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The University of North Carolina is a research university in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A "Public Ivy" school, it is one of the oldest public universities in America. A prestigious centre of research, scholarship, and creativity, UNC's mission is to teach a diverse community of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to become the next generation of leaders.

The university has one of the largest and most active alumni groups in America, a testimony to the devotion it fosters among its students. Former students include Cabinet members, state Governors, Fortune 500 CEOs and a former US President, James K. Polk.

As an institution dedicated to education and the dissemination of knowledge, the University of North Carolina believes passionately in widening access to quality learning. With this aim in mind, the university has drawn on its curricula and partnered with Alison to create a series of free online courses focused on education and information technology.