Areas of Expertise:
Global education strategy • Globalization of campus and curricula • Cross-cultural and global leadership training • Program development • Program assessment • Grant writing and management • German, French, Spanish
Julia Kruse is an innovator in global education and strategy. As executive director of the Global Business Center (GBC) at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, she shapes and oversees the strategic, School-wide Dean’s Global Education Initiative to advance UNC Kenan-Flagler's globalization efforts and increase the global competencies of all students, faculty and staff. Kruse also teaches cross-cultural and global leadership workshops. She is certified in GlobeSmart and Cultural Intelligence (CQ).
Kruse has more than 20 years of experience in international education, including curricular development, teaching, research in communication and grant writing. 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 fundraising. Kruse also served as the global studies coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, creating a multi-track global studies degree and organizing community outreach programs.
She is a native of Germany and studied abroad in France, Mexico, Spain and the U.K. Kruse speaks French, German and some Spanish. She came to the U.S. 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.