UB Today Alumni Magazine Online - Spring/Summer 2001
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President's Message

 

It is my pleasure to report on my recent visit to Singapore, where I participated in the first UB International Alumni Leadership Conference. This unprecedented gathering on March 9 and 10 brought together alumni chapter leaders from the nine Asian countries in which UB has established Alumni Association chapters: China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. The event symbolizes the university's commitment to strengthen its partnerships with alumni not only in Asia, but around the world, in order to increase UB's visibility overseas, to support and advance our international programs and to foster closer ties between UB and the home countries of our alumni.

Our goals were to explore ways that UB and our Asian alumni could work together to build strong, service-oriented alumni organizations in the Pacific Rim, to promote the university's institutional involvement in Asia and its effort to recruit high-quality students from that region, and to advance UB's many initiatives, projects and affiliations in Asia. As with UB alumni chapters elsewhere in the world, these relationships enhance educational experiences for all students at UB.

For me, one of the most gratifying experiences of the conference was meeting again with many prominent UB alumni from all parts of Asia. The professional and personal successes of these alumni are a tribute both to themselves and to UB. I was very impressed by the achievements of our Asian alumni, many of whom are now leaders in higher education, business and the professions. I am delighted for them and pleased that they have benefited from the education that they received at the University at Buffalo. Having risen to positions of leadership in their own countries, our Asian alumni play a vital role on behalf of UB. On their own and with their fellow alumni, these ambassadors for UB demonstrate what we have to offer to qualified students looking for a world-class education at a leading American university.

 
From left: Vice Provost Stephen Dunnett; Ching-Shyang Ho, B.S. 90; President Greiner; Foo-Sen Siow, B.S. 85; Bradley Lee, B.S. 91; Ling-Ling Tan, B.S. 91; Eng-Kiat Kwa, B.S. 89and Assistant Vice Provost Joseph Hindrawan.  
 
Our meeting in Singapore, one of the world's great crossroads, shows the extent of UB's global reach and its success in establishing a strong institutional presence throughout Asia. It also is a testament to our progress in globalizing the university and making international education an integral part of our overall mission. Our longstanding institutional commitment to international education led to our establishing the Office of the Vice Provost for International Education more than a decade ago.

UB takes pride in its leadership role as an international center for education and service. The following are some of our current success stories.

  • A unique multidisciplinary joint master's degree program in Caribbean Studies, to be launched in Fall 2001 in cooperation with the University of Havana, Cuba.
  • The new Economics and Business Administration program, developed by our exchange partner, Konan University in Kobe, Japan, bringing 30 Japanese management students to UB each year for two semesters of special courses and professional training, beginning in 2003.
  • The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences project in Bangalore, India, to develop the Indo-American Institute of Technology, offering four engineering and computer science degree programs.
  • The School of Management's successful Executive M.B.A. programs in Singapore and China.
  • The Graduate School of Education assistance projects in Ethiopia, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development, helping Addis Ababa University develop sorely needed teacher-training programs.
  • Making our campus an international one through our highly successful overseas recruitment program, increasing our enrollment of high-quality international students to 2,600.
  • The growth of our Asian Studies Program and the enrollments in our Asian language and culture programs, second only to Spanish in popularity among UB undergraduates.
  • Our landmark exchange with Jagiellonian University in Poland, to be renewed this year, supporting the development of our Polish Studies program.
  • Our innovative study abroad and exchange programs in Australia, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand and the United Kingdom, offering students unique opportunities.

The prominence of international education at UB is particularly important for our students, who must acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to flourish in the world marketplace. As our alumni conference in Singapore vividly demonstrates, the University at Buffalo is now a global player in higher education and is well-positioned to offer the academic preparation and international experiences our students need to be confident and successful citizens in the global economy and society of the 21st century.

William R. Greiner
President, University at Buffalo

 
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