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Aug 13 2011

President Guiliano Addresses the World University Presidents Forum

Shenzhen, China  (Aug. 13, 2011)  ─ Universities play a central role in advancing solutions to the world’s major challenges, according to NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D. 
President Guiliano presented his ideas on globalism and higher education during his speech at the World University Presidents Forum in Shenzhen, China on August 13. This year, presidents and representatives from more than 160 universities from around the globe attended, with President Guiliano as the sole American participant.

“Universities are natural incubators of ideas, collaboration, and ingenuity,” President Guiliano says. “As educators, we serve our society and act as natural pioneers. Higher education is just as important as government or business in today’s global discourse on sustainability.”

The three-day forum, sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Shenzhen Municipal Government, provides a platform for participants to exchange ideas, promote mutual understanding, and deepen intercollegiate cooperation among universities around the world.

“I believe in the 21st century that our campuses must be more like ‘idea centers’” according to President Guiliano. “Universities are the link in uniting ideas, cultures, nations, economies and research.”

As part of his speech, President Guiliano presented a video on NYIT’s sustainability initiatives.

Keynote speaker Madam Liu Yandong, state councilor of the People’s Republic of China, spoke about deepening “people-to-people exchange” for world prosperity, harmony, and human progress. Her remarks outlined important initiatives for higher education policy in China. Other speakers included Minister of Education Yuan Guiren and Irina Bokova, director-general of United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

NYIT-Nanjing offers degrees in computer science, communication arts, and electrical and computer engineering. NYIT also offers programs in coordination with Tongji University in Nanchang, Tsinghua University-Hebei in Shanghai, and Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics (JUFE) in Nanchang.

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