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Monthly Report No.17 (Nov. 8, 2010)

Dear AC21 Members,

 

Greetings from the AC21 Secretariat!

 

**Please allow me to introduce myself.  I am the new project coordinator for the AC21 and welcome any comments or new information that may be useful to include on the next AC21 Monthly Report. Thank you for your cooperation.

Sheri Love Yasue      sheri.yasue@h.mbox.nagoya-u.ac.jp 

 

This is an update on the events that took place this past month for the AC21.  It was a very busy and successful month for our consortium and, as many of you surely know, the 5th AC21 International Forum, the 8th AC21 Steering Committee Meeting and the 4th General Assembly took place in Shanghai this past October, brilliantly hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.  The following is brief summary of the events that took place. 

 

Steering Committee Meeting:

The events began on in the morning of October 18th at the new Shanghai Jiao Tong Minghang Campus tour where the Steering Committee participants got a firsthand look at some of the state-of-the-art facilities and world class library at the SJTU campus.  A lunch was hosted at the beautiful on-campus Liuyuan Restaurant which boasts a very long and eventful history. 

              The Steering Committee (STC) meeting was held the same afternoon and the AC21 was represented by six universities (Chemnitz University of Technology, Chulalongkorn University, Nagoya University, North Carolina State University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, The University of Sydney) and one observer (The University of Adelaide).  The representatives met to discuss last year’s activities and overall progress and heard a report from the General Secretariat.  Other items on the agenda were new member candidates, member withdrawals, a revision of the AC21 articles, a report of the 2011 Student World Forum by Chulalongkorn University as well as a report on the 2012 International Forum preparations by the University of Adelaide. 

              Last on the agenda was a discussion about future activities and a tentative schooling proposal by the General Secretariat.  There were many interesting and thought provoking comments made during the meeting and those can all be read in detail in the soon to be mailed out comprehensive summary of all recent events.  The STC meeting was followed immediately by a dinner hosted by SJTU at a floating restaurant in Pudong Harbor that boasted magnificent views of the Shanghai harbor at night.  A wonderful time was had by all.

 

International Forum:

The 5th International Forum was held at the Regal East Asia International Hotel in Shanghai.  The forum ran for 2 days beginning on October 19th and 20th with the theme, “Competition and Cooperation among Universities in the age of Globalization”.

               With over 100 participants from all over the world, the forum can easily be rated as a success.  The forum began with opening remarks from Jie Zhang, President of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Michinari Hamaguchi, President of Nagoya University, and a surprise visit from the former President of Nagoya University and from Nobel Prize laureate, Makoto Kobayashi.  The forum then continued on to keynote speeches by such distinguished colleagues as Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Adelaide James McWha, Vice-President of Nagoya University Yoshihito Watanabe, Chancellor of Chemnitz University of Technology Eberhard Alles, and Vice-Provost for International Affairs at North Carolina State University Bailian Li.    

              The following two days continued to explore this theme by progressing into sub-themes, “University Ranking and the Evaluation of Higher Education”, “Graduate Education in the Age of Internationalization”, and finally, “Building world-class universities in the age of internationalization”. The Forum was hosted and organized by a very efficient and welcoming staff from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and we send out our gratitude once again for an excellent job well done.

 

AC21 General Assembly

The General Assembly took place on Wednesday, October 20th at the Regal International East Asia Hotel in the afternoon directly following the end of the International Forum.  Fifteen University representatives were present and hailed from Nagoya University, Chemnitz University of Technology, Chulalongkorn University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Jilin University, Kasetsart University, North Carolina State University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Stellenbosch University, Tongji University, The University of Adelaide, University of Strasbourg, the University of Minnesota and The University of Sydney and were joined by one observer the Technical University of Lisbon. 

              Though the agenda was quite similar in content to the Steering Committee, there were some important announcements made regarding new members.  The new Member Institutions formally decided at the 2009 STC were Stellenbosch University and the University of Strasbourg, as well as our newest member, the University of Minnesota, decided two days earlier at the 2010 STC. 

              There were also some very important announcements made firstly by the University of Strasbourg to offer themselves as host the 2015 Student World Forum and by Tongji University to host the 2013 Student World Forum, both offers which are awaiting final confirmation.  The AC21 appreciates all offers to host events and acknowledges the enthusiasm and dedication that each member invests in the future of the Academic Consortium 21. 

 

Important Reminders!

  We are still looking for a host for the 2014 International Forum.  If there is any interest, please contact the General Secretariat. 

  Check out our new FACEBOOK page (still in its infancy) but soon to be a place where members can easily post interesting articles from online news sites, post news about their institutions as well as intra-consortium travel and visit updates.  The FACEBOOK page is registered as a group “Academic Consortium21” and registered under `Sheri Yasue`.  All content is public and easily accessible.  The photo albums have been uploaded and can be downloaded straight from the site. 

  Don’t forget to check out our updated AC21 Summer School information on Member Institution Summer Programs on our webpage.  (The current list includes programs from the University of Adelaide, North Carolina State University, Chemnitz University of Technology, the University of Sydney, the University of Freiburg, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Nagoya University)

  Each Member Institution will soon be asked to select 2 students to attend the 2011 Student World Forum held at Chulalongkorn University.  Student must be available from May 15-21, 2011.  Further details and an official invitation letter will be sent out directly by Chulalongkorn University in December, 2010.