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Integrating Knowledge

Integrating Knowledge

Penn is committed to integrating knowledge across the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. This interdisciplinary emphasis is one the university’s most distinctive educational qualities.

“The most challenging questions and problems of our time, “ in the words of The Penn Compact, “cannot be addressed by one discipline or profession. To comprehend our complex world, we must better integrate knowledge from different disciplines and professional perspectives in our research and teaching.”

Penn’s 12 schools put this principle directly into practice. And it comes to life through such campus-wide initiatives as the Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) professors, whose work crosses departments, bringing together diverse academic areas in innovative and creative ways.

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Open Learning

Open Learning

Penn is actively engaged in open learning — a vital part of our mission to increase access, around the world, to the educational resources that can change people’s lives.

We are proud to be one of the founding partners and board members in Coursera, the online platform for open-access, non-credit classes, available at no cost to audiences around the world.

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Art & Culture

Art & Culture

Penn's unique Art and Culture resources combine with the innovative and creative energy of Philadelphia to make this one of the most exciting campuses for arts-oriented students both inside and outside the classroom. 

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