagement works with academic programs and engagement units on all five campuses to build capacity to produce high quality public engagement programs and initiatives.

Industry Engagement at the U

As Minnesota's land grant university and premier public research institution, UMN has a long history of engaging in industry partnerships. Members of the Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) team at the University of Minnesota Foundation serve as relationship managers who coordinate systemwide partnerships.

Local Organizations

Minnesota Trade Office

The Minnesota Trade Office provides export assistance to Minnesota businesses and serves as the Office of Protocol, ensuring that the state's interactions with foreign delegations and dignitaries are conducted with appropriate diplomatic etiquette and cultural practices. 

Global Minnesota

Global Minnesota connects individuals, organizations, and communities to the world through the sharing of relevant and timely information on international issues, foreign policy, and cultural topics.


The Twin Cities are home to several official and honorary consulates, representing countries from around the world.

Heritage Organizations

Many local organizations celebrate the heritage and culture of Minnesota's population.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

UMN SDG Initiative

The Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPS Alliance) leads a system-wide initiative focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UMN SDG Initiative seeks to support and promote transdisciplinary research, teaching, and partnerships to advance sustainable development in Minnesota, the US and the globe through grants, information, and opportunities linked to SDG targets and indicators. The GPS Alliance is partnering with the Office for Public Engagement and other University centers, institutes, and research groups in developing this initiative.

SDG Roundtable

The University of Minnesota is a member of the SDG Roundtable.