Bryn Mawr president takes part in U.K./U.S. study group on higher education

Posted December 4th, 2008 at 5:00 pm.

Photo courtesy of Rudolph Schuba

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe is in London this week meeting with a small group of fellow higher-education leaders from the United States and the United Kingdom who are studying the current state of U.S./U.K. academic collaboration; how to strengthen those relationships; and how to leverage the unique ties that exist between the two countries in a global context.

The group, known as the U.K./U.S. Study Group on Higher Education in a Globalized World, was formed at the request of U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Over the last six months, it has met twice in London and twice in New York. This will be the group’s final meeting, and an official report of its findings will be presented to the Prime Minister in January.

“The United States and United Kingdom currently dominate in terms of being home to the world’s top colleges and universities. One of the big questions was, “How do we continue to set the standard of excellence while also promoting the growth of quality higher education all around the world?’” says McAuliffe.

The members of the group from the United Kingdom are Rick Trainor, principal, King’s College, University of London and president, Universities, U.K.; Dame Janet Finch, vice chancellor, Keele University; Chris Snowden, vice chancellor, University of Surrey; Eric Thomas, vice chancellor, University of Bristol; and Nigel Thrift, vice chancellor, Warwick University.

In addition to McAuliffe, the U.S. members are John Sexton, president, New York University; Bob Berdhal, president, Association of American Universities; Molly Corbett Broad, president, American Council on Education; and Shirley Tilghman, president, Princeton University.

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