The mission of the IGL is to prepare new generations of critical thinkers for effective and ethical leadership, ready to act as global citizens in addressing international and national issues across cultures. In 2005, the IGL was named a distinctive, cross-school program of the University. The Institute emphasizes rigorous academic preparation and experiential learning. Students learn through intensive engagement in classes, global research, internships, workshops, simulations and international symposia - all involving national and international leaders from the public and private sectors. Among its more than 16 programs are EPIIC, Inquiry, the China Cross-Cultural Leadership Program, and EXPOSURE, and it offers many opportunities for global research and internships.
IGL activities stress critical and normative thinking, written and oral communication skills, problem-solving, and multidisciplinary approaches. There is an emphasis both on individual progress and on collaborative effort and students produce tangible outcomes to their studies through their research papers, the international forums, and other projects.
The Institute promotes the linkage of theory to practice and exposes students to the rigors and challenges of a diverse world.