IIB’s Executive Director LaVonn Schlegel Joined IU President Michael McRobbie in Canberra and Spoke on Behalf of the Kelley School of Business at the Second Annual Indiana University-Australia National University Summit Meeting: A Premier Global Partnership with a Bright Future Ahead
November 8, 2017
Post by Timothy Smith, IIB Director of International Relations and Business Development
|Participants after the second-annual IU-ANU summit meeting
IIB’s Executive Director, LaVonn Schlegel, was invited to speak at the Second Annual IU-ANU Summit Meeting in Canberra, Australia. In its first year, the institute focused primarily on distance education courses in selected foreign languages (for example, Uzbek and Pashto for ANU students and Indonesian for IU students) and exchanges of students and staff. In subsequent years, the institute has convened joint workshops and supported collaborative research and scholarship on the Pan-Asian region.
Almost exactly a year ago, during a visit to Bloomington by ANU Vice Chancellor Brian P. Schmidt, a Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist, the two universities announced the establishment of a joint master’s degree program in arts administration and museum and heritage studies. Graduates of the dual-degree program, which launched this fall, will receive both a Master of Arts Administration degree from IU’s top-rated School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a Master of Museum and Heritage Studies from the College of Arts and Social Sciences. (Canberra has Australia’s largest concentration of museums and other cultural institutions.) IU, through the Institute of International Business at the Kelley School of Business, and ANU have also worked together in recent years to support economic and educational reforms in conflict-torn Myanmar. Other recent collaborations between the two universities include exchanges between ANU and IU’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and between the ANU National Security College and the IU Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research.
Attending the summit and speaking on behalf of IU’s academic and research units were Michael Brose; Damir Cavar, Department of Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences; Lesley Davis, IU Maurer School of Law; Carrie Doherty, School of Public Health-Bloomington; Margaret Dolinsky, School of Art, Architecture + Design; Beth Gazley, School of Public and Environmental Affairs; Carolyn Lantz, College of Arts and Sciences; LaVonn Schlegel, Kelley School of Business, Institute for International Business; and Von Welch; Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research.
Packed into a couple of hours, the summit featured a nearly overwhelming display of ideas, all of which highlighted the remarkable energy and enthusiasm that exist on each side of the IU-ANU relationship and the power of a partnership that – in President McRobbie’s words – is “one of the most substantial relationships that a U.S. university has with any overseas institution.”