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Release: April 19, 2001
UI president to join international university leaders in addressing higher
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- UI President Mary Sue Coleman on Sunday and Monday, April
22-23 will join nearly 100 university leaders from six continents at a convocation
in Washington, D.C. to explore how universities are responding to the economic
and cultural challenges of globalization and information technologies. The
international meeting is being convened by the Association of American Universities
(AAU) of which the University of Iowa is a member.
Coleman will moderate a breakout session on "Trends in International
University Collaboration," a subject on which Peter Gaehtgens, president
of the Free University of Berlin, and M. Peter McPherson,, president of Michigan
State University, will speak.
The meeting is the first international convocation initiated by AAU and
is the third and concluding meeting of the association's yearlong centennial
celebration , which began in April 2000.
"In our first two centennial meetings we examined the future of U.S.
universities and the future of the academic disciplines," said Coleman.
"Our goal with this meeting is to look beyond North America to the role
of the universities in helping people around the world deal with the economic
and cultural issues associated with globalization. We have much to learn from
Keynoting the meeting Sunday afternoon will be Henry Rosovksy, university
professor emeritus of Harvard University, who will examine the conflict between
economic development and cultural identity. Providing a regional perspective
on Rosovsky's presentation will be Zhihong Xu, president of Peking University,
and Luis Alfredo Riveros, rector of the University of Chile. His Highness
the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims and
president of Aga Khan University in Pakistan, will speak after dinner that
In addition to the session in which Coleman will lead, Monday's program
will include a session on the competing demands on universities from governments,
industry, and the public featuring Sir Alec Broers, vice-chancellor of Cambridge
University; Shigehiko Hasumi, president emeritus of the University of Tokyo;
and Juan Ramon de la Fuente, rector of the National Autonomous University