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President Jackson To Attend the World Economic Forum
Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson will be one of the global leaders in government, business, academe, media, the arts, and civil society who are gathering for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 23 to 27.

The 2008 annual meeting will focus on “The Power of Collaborative Innovation,” as a means of coalescing leadership to address the “complexity, competing interest, and scarce resources” which present obstacles to progress in addressing the key global challenges of our time, according to conference organizers.

“We will work to identify opportunities to enhance collaboration among universities,
engaging with the larger community, on issues of global impact,” President Jackson said.

“Innovation will drive the world economies; sustaining prosperity for those who are doing well, and working to enhance opportunities for rising nations and peoples. However, we must realize, and plan for, the use of scant resources as all grow together. This is particularly crucial in the area of global energy security,” President Jackson said. “This World Economic Forum gathering is an extraordinary opportunity for those who will lead in this effort to pause and reflect on these challenges and opportunities and together work to identify the most effective paths forward.”

As a result of her leadership on global energy security issues and what she has dubbed a “Quiet Crisis” due to looming gaps in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields , President Jackson was invited to participate in panel discussions on: “Nuclear Energy vs. Non-Proliferation,” “Going Nuclear To Fight Climate Change,” and “A New Age of Technonationalism.”

President Jackson also is one of the 25 “premier university leaders” invited to engage in a daylong “Global University Leaders Forum.” Participants from China, France, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. will focus on issues including global governance, sustainability, intellectual property, and internationalization of the university.

“We will work to identify opportunities to enhance collaboration among universities, engaging with the larger community, on issues of global impact,” President Jackson said. “Rensselaer is preparing the next generation of innovators, who will lead in the global marketplace. Through these discussions, we seek to enhance the environment in which they, and their colleagues from around the world, will operate.”

The World Economic Forum is “an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.”

The 2008 annual meeting is co-chaired by Tony Blair, former prime minister of the United Kingdom; James Dimon, chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co; Henry Kissinger, chairman, Kissinger Associates; K.V. Kamath, managing director and CEO, ICICI Bank, India; Indra Nooyi, president and CEO, PepsiCo; David O’Reilly, chairman and CEO, Chevron Corporation; and Wang Jianzhou, chairman and CEO, China Mobile Communications Corporation.

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 2, Number 1, January 17, 2008
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