Hosted by Dr. Antonio Leaño Reyes, President of Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara A.C. (Mexico), and chaired by Dr. Neal King, President of the IAUP and President of Sofia University (USA), the fourth Semi-Annual meeting of the 2011-14 Triennium convened in Guadalajara, Mexico from March 14-16, 2013. IAUP members in attendance come from USA, Liberia, Brazil, Bangladesh, Jamaica, Mexico, Japan, Belgium, Austria, Georgia, Spain, Denmark, Chile, China, Canada, Taiwan, France, El Salvador, and Zambia.
The Semi-Annual meeting includes a one-day Latin American Conference held on March 15, 2013. Attendees of the Latin American Conference were welcomed by Jaime Reyes Robles, Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology of the State of Jalisco, Mexico, who highlighted the importance of technology and innovation for social and economic development. Other presenters include: Dr. Madeleine Green, Senior Fellow, International Association of Universities; Dr. Keith Rajecki, Senior Director of Global Education and Research, Oracle; Dr. Steve Mital, Director of Sustainability, University of Oregon; Dr. Arturo Cherbowski, Director General of UNIVERSIA. Various members of the IAUP Executive Committee and Council of Senior Advisors also participated as panelists and presenters on a variety of topics including Internationalization for Innovation, Technology Innovation for Quality Education, Intercultural Dialogue and Peace Promotion, Regional Development with Social Responsibility, The Imperative of Sustainability in Higher Education, and Successful Financial Strategies for Higher Education Innovation.
IAUP President Dr. Neal King reported on the many initiatives and partnerships undertaken by the current Presidency in strengthening the role of IAUP as the global voice in higher education. IAUP President-elect Dr. Toyoshi Satow provided an update on preparations for the XVII IAUP Triennial Conference, to be held in Yokohama, Japan, June 11-14, 2014. Members also discussed plans for the next IAUP Semi-Annual Meeting, to be held in Xinzheng, Henan, China, from September 23-25, 2013 and presented by Dr. Shawn Chen, President of Sias International University, who will serve as host. The full schedule of IAUP Semi-Annual Meetings is available here. Other presentations and discussions included collaboration between United Nations Academic Impact and IAUP, North American Council Presidential Retreat in Chicago, The Changing Nature of War Conference, and Chairs for Africa program. Attendees also honored Susan Adams and unveiled the FDU J. Michael Adams Scholarship and J. Michael Adams Leadership Award.
IAUP Semi-Annual Meetings are organized to fill the gap between triennials. All IAUP members are invited and encouraged to attend these gatherings of higher education chief executives, which afford unique opportunities for the development of international partnerships. The Semi-Annual Meetings also include meetings of the IAUP Executive Committee, the IAUP Board of Directors, the IAUP/UN Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Prevention, and Peace, the IAUP/Microsoft Academic Summit Taskforce, the IAUP/CAEL 21st Century Skills Commission, and other special working groups.