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President James Conwell Being Featured at International Education Collaboration Symposium in Japan

October 22, 2013

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James C. Conwell, Rose-Hulman President

Rose-Hulman President James C. Conwell is among featured educational leaders speaking during the Symposium on International Research & Educational Collaboration, hosted at Japan’s University of Aizu on Thursday, October 24, in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan.

Conwell will join administrators from Aizu, China’s Nanjing University, Taiwan’s Chaoyang University of Technology, and Russia’s Novosibirsk State University in making presentations about the value of collaboration at their institutions. There will also be a celebration for the University of Aizu’s 20-year anniversary on Wednesday, October 23.

“Collaboration is evident throughout our Rose-Hulman campus culture and it extends to our partners in industry and abroad,” said Conwell, who became president on May 1 after 17 years as vice president of Jacobs Engineering Group, one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of engineering and technical services. “One of the goals in Rose-Hulman’s Strategic Plan is for the institute to become a more globally connected community.”

Conwell noted Rose-Hulman shares the University of Aizu’s principles to advance knowledge of humanity. “A knowledge and desire for meeting the next wave of global challenges will required strong technical, creative thinkers who can work with diverse groups to bring solutions -- often quickly and nimbly,” he says.  “As we collaborate side-by-side, strangers from miles away soon become colleagues and friends. These experiences serve as a true education and an influence for a lifetime.”

As an example of collaboration at Rose-Hulman, Conwell will cite the success in the development of Indianapolis-based NICO Corporation’s life-saving brain tumor removal system, including the Myriad and BrainPath devices, assisted by students and project managers at Rose-Hulman Ventures.

Conwell is leading a Rose-Hulman delegation to Aizu’s 20-year anniversary celebration that also includes Phil Cornwell, PhD, vice president for academic affairs, and Julia Williams, PhD, executive director of the Office of Research, Planning and Assessment and a professor of English.

Rose-Hulman has been an educational partner with the University of Aizu since 2006, 13 years after the institution was founded as Japan’s first university solely dedicated to computer science and engineering education.