Areas of Expertise:
Cross-cultural communication • French, German, Spanish • International business education • International program assessment • International program development • Internationalization of campus and curricula
Julia Kruse is managing director of the Global Business Center (GBC). In this role, she initiates and oversees programs, projects, courses, and research that increase the capacity of students, faculty, and businesses to operate successfully in a global economy.
Kruse has more than ten years of experience in international education, including curricular development, teaching, and research in communication. She previously served as an assistant director in UNC's Study Abroad Office, where she developed and managed more than 120 programs and assisted with the university's broader internationalization initiatives, including globalization of the curriculum and fund raising.
Kruse served as the global studies coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, creating a multi-track global studies degree and organizing community outreach programs. Her expertise in international education helps Kenan Institute constituents identify strategies and develop initiatives to increase global capacity.
Kruse is a native of Germany and studied abroad in France, Mexico, Spain, and the United Kingdom. She speaks French, German, and some Spanish. She came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar and received master's and doctoral degrees in communication from Florida State University. She holds a bachelor's degree in business and applied foreign languages from the University of Kassel in Germany.