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Mason hosts AIEA Thematic Forum on internationalization of university research

Posted 19 Mar 2015

George Mason University’s Center for Global Studies hosted a thematic forum, Internationalizing the University: Globalizing Research and Innovation via US-EU Transatlantic Cooperation. The forum, sponsored by the Association of International Education Administrators was organized by the Office of Global Strategy and in close cooperation with the EU Delegation to the USA, BILAT 2.0 USA, and National Council of University Research Administrators took place on George Mason University’s Arlington campus on February 19, 2015.

Svetlana Filiatreau, Manager for Global Learning Integration in the Office of Global Strategy reported that over 80 participants registered for the event, and the forum received a very positive feedback. One of the goals, Filiatreau said, was to encourage senior international administrators in U.S. universities to encourage creation and participation of their home institutions global research networks, made possible by the Horizon 2020 – European Union’s (EU) new research and innovation funding framework.

University World News indicated in its report on the forum that “a study published last year by AIEA argues that strategic international research partnerships will become increasingly indispensable for top-tier US research universities.”

As such, the event facilitated the discussion about the importance of science diplomacy and transatlantic partnerships, as well as assistance in tapping into research funds available through Horizon 2020, a flagship initiative aimed at fostering cross-cultural networks of researchers to address global challenges. Participants were welcomed by Mason’s VP for Global Strategy Solon Simmons. Desmond Dinan, the Director of Center for Global Studies and Jean Monnet Chair in the School of Policy, Government and International Affairs moderated the event.

Speakers included: representatives of the EU Delegation to the USA, US Department of State, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), BILAT USA 2.0 project, experts and senior research and international officers from George Washington University, George Mason University and University of Maryland Baltimore County.

The day-long event was the closing event of the Association of International Education Administrators’ (AIEA) annual conference, which addressed international research opportunities.