IIE Networker - Spring 2007 - (Page 28)

Feature IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series A Conversation with President John B. Simpson, University at Buffalo By Shannon Bishop In an effort to provide readers with a perspective on how the upper levels of higher education administration interpret the importance of internationalization and the role of the university in promoting it, IIENetworker presents the University Presidents Interview Series. IIENetworker: You recently participated in Secretary Spellings’ Delegation to Promote U.S. Higher Education in Asia. What was your motivation to participate and what were your impressions of the trip? President Simpson: I was honored to be invited on this first-ever senior level trip to promote U.S. higher education abroad. Recognizing the importance of international education, and the critical role that international students and scholars play at my own institution and at universities across the country, I felt it was important to take part in this unprecedented initiative to engage with students, university leaders and government officials in leading sending countries. The trip allowed us to spread our message about the attractiveness of U.S. higher education, and also to hear what our hosts had to say both about their own systems of higher education and about their concerns regarding access to our system. By reaching out to students and colleagues in Japan, Korea, and China, we gained a more informed perspective on our own system, and learned a great deal about the extraordinary transformations occurring in Asian higher education today. I marveled at what I saw of recent developments in this regard in northeast Asia—the impressive expansion of higher education, the striking reforms underway, the sense of optimism one sees everywhere. I couldn’t help feeling a bit envious at what I saw in Asia, and I came away more convinced than ever of the value to our own students of visiting these countries and gaining experience of their systems of higher education. One of the highlights of the trip for me was to witness in Beijing the signing of an MOU by Secretary Spellings and Zhou Ji, China’s Minister of State University of New York at Buffalo President John B. Simpson. To start off this new series, IIENetworker interviewed University at Buffalo, The State University of New York President John B. Simpson. President Simpson has led UB since 2004 and participated in the delegation of 12 university presidents that recently visited China, Japan and Korea, led by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Dina Habib Powell.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Spring 2007

IIE Networker - Spring 2007
Message from Allan E. Goodman
Up Front: The International Education Diary
Best Practices in International Education: Andrew Heiskell Awards 2007
In-Country Consortia: Rethinking Collaboration in Education Abroad
IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series: A Conversation with President John B. Simpson, State University of New York at Buffalo
Higher Education in Pakistan: A Silent Revolution
Opening Minds to the World: Toyota and IIE
Dual Degree Programs
South Africa–USA Partnership
Faculty View
The Browser: Index of Advertisers

IIE Networker - Spring 2007