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Research University Presidents Discuss Global Network to Increase Cooperation​
View : 10004 Date : 2008-09-18 Writer : ed_news

 Presidents and leaders of research universities participating in the 2008 International Presidential Forum on Global Research Universities (IPFGRU) held at the Westin Chosun Hotel in Seoul, Korea on Sept. 8, 2008 exchanged views and ideas on how to build and effectively utilize a global research network in order to increase cooperation and exchanges among institutions of science and technology across the world.

The participants agreed on the need to promote the sharing of expertise and facilities, conduct joint researches and positively implement dual degree, roaming professorship and other programs that help institutions in societies at different stages of scientific and technological development maximize the fruits of their research activities.

As a major goal, the participants agreed to create alliances for research and education that can become a new paradigm for global cooperation, with the outcome of discussions at the 2008 IPFGRU providing the guidelines for future endeavors in this direction.

Through the day-long symposium, participants reached general agreements on the following points:

--The concept of sharing faculty or roaming professorship should be actively promoted in order to accelerate global dissemination of academic expertise with the institutions and state authorities concerned easing existing restrictions to such arrangements and ensuring maximum academic freedom of professors involved.

--Dual degree programs especially those involving institutions of different countries need to be further encouraged in view of their benefits of resources sharing, expansion of knowledge and cultural exchanges and that educational authorities should try to remove various forms of limitations.

--As competitions over university ranking would grow intensive as institutions seek to attract better students and more donations, there is need to institutionalize a fairer, globally recognized national, regional and international assessment systems.

--In view of rapid expansion of interdisciplinary researches which calls for the sharing of facilities and expertise among different institutions, it is necessary to establish national or regional hubs to make state-of-the-art facilities and equipment available for researchers and research programs experiencing limitations in financial and material resources.

--National governments and political leaders should better recognize the importance of science and technology for societal and global prosperity and the science and technology community needs to make more communicative approaches to politicians so that greater trust may be built between them.

--Arrangements to conduct joint research involving international industries, academia and government should be accelerated with a view to addressing the common problems facing the mankind in the 21st century, including energy, environment, water, food and sustainability. The United Nations and other international organizations need to provide stronger support for research universities’ efforts in this direction.

--Research universities across the world should make concerted efforts to establish a global cooperative network that can facilitate the flow of information, resources and research personnel to realize universal advancement of science and technology and, ultimately, enhance the quality of human life.

Keynote speakers and panelists and the subjects of their presentations were:


   Participants" List

Topic

Name of University

Speaker

Position

1. Roaming Professorships: To Whose Benefit?

Illinois Institute of Technology

John L. Anderson

President

Improving the Competitiveness of Global University Education

National University of Sciences and Technology

Muhammad Mushtaq

Pro-Rector

Improving the Competitiveness of Global University Education

Tianjin University

Fuling Yang

Director of International Cooperation Office

Sharing Differences in Culture and Environment for Sustainable Education for the Future Generation

Kumamoto University

Tatsuro Sakimoto

President

Sharing Differences in Culture and Environment for Sustainable Education for the Future Generation

Odessa National I. I. Mechnikov University

Sergiy  Skorokhod

Vice Rector for International Cooperation

Promoting Science and Engineering Education among Secondary Students

Czech Technical University of Prague

Miroslav Vlcek

Vice Rector

Promoting Science and Engineering Education among Secondary Students

South China University of Technology

Xueqing Qiu

Vice President

Preserving and Utilizing Expert Knowledge for Better Education

Eotvos Loran University

Jösef Nemes-Nagy

Vice Dean


 

2. Dual Degree Programs: Future Potential & Challenges

University of Queensland

Paul Greenfield

President and Vice Chancellor

Benefits of Dual Degree Program

Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon

Martin Raynaud

Director, International Relations

Benefits and Limitations of Dual Degree Program

National Institute of Development Administration

Pradit Wanarat

Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Role of Dual Degree Program Easing Brain Drain

Nanyang Technological University

Lam Khin Yong

Associate Provost, Graduate Education & Special Projects

International Dual Degree Programs and Strategies

Georgia Institute of Technology

Steven W. McLaughlin

Vice Provost, International Initiatives

Dual Degree Program and Global Learning Networks

City University of Hong Kong

Richard Yan-Ki Ho

Special Advisor to the President

Raising International IQs of Scientists and Engineers for Global Enterprise

Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

Moshe Shpitalni

Dean,

Graduate Studies

Luncheon Speech

Beneficial Relationships between Academia and Companies

Medical Information Technology

A. Neil Pappalardo

Chairman and CEO


3. Sharing Facilities and Expertise

KAIST

Nam Pyo Suh

President

Promoting International Sharing of Research Facilities and Expertise to Strengthen Research Outcomes

Griffith University

Ian O"Connor

President

Economic Benefits of Sharing Research Facilities and Expertise

POSTECH

Sunggi Baik

President

Economic Benefits of Sharing Facilities and Expertise: National NanoFab Center

National NanoFab Center

Hee Chul Lee

President

Communicating Science and Technology to Political Leaders

Office of the President of  KOREA

Chan Mo Park

Special Advisor to the President for Science and Technology

Filling the Gap of University Resources

Bandung Institute of Technology

Djoko Santoso

Rector


4. An Approach to Joint Research Ventures with NASA

NASA

Yvonne Pendleton

Deputy Associate Center Director

Benefits of International Joint Venture Research Projects

University of Adelaide

Martyn J. Evans

Director, Community Engagement

Benefits of International Joint Projects

Mahidol University

Sansanee Chaiyaroj

Vice President

International Joint Research Projects

University of Iowa

P. Barry Butler

Dean, College of Engineering

Joint Research: University of Technology Malaysias Experience at National and International Level

University Technology of Malaysia

Tan Sri Mohd Ghazali

Vice-Chancellor

Sharing Intellectual Property Rights

Paris Institute of Technology

Cyrille van Effenterre

President

Global Economic and Social Contribution of International Joint Project Cooperation

Kyushu University

Wataru Koterayama

Vice President


5. Globalization through Interfacing with Existing Networking

Technical University of Denmark

Lars Pallesen

Rector

Establishing Global Science and Technology Networking

National Cheng Kung University

Da Hsuan Feng

Senior Executive Vice President

Establishing Global Science and Technology Networking

University of Technology of Troyes

Christian Lerminiaux

President

The Role of Global Science and Technology Network for Higher Education in the 21st Century

Iowa State University

Tom I-P. Shih

Department Chair

Regionalized or Globalized Science and Technology Networking

Babes-Bolyai University

Calin Baciu

Dean, Faculty of Environmental Sciences

Globalized Science and Technology Networking

Harbin Institute of Technology

Shuguo Wang

President

Connecting Regional Science and Technology Networks for the Global Networking

Ritsumeikan University

Sadao

Kawamura

Special Aide

to the Chancellor

How Can a Publisher Strengthen the Global Network of Universities?

Elsevier

Youngsuk Chi

Vice Chairman


 

 


 

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