Nirupama Rao, India’s ambassador to the United States, delivered the keynote address last week at the 13th annual meeting of ACE’s Leadership Network on International Education, discussing the relationship between United States and India and the key role higher education institutions play in connecting the world’s nations.
Rao spoke about India’s long-standing historical universities, but noted that today the country has a new opportunity: its growing youth population. She gave an overview of India’s intentions to strengthen its community college system, emphasizing the role the United States plays as a model in this sector.
After Rao’s speech, representatives from the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, which along with the United States are the top four destinations for students earning a degree outside their home country. All three stressed the importance of student mobility to developing global understanding. Representatives of the U.S. government also spoke about resources available for institutions to internationalize.
In the afternoon, ACE Presidential Advisor for Global Initiatives Patti McGill Peterson reviewed the results of ACE’s recent report, Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses. She was followed by ACE Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement Director Brad Farnsworth, who moderated a panel of presidents from institutions that were recently members of ACE’s Internationalization Laboratory.
The Leadership Network is an informal group that includes current and past members of the ACE Commission on International Initiatives and other presidents and chief academic officers with an interest in international education. For more information on the Leadership Network, contact Barbara Hill. For more updates on international higher education, follow @ACE_CIGE on Twitter.