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Bentley Participates in Higher Education Summit for Global Development in Washington, D.C

May 5, 2008

Bentley Associate Provost for International Relations and Cronin International Center Director Nader Asgary was invited to present at the Higher Education Summit for Global Development in Washington D.C., April 29-30, hosted by Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

In addition to numerous U.S. Cabinet Secretaries and other government officials, over 200 U.S. and international university presidents, chancellors, and government, business and foundation leaders were in attendance. The diverse participants ranged from the President of Rwanda to the Presidents of Stanford, NYU, Dartmouth, Carnegie Mellon, MIT, Cornell, Duke, and top managers from Cisco Systems, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and Motorola.

The Summit’s goal was to expand the role of U.S. and foreign higher education institutions in worldwide social and economic development. Individual sessions focused on: broadening partnerships among developed and developing country institutions; expanding innovative teaching, research, technology and business development approaches; and increasing international collaboration, particularly in science, technology and engineering.

A U.S. Department of Education grant awarded to Bentley College through the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) was the catalyst for Bentley’s invitation to the Education Summit because it incorporates many of the education practices explored at the event. Through the grant, Business Education in the Age of Globalization, Bentley and partner institutions in Texas and Brazil collaborate to provide students with an international experience that incorporates study abroad, internships, summer programs, technology, curricular cooperation, and community service.

Dr. Asgary used the Brazil grant as a case study in his presentation, highlighting various aspects of the program. The assembly provided an excellent opportunity to promote unique aspects of Bentley’s domestic and international endeavors, including faculty development, ethics, social responsibility, service learning, education abroad, technology, and applied learning.

“In choosing Bentley as a participant, U.S. Government representatives noted that our work in Brazil, supported by the FIPSE grant, serves as a model for other programs and institutions,” noted Dr. Asgary. “It was important to share what we’re doing in Brazil with summit participants.”

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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