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Nader to lead discussion on global research, partnerships

Rick NaderRick Nader, right, vice provost for international affairs, will offer opening remarks and moderate a panel discussion on global research and partnerships at the 2014 Association of International Education Administrators Forum which begins April 6 in Tampa, Fla.

Hundreds of researchers at the conference will take a look at promising practices in global research.

The panel discussion will focus on articulating the value of institutional global engagement in research.

The nature of today's research and discovery is global, Nader said. Some obvious examples are energy, water, climate and convergence technologies. Yet, university researchers and graduate students rely on funding agencies that are nationally focused, while universities are traditionally locally focused.

So, while U.S. federal funding remains flat, research and development budgets globally have more than doubled over the past 15 years, and continue to grow, Nader said. This presents opportunities for developing unique global networks.

Just as industry is global, Nader said, universities must also be globally engaged in order to nurture environments that support research and graduate education.

“There are research opportunities worldwide, but few schools have a strategic plan to capitalize on those opportunities. This forum offers an opportunity to launch a national discussion of the challenges and solutions to developing a strategic global research plan for our institutions,” said Tom McCoy, UNT vice president for research and economic development.

UNT and the University of South Florida co-organized the conference, to be held at USF. Sponsors include the National Organization for Research Development Professionals (NORDP), the American Council on Education’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement (ACE-CIGE), and Elsevier.

Keynote speakers include Robert Bertram, USAID, William Colglazier, science and technology advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State, and Kathie L. Olsen, former chief scientist at NASA, past deputy director of the National Science Foundation, and founder and director of Scienceworks, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm.

Posted on: Thu 03 April 2014

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