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Progress in 2009

The following is a list of just a few of our network's chief activities and accomplishments throughout 2009. As you can see, plenty of exciting new partnerships were made.

April 2009: World Civic Forum in Seoul, Korea
Dr. Marek Wosinski met with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) to discuss UCP-SARnet's contribution to a "Training workshop for citizen participation in the achievement of Millennium Development Goals." IUCP-SARnet's potential participation in the development of online instructional materials for local governments, community leaders and teachers was also discusssed. More information about this meeting can be found here.

May 2009: Bridging the World: A Virtual Conference organized by UCP-SARnet in Collaboration with Global Interactions, Inc. on the 10th Anniversary of SIAS University in Zhengzhou, China
Community leaders and students from around the world came together to discuss some of the world's most pressing social issues with Chinese students. A program of the events is available here.

July 2009: World Conference on Higher Education
UCP-SARnet was represented at the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education organized on July 5 - 8 in Paris. It was very encouraging to hear during the conference that the online tool created by UCP-SARnet is something the participants were calling for! One of the issues presented at the conference was the issue of social responsibility of higher education. At the times when the world is facing numerous global problems that call for action, it is the responsibility of higher education to answer this call by, among other things, educating a new generation of leaders that will be prepared to face these challenges. During the conference we made a lot of interesting contacts that will hopefully result in new partnerships. More information about this meeting can be found here.

July 2009: World Education Leaders Forum
UCP-SARnet was represented at the Education Leaders Forum 2009 held jointly by UNESCO and Microsoft, following UNESCO's World Conference on Higher Education on July 9th at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France. We joined ministers, education policy leaders and experts from around the world for a working conference on the theme of "Higher Education: Re-Visioning for Recovery. The Path to Sustainable Development." The Forum offered government leaders the opportunity to apply what participants have learned from the WCHE, to explore Higher Education's role as key enabler for sustainable social, economic and environmental development, and to work on an action plan for short and longer term recovery. More information on the event can be found here.

September 2009: Collaboration with Chengdu University in China
On September 28, there was an official meeting between representatives of Chengdu University and UCP-SARnet, with the goal of establishing long term collaboration. More information on the meeting and our collaboration may be found here.

September 2009: Collaboration with Sichuan University in China
As a part of partnership between Arizona State University and Sichuan University (SU), UCP-SARnet was presented to the students at the School of Public Administration of Sichuan University. As a result of intermediation by Ms. Mengying Li, China Partnerships Manager at the Policy and Strategic Partnerships Office at ASU, as well as arrangements made by Prof. Guan Ping, Director of International Exchanges Division at the International Office of Sichuan University, Dr. Marek Wosinski had the opportunity to deliver a lecture on the topic "Partnerships and Networking for Achievement the Millennium Development Goals." The purpose of the lecture was to make students aware of the UN Millennium Development Goals and to encourage empower their involvement into actions leading to achieving of MDG. It was hoped that the presentation and subsequent discussion with students would lead to the next step: establishing a team of UCP-SARnet Regional Coordinators student at this school. Photos from the meeting may be found here.

October 2009: World Academy for the Future of Women at SIAS
On October 7th, Dr. Marek Wosinski met with partcipants in the World Academy for the Future of Women at SIAS University in Zhengzhou, China about offering an educational course to WAFW students through UCP-SARnet. The program consists of 16 modules and is facilitated by 16 moderators from outside of China. The goal of the project is to prepare female students for community leadership roles. It focuses on the third UN Millennium Development Goal: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women. More information on the meeting and the collaboration with the World Academy for the Future of Women may be found here.
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