27 May 2015

Message from the Secretary-General to the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the International Association of University Presidents: ''Higher Education in 2065"

MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY-GENERAL&nbspTO THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS
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'HIGHER EDUCATION IN 2065',&nbsp&nbspOXFORD, UK, &nbspMAY 2015
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(Photograph:&nbspFirst IUAP meeting in 1965)

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Honourable President Toyoshi Satow, International Association of University Presidents,

Honourable President and co-host In-won Choue, Kyung Hee University,
Honourable President and co-host Sheldon Drucker, Fairleigh Dickinson University,
Ladies and gentlemen,
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It gives me great pleasure to congratulate the International Association of University Presidents on its 50th anniversary.
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I have been fortunate to have had many opportunities to meet the IAUP&amprsquos leaders and members, and to count two of its most distinguished leaders, the late Young-seek Choue and Michael Adams, as valued personal friends.&nbsp
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It is fitting that this commemoration is being co-hosted by the institutions they led -- Kyung Hee University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. As an international campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Wroxton College is an excellent venue.&nbsp
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Both universities are firmly grounded in the universal values of the United Nations. Fairleigh Dickinson University was the first American university to operate an international campus, while Kyung-Hee University was at the forefront in successful attempts to establish an International Day and Year of Peace.&nbsp
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It was at the IAUP&amprsquos 40th anniversary, in 2005, that the United Nations first suggested the idea of a formal mechanism that would allow scholarship and research to play their deserved role in addressing global issues. Five years later, with the IAUP&amprsquos continued support and counsel, the United Nations Academic Impact came into being. Today it has more than 1000 member institutions. I hope that it will help set a new course as the United Nations prepares to adopt a bold agenda for sustainable development at our Summit this September in New York.
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As the IAUP celebrates its 50th anniversary, the United Nations is marking 70 years since its founding in San Francisco. &nbspThe United Nations has evolved over the years to meet the growing challenges of an increasingly globalized world, but we cannot do this work alone. &nbsp
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Climate change, economic crises, health pandemics, food insecurity, demographic change, population growth, conflict, inequality and discrimination have an impact on all addressing these issues demands contributions from all.&nbsp
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The mission of the IAUP -- to promote global awareness and competence as well as peace and international understanding through education -- is exactly what is needed to create the next generation of engaged citizens who will be at the forefront of solving global challenges.
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As IAUP President Toyoshi Satow has said &ampldquoIf people think your vision is good for the world&amprsquos people, then the vision itself gradually gains power.&amprdquo
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Thank you for supporting the United Nations and for educating so many people. I wish you great success for the next 50 years!

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