interACT Presidential Summit on the Globalized University Held at CMU Silicon Valley-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

interACT Presidential Summit on the Globalized University Held at CMU Silicon Valley-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

interACT Presidential Summit on the Globalized University Held at CMU Silicon Valley

How do you prepare students for this 21st Century world, so different from everything that came before it? How do you give them the edge? How do you prepare them to work together? What kind of an education will ensure that globalization works for the next generation? Hopefully, in the years to come, the International Center for Advanced Communications Technology (interACT) will provide some powerful answers to these profound questions.

Attendees at a two-day interACT Presidential Summit, held at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, home of the Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley Campus (CMUSV) tackled these and other compelling questions.

InterACT is a joint center between seven of the leading institutions in the US, Europe and Asia:

Founded in 2004, the center is affiliated with the School of Computer Science at each institution.

And interACT's mission? Train students, staff and faculty to operate in international research teams across multinational and multicultural boundaries. The center offers international exchange programs, seminars and academies and facilitates cross-national research projects. Research on technologies, processes and policies that facilitate and improve cross-cultural understanding, cross-lingual communication, transnational cooperation and collaboration.

The President’s Panel, a far-ranging, hour-long discussion on the first evening of the Summit, was composed of representatives from all the participating institutions, including several university presidents, as well as researchers from critical fields in science and engineering.

At the beginning of the event, Prof. Dr. Alex Waibel of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the Director of interACT, spoke on what interACT is and what it is dedicated to accomplish:

"It is a somewhat unusual organization, or consortium, it's a network of universities that want to collaborate in preparing for a globalized future. Universities are by their definition and very nature typically local, and regional … But the world is changing."

At the conclusion of the President’s Panel, a far-ranging, hour-long discussion on the first evening of the Summit, Dr. Jared Cohon, President of Carnegie Mellon University, provided a summarizing statement on behalf of interACT, as a whole:

"We have brought together the seven member institutions of interACT, to consider how interACT is doing, what the benefits were to our institutions and what we might do more of moving forward. The seven institutions strongly endorse InterACT. We believe it has been very successful, we believe that all of our institutions have benefited from it, and it has produced real results in the form of research, and education. It represents a global collaboration of a dimension that is rarely seen, but is growing rapidly, and we will provide a lot of leavening for others.