Thursday, January 13, 2011

First Greece-U.S. Academic Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The Embassy of Greece in Washington D.C. is organizing the first meeting of the newly-formed Academic Advisory Council (AAC), consisting of eminent Greek-Americans in key leadership positions at American universities (Presidents, Rectors, Deans), with Rectors from universities in Greece.

The meeting will take place this coming weekend (January 15-16) at Georgetown University and will provide a forum for a productive exchange of views, experiences and good practices, in a joint effort to seek practical ways of establishing effective cooperation, partnership building and enhancing the university experience on both sides of the Atlantic.

A year ago, the Greek Ambassador to the U.S., Mr. Vassilis Kaskarelis, took the initiative to form the Academic Advisory Committee, aiming at a comprehensive, systematic and coordinated effort to expand cooperation of the academia in the U.S. with academic institutions in Greece.

Among the distinguished speakers will be the Honorable Andrew Natsios and Dr. Peter McPherson, President of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (A۰P۰L۰U), USA’s oldest higher education association comprised of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and state university systems. A۰P۰L۰U member campuses enroll more than 3.5 million undergraduate and 1.1 million graduate students, employ more than 645,000 faculty members, and conduct nearly two-thirds of all academic research, totaling more than $34 billion annually.

This event is being organized by the Embassy of Greece, hosted by Georgetown University and sponsored by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation and Georgetown University.

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