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Peace, and University Opportunities

Peace, and University Opportunities

One of the striking things about the recent, unlamented presidential campaign was the absence of much reference to peace. At one of the debates, Romney used the term, which I found encouraging, but as far as I could tell Obama, the Nobel awardee, did not. At a point when we’ve ended one war and are […]

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07 Oct Posted by in Academics, International | 1 comment

China 1-2-1

China 1-2-1

Quite a few people know about this highly successful program, but a further shout out is appropriate. The program, now in its 9th year at Mason, has brought 264 Chinese students to Mason from a variety of interesting Chinese universities. The students spend their first year in China, come here for two or more years, […]

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Commuters and Commuter Schools

Commuters and Commuter Schools

Two preliminaries. First, the initial spur for this blog came from our new University president, who has a knack for asking timely questions. I hope I am usefully embellishing the thought. Second, this is an unabashed effort to have my institutional cake and eat it too, but I think our record warrants the combination; you […]

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Mason’s Access Program: An Update

Mason’s Access Program: An Update

This is the odd time of year when I realize that summer is close to over, as far as my activities are concerned, with the usual regrets about its passing too quickly, and when I also begin to anticipate the excitement of a new academic year. As I’ve written before, when I stop feeling a […]

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Lessons to Ukraine?

Lessons to Ukraine?

I’m off to Kiev this week, giving several talks and participating in several forums on higher education. Audience and co-panelists will be mainly higher ed officials from Ukraine. I’m sponsored by the State Department (and taxpayers will be relieved to know they don’t pay for business class airfares). The goal is to use discussions of […]

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Toward More Education on Global Problems

Toward More Education on Global Problems

Next week Mason hosts a conference with representatives from universities in China, Korea, Russia, India, Turkey, Kenya and Brazil, with the goal of agreeing on some concrete programs that will improve undergraduate opportunities to explore global issues ranging from environmental change to violence to poverty and hunger. The idea, which I blogged about some time […]

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Collaborations

Collaborations

Collaborations are hardly an innovation on the education front, but it does seem to me their importance is expanding. Certainly for a self-professed up-and-comer like Mason, collaborations are a vital means of expansion and improvement. We’re pleased, of course, at the growth of dual degree collaborations with various international partners. The China 1-2-1 program is […]

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Higher Education: Two Perspectives

Higher Education: Two Perspectives

In April I’m giving a talk on higher education in Ukraine at the invitation of the State Department. I haven’t finished it yet, but I know my hosts hope I’ll talk about some of the strengths of American higher education that might help Ukrainian counterparts think about reform in a situation that apparently has not […]

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Visitors

Visitors

One of the appealing aspects of being involved with a university, in whatever capacity, are the exciting outside presentations that are recurrently available. The challenge, of course, is that far more is presented than what time typically allows. As with many colleagues, my schedule limits opportunities more than I would like, or forces a brief […]

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The Songdo Venture

The Songdo Venture

After more than two years negotiation, plans for the possible opening of a Mason campus in Songdo, South Korea, in the Incheon Free Economic Zone, are now rapidly moving ahead. We are filing an application with the Korean ministry of education. I must stress that there is still some negotiation needed before a real launch, […]

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