SARASOTA, Fla. (Aug. 6, 2018) – USF Sarasota-Manatee Regional Chancellor Dr. Karen Holbrook was the keynote speaker at a recent conference that focused on strategic management for international education leaders.
Her lecture, “The Global Research Imperative: Opportunities and Challenges,” occurred during the conference’s first day and addressed the importance of collaboration among researchers in the face of challenges brought by globalization, including to governments, businesses, civil society and the environment.
“We have to work together. That is the key to preventing crises and making the world more resilient for current and future generations,” Dr. Holbrook told conference attendees. “Just as global risks are increasingly complex, systemic and cascading, so our responses must be increasingly interconnected across the numerous global systems that make up our world.”
Entitled “Maintaining Our Bridges, Sustaining Our Global Ties,” the July conference was held at the University at Albany, State University of New York, and sponsored by the 2018 Intensive International Education Institute, which is comprised of education leaders and formed to explore creative ways to strengthen international ties while mitigating and managing risks to mobility.
The 2018 Intensive International Education Institute is an arm of the SAIL Institute (Strategic, Academic, Innovative Leadership), which is grounded in the concept that colleges and universities need leaders who are strategic and innovative as well as have a firm understanding of the special nature of the academic core of the institutions that they serve. Through its programs, services and analysis, the SAIL Institute seeks to advance understanding and development of the next generation of leaders in higher education. The SAIL Institute is based at the University of Albany, State University of New York.
Along with Dr. Kiki Caruson, assistant vice president of research, innovation and global affairs at USF, Dr. Holbrook is the co-author of the book, “Globalizing University Research: Innovation, Collaboration and Competition.”
Much of her discussion at the conference focused on the book’s findings, which explore the current climate of global cooperation as well as the importance of promoting research across borders – particularly by universities – and the challenges that can arise from it, from preserving funding streams to ensuring high research standards.
Despite those challenges, opportunities for collaborative international research abound and they are not limited to professors and education leaders, Dr. Holbrook said. They extend to students, with opportunities tailored to college and high school students. Further opportunities exist to collaborate with business, industry and governments on local, regional and national levels.