October 6, 2014
West Chester University faculty and staff will be sharing current research and contemporary best teaching and administrative practices with their colleagues at the Universidad Nacional of Costa Rica (UNA) Oct. 6 through 10 on the campus of UNA.
This is the third multi-institutional Knowledge Crossing Borders conference with the goal of further building a sustainable future through global partnerships in higher education. WCU President Greg Weisenstein, who hosted the 2012 conference on West Chester’s campus, will again participate in a private meeting of prominent university presidents, rectors and leaders of national and international organizations to discuss the issues and challenges facing higher education today. "The conference," he notes, "offers a unique opportunity to establish international cooperation well into the future."
The four-day conference will open with welcoming remarks from the newly elected president of the Republic of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera, at 5 p.m. in the Auditorio del Centrao Cultural Herediano.
During the remainder of the program, faculty and staff will conduct presentations around the role of higher education in communication and information technologies, world peace, ethics, the reduction of poverty, advances in health worldwide, and international cooperation among institutions of higher education.
Keynote speakers will include geophysicist Marino Protti from the Universidad Nacional of Costa Rica; Elia Arce, an internationally known artist and cultural activist; Fuensanta Hernandez Pina, a professor of research methods and diagnosis in education at the University Murcia, Spain; Rocio Saenz Madrigal, a former Minister of Health in Costa Rica and Executive President of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund; and Arlene Jackson, Director for International Education at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C.