TROY Chancellor to lead discussions about future of global higher education

Posted: Tuesday, 05 October 2010

TROY—Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. will lead discussions about the future of global higher education later this month when he travels to Turkey.

The World Universities Congress, scheduled to meet Oct. 20 – 24 at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University near ancient Troy, will focus on the global issues facing universities and the roles that universities should play in the future

Dr. Hawkins will delivery an address and chair a panel of university presidents in a discussion about the new roles and missions of universities.

“There’s a vast landscape of global issues in which universities are trying to operate and prepare their graduates with which to deal,” said Dr. Earl Ingram, interim provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. “The World Universities Congress works on the assumption that universities can’t continue to be what they have been in the past.”

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  • The concept of a “university” within the light of recent developments: Past, present and future definitions of a university;
  • Understanding and preventing global climate change;
  • Preventing global terrorism;
  • Eradicating global poverty;
  • Solving the problems of global migration;
  • Eradicating inequalities in income distribution;
  • Eradicating injustices in health services;
  • Eradicating inequalities in educational opportunities;
  • Proposing solutions to environmental pollution;
  • Preventing regional conflict;
  • Securing world peace;
  • Protecting cultural heritage;
  • Developing lasting solutions to rapid population growth; and
  • Expanding the role of non-governmental organizations in local and international development

At its base, Ingram said the Congress will focus on overcoming inertia in the ways universities teach their students how to integrate into a global marketplace and global societies.

“These discussions are really about investing energy into creating a new path for universities,” he said. “Overcoming inertia in higher education is really about changing the direction and motion of the universities, and the World Universities Congress does so by delving into the details of the issues the graduates of the world’s universities will face.”