Nov 13, 2006
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Higher Education Leaders, International Experts to Gather in Providence for Friday Conference, “College Ready/World Ready: New England Higher Education in a Global Marketplace”
Conference will be followed by evening dinner celebrating 20 years of NEBHE journal, Connection, and featuring a special presentation to higher education champion, former U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell of Rhode Island.
BOSTON—The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) will hold a conference, titled “College Ready/World Ready: New England Higher Education in a Global Student Marketplace,” on Friday, Nov. 17, at the Biltmore Hotel in Providence, R.I.
Speakers include World Learning President Carol Bellamy, Institute of International Education President Allan E. Goodman, University of Rhode Island President Robert Carothers, Rhode Island School of Design President Roger Mandle and Asia expert S. Frederick Starr, chair of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at Johns Hopkins University.
“It’s imperative that our students and our institutions be prepared to compete and succeed across the world stage,” said NEBHE President and CEO Evan S. Dobelle. “Our region’s academic institutions must remain a magnet for the world’s best and brightest. Convening national and international leaders to discuss these pressing issues is a must.”
The daytime conference will explore crucial issues in international education, globalization, immigration and the future of New England.
Many of New England’s 270 colleges and universities are international institutions—magnets for foreign faculty, scholars and students. But nations that once sent their best and brightest to New England for college now boast their own world-class higher education systems. Expert panelists from education, business and government will discuss how New England should prepare for the challenges and opportunities offered by a shrinking world.
An evening program will honor former U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell (D-R.I.) and mark the 20th anniversary of Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education. Special guest, Zhu Shanlu, secretary of the Beijing Education Commission and vice mayor of Beijing, will offer greetings from China.
Complete agenda and registration information is available at www.nebhe.org/worldready06.