IAUP President and Sofia University (USA) President Dr. Neal King presented at the Third Forum of Societal Partnership, “Scientific Research and Knowledge Exchange”, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The forum was held in April 2013 and sponsored by the Scientific Research Deanship and The General Secretariat of Research Chairs Programs at AlImam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University.
Dr. Neal King’s presentation was titled, “Striving for a Truly Omnipresent Science.” King commented, “A relatively new objective that has emerged in college and university mission statements around the world is the preparation of ‘global citizens’. My observation is that for many institutions this is addressed in sending and receiving students – and sometimes professors – in international exchange. This certainly is an important element of broadening individuals’ understanding of cultural relativity versus a more narrowly parochial sense of the world as seen through one’s own cultural lens.” King further shared his observations on removing barriers towards this important goal, “Steps that our members within IAUP are finding effective include… individual memoranda of understanding between cooperating universities – often arranged as an outcome of the personal relationships that develop between the presidents – jointly designed curricula, and pedagogies that encourage open and critical inquiry and application free from any particular orthodoxies or ideological restraints.”
The full text of Dr. Neal King’s presentation can be found at http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20130509160423251