Webinar: Why build universities as global intellectual hubs

Global problems require global solutions, and universities have an important role to play. Our students learn and live abroad, and bring fresh perspectives that help us tackle challenges back home in new ways.

Our academics work on solving some of the biggest problems facing our world, often by collaborating with other experts in various parts of the globe.

Watch this webinar to hear UCalgary’s senior leaders and internationalization experts talk about why global connections are critical for solving global challenges, why it makes sense to build universities as global intellectual hubs and what’s in it for us as individuals, cities, provinces and countries.  

Recorded on February 5, 2019

About the speakers

Dr. Dru Marshall is the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) who has led the development and advancement of the university’s international strategy. She is regarded as one of Canada’s most experienced academic leaders and administrators, and is a nationally recognized scholar in physiology, coaching and women in sport.

Dr. Janaka Ruwanpura is the Vice-Provost (International) and Professor of Civil Engineering and Project Management. He has led the implementation of the university's international strategy since 2013, and has contributed valuable international initiatives to our Schulich School of Engineering prior to that.

Dr. Lesley Rigg is the Dean of the Faculty of Science and a proactive champion of internationalization. She is an internationally recognized scholar in biogeography, especially forest ecosystems and vegetation dynamics, and has more than 25 years of experience in post-secondary education.  

Will Bui is a University of Calgary alumnus who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and one in Geography. During university he completed a student exchange semester studying political economy and global history at Korea University in Seoul.

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