Chancellor's Friday Letters

Foreign Travel Enriches

Foreign Travel Enriches

March 16, 2012

Dear Friends,

I write this letter in anticipation for what I am certain will be a fascinating visit today to CERN in Switzerland with Gail Hanson, a UCR professor of physics, and her students and colleagues who conduct research at this world class facility.

CERN – the European Organization for Nuclear Research – was founded in 1954…the same year as UCR. Its business is particle physics, finding out what the universe is made of and how it works. I’ll have a chance to visit many aspects of CERN, including the Large Hadron Collider, which has been getting a lot of attention of late for attempting to confirm the discovery of the Higgs boson – a missing piece in the Standard Model of particle physics.

Earlier this week I was in London for an international conference on the globalization of education, with some 1,500 participants from most developed and many developing countries…all seeking insights into ways to enable their students to graduate as global citizens.

I presented a talk at this conference about the UCR experience, and our approach to enabling students from a wide range of experiences and backgrounds to come together and learn from and with each other, to successfully meet the UC standard for a degree.

One of the highlights of my London trip was visiting with our students who are studying at various universities in the UK, as well as our alumni.

The overwhelming message I received from these very interesting people was that the international experience was beyond expectations…transformative, awesome, terrific, and the list of accolades goes on and on.

I think – indeed I know – there is a clear message here for our current students in Riverside to consider.

Contact Karen McComb on the Riverside campus (http://internationalcenter.ucr.edu/Pages/default.aspx), or get in touch directly with Matthew Daines (matthewdaines@californiahouse.org.uk) or Monika Popp (monika.popp@uceap-uki.org.uk).  Matthew directs the UC office in London, and Monika is the program officer for Education Abroad Programs there.

I enjoyed conversation, lunch and a walk (http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/4020) with three students who are studying business administration at the University of Warwick – Eugene Youm, Kunali Shah, and Sahana Sankar – and also with Violet Del Toro who is studying creative writing at King’s College, London.

I visited with Rachel Willis, who earned two degrees at UCR, in political science and in economics.  She is a professor at the University of North Carolina, and now runs UNC’s program in London.  I met also with a recent philosophy alumnus, Brian Davis, who was raised in Riverside.  He is a very interesting man who is working as well as pursuing his first graduate degree at University College, London. He has plans to seek a Ph.D. in Germany…a real believer in the notion of being a global graduate.

And Katie Ghose was fascinating to interact with. She earned a Master’s in political science at UCR, and is now the chief executive of the Electoral Reform Society in London, advocating for electoral reform in the UK.  Her interest in civil rights law enabled her to have many interesting experiences, including being a commissioner on the UK’s Independent Asylum Commission, which instituted significant reforms.

Global Highlanders indeed … past, present and future.

Best wishes,


Tim White, Chancellor

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A soundtrack for his future
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