Recent Visits

President Christina Paxson greets Luc Hittinger, President of Université Paris-Est Créteil, prior to a signing ceremony formalizing a memorandum of understanding on February 12, 2013. 

International Visitors and Delegations

Brown University hosts a variety of distinguished international visitors and delegations. A few of the most recent visits hosted by the Office of International Affairs are listed below.


Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. September 24, 2012.  Interested in broadening Tokyo Tech’s focus beyond engineering, Professor Daisaburo Hashizume, Head of Tokyo Tech’s inter-university liberal arts program, was granted permission to attend several undergraduate classes to experience and observe firsthand Brown’s undergraduate course structure.  Matthew Gutmann, Vice President for International Affairs, along with representatives from Continuing Education, International Programs and faculty from our Engineering and Sociology departments spent time meeting with Professor Hashizume. 


Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), India, October 9-10, 2012.  A.K.Suresh, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Dean of the Faculty at IIT-Bombay visited Brown with the aim of strengthening ties between our two institutions and formalized a Global Forums agreement during a signing ceremony with Provost Mark Schlissel. 


VEJA, Brazil, October 10, 2012.  Nathália Butti, a journalist from the Brazilian magazine VEJA, visited campus to cover Brown’s involvement in the undergraduate Brazilian Science Mobility Program which is part of the Brazilian government’s initiative to grant 100,000 scholarships for the best students to study abroad at the world’s best universities.  The program offers students from Brazil an opportunity to pursue study in mostly STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for up to 12 months at colleges and universities in the United States. At the end of the year, students return to complete their degrees in Brazil.  Ms. Butti spent time interviewing students enrolled in the program and also met with David Targan, Associate Dean of the College for Science.  


Fundação De Amparo À Pesquisa Do Estado De São Paulo (FAPESP), Brazil, October 19, 2012. This visit served to continue discussions regarding the goal of strengthening Brown’s collaborations with the São Paulo Research Foundation FAPESP.  The meetings and events brought together to Dr. Jose Arana Varela from FAPESP, Brown’s Vice President for International Affairs, Vice President for Research, Dean of the Graduate School, and representatives of Bio Med.


Nanjing University, China, October 25-30, 2012.  Nanjing University’s Vice President Zhong YANG, along with Deputy Dean Cong CONG, attended President Christina Paxson’s inaugural celebration.  Although Hurricane Sandy prevented Vice President YANG from delivering a lecture scheduled for October 29 entitled, “The Evolution and Exploration of the Chinese Management Style”, under the auspices of Brown Global Forums, meetings with Provost Mark Schlissel, the Vice President for International Affairs and various faculty members did take place.    


King's College, London, UK, November 8-9, 2012. Professor Jan Palmowski, Head of the School of Arts and Humanities, and Dr. Ian Barrett from King’s College visited with a particular interest in Brown’s open curriculum model and the Brown/RISD dual degree program.  To that end, they had the opportunity to meet with several students enrolled in the dual degree program, the program Advising Assistant and Dean Stephen Lassonde.  With keen interest in exploring possible collaboration opportunities leveraging emerging technologies, a meeting with representatives from Brown’s Computing and Information Services was arranged.  The remainder of the visit afforded opportunities to meet with the Provost, Dean of the College, Vice President for International Affairs, Director of the  Cogut Center, Director of the Swearer Center and a faculty member from Theatre Arts & Performance Studies. 


Zhejiang University, China, December 7, 2012.  Various meetings were held with the delegation, comprised of 10 faculty members and administrators from Zhejiang University, focused on Brown’s structure of undergraduate science education courses and a discussion for insight into how Brown measures academic performance. In addition to meeting with Katherine Bergeron, Dean of the College, and Matthew Gutmann, Vice President for International Affairs, the delegation also met with representatives from Brown’s Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics departments. 


Beijing Normal University, China, January 30, 2013.  Accompanied by two associates, Professor Chenghua Guan, Director of The Research Institute on Governance at Beijing Normal University, pursued discussions regarding the viability of short-term student exchanges for high-achieving Beijing Normal University students. Brown representatives from American Studies, East Asian Studies, Office of International Programs, and the Office of International Affairs participated.


Keio University, Japan, February 7, 2013. Naoyuki Agawa, Vice President of International Collaborations at Keio University met with representatives from Admissions, the Office of International Affairs and the Office of International Programs to discuss further plans for mobility between Brown and Keio students. 


Université Paris-Est Créteil, France, February 12, 2013.  This visit brought together President Christina Paxson and Luc Hittinger, President of Université Paris-Est Créteil, for a signing ceremony formalizing a five-year exchange and collaboration agreement between Brown and Université Paris-Est Créteil.  Additional meetings took place with Dean Edward Wing, the Vice President for International Affairs and faculty from Comparative Literature and French Studies.  Isabelle Alfandary, Vice President of International Relations at Université Paris-Est Créteil and François Tavernier, Chief of Staff, accompanied President Hittinger.    


Université Lumière Lyon 2, France, March 7, 2013. Faculty from Brown’s Classics and English Departments, as well as representatives from the Office of International Programs and the Office of International Affairs met with Isabelle Tapiero, Vice President for International Affairs, and Jim Walker, Coordinator of Agreements, to discuss the renewal of an expired student exchange agreement and to continue discussions to advance collaboration opportunities under a Global Forums  agreement.


Wuhan University of Science and Technology, China, May 9, 2013.  With interest in becoming more familiar with Brown’s International Relations program, a large delegation from China’s Wuhan University of Science and Technology visited the Brown campus and enjoyed a working lunch hosted by the Vice President for International Affairs. 


University of Cape Town, South Africa, May 29, 2013.  A delegation led by Professor Daniel Visser, Deputy Vice-Chancellor with the Portfolio of Research at the University of Cape Town, visited Brown to explore mutually beneficial research collaborations, to continue discussions regarding the Brown + 1 program and to become more familiar with Brown’s MB Technology Ventures initiative. Terrie Fox Wetle, Dean, School of Public Health, hosted the delegation for meetings with various faculty members representing the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Health Services Policy and Practice, Epidemiology, Biostatistics and the Division of Immunology at Miriam Hospital.  Meetings with the Office of International Programs and the Technology Ventures Office also took place.   

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