International Educators Focus on Vision and Practice at Gathering in Houston

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International Educators Focus on Vision and Practice at Gathering in Houston


N AFS As 2012 Annual Conference & Expo in Houston, Texas, brought together approximately 8,500 participants from nearly 100 countries May 27- (une 1, 2012, to explore "Comprehensive Internationalization: Vision and Practice."

An outstanding lineup of plenary speakers featured Robert M. Gates, former defense secretary for both Presidents Obama and Bush (2006-2011) and former president of Texas A&M University (2002-2006); Nobel Peace Laureate and Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee; author and U.S. public television series host Rick Steves; and veteran international mediator and recently appointed deputy secretary-general of the United Nations, )an Eliasson (see page 14 for an in-depth interview with Eliasson).

The conference also featured a forum on new approaches to higher education cooperation between the United States and Latin America, a special program for college and university presidents from around the world, and four different colloquiums on internationalizing the curriculums of professional schools (legal education, business education, teacher education, and medical and public health education).

NAFSA honored several international educators with prestigious national awards during the conference. The 2012 Cassandra PyIe Award for Leadership and Collaboration in International Educational Exchange was awarded to Vivien Stewart, senior adviser for education at the Asia Society. …

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