Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University, will travel to East Asia , April 3-15, to herald the University's long-standing partnerships with institutions and people in the region and to explore new cooperative ventures.
The 12-day, five-city visit is Bollinger's first to Asia as President of Columbia University and is part of Columbia University's year-long 250 th anniversary celebration. Senior Columbia faculty members, including Lisa Anderson, dean of the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia's Earth Institute, will join him at several stops.
"We're honored to celebrate our 250 th anniversary with so many of our alumni and friends in Asia," said President Bollinger. " Columbia University has many close personal and institutional ties to Asia's scholarly, business, artistic and government communities, and the University has long been a leader in Asian studies in America."
In addition to meeting with distinguished alumni, and with civic, political and cultural leaders, Bollinger will speak to audiences at Waseda University in Tokyo, Yonsei University in Seoul and Peking University in Beijing.
The President will discuss the impact of globalization on U.S. institutions of higher education, including: curriculum modifications and innovative programs to better prepare the next generation of world leaders; application of scientific and medical research to meet today's global challenges; new approaches to educating an increasing number of international students; and the growing mandate of universities to provide a common ground for civil discourse on the complex issues of our times.
Columbia University has been actively engaged in East Asia and Asian studies for more than a century. The University was among the first colleges in the United States to develop an Asian curriculum for undergraduates. The campus houses one of the largest East Asian libraries outside of Asia, with 750,000 volumes of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan and Western-language materials, and more than 5,500 periodical titles. Columbia 's Weatherhead East Asian Institute has contributed significantly to the understanding of modern East Asia for more than fifty years.
Finally, Columbia continues to attract students from Asia and to benefit from close relationships with alumni throughout the region. Forty percent of Columbia 's foreign students and visiting scholars come from East and Southeast Asia . Columbia has an active alumni network in East Asia of more than 4,200 members, many of them leaders in their respective countries.
For a detailed public schedule, please contact Columbia University 's Office of Public Affairs: (212) 854-5573.