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Board of Directors Luncheon with Ben Wildavsky
The French-American Foundation welcomed Ben Wildavsky, Director of Higher Education Studies at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, State University of New York, and Policy Professor at the University at Albany. Wildavsky shared his insights on trends in higher education and challenges facing universities on both sides of the Atlantic as the most prestigious universities attract more and more students and academics from across the globe. As discussed in his award-winning 2010 book, The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World, Wildavsky looked at the "global university" and explored how the United States, France, and Europe are adjusting to the educational needs of an evolving world and how higher education on each side of the Atlantic is faring is this increasingly globally competitive environment. Wildavsky also addressed the efforts of French universities such as Sciences-Po to adjust to these global standards and the struggle of the French education system as a whole to promote greater innovation.
Board of Directors Luncheons are held three times a year immediately following Foundation Board meetings. For more information, please contact Patrick Lattin at [email protected].
About Ben Wildavsky
Ben Wildavsky is Director of Higher Education Studies at the State University of New York's Rockefeller Institute of Government, and Policy Professor at the University at Albany. A former senior scholar at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, he is the author of the award-winning book, The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World (2010). He is also the co-editor of Reinventing Higher Education: The Promise of Innovation (2011). His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, New Republic, The Atlantic, and many other international publications. As an editorial and strategic consultant, he has provided advice to education leaders and written influential policy reports. Wildavsky also held several positions at U.S. News & World Report, including education editor, from 1998 to 2006. Wildavsky graduated from Yale University (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude).
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