Globalization: A New Beginning with Education at its Core


Registration: 12:15pm
Presentation 12:30pm
Close 2:00pm

Despite the current critiques of globalization in many circles, the movement of capital, goods, services, people and ideas will no doubt continue. Also globalization of higher education has been rapidly accelerating over the last quarter century. In this talk, Nicholas Dirks argues that it is only with reform in our education system that globalization can emerge in a more equitable and sustainable form. This reform must center globalization in priorities on cultural understanding, exchange, and collaboration. Nicholas Dirks, Professor University of California, Berkeley and Vice Chairman and Chancellor of Whittle School & Studios, believes that despite the current criticism of globalization, the heyday of globalization is just beginning. Educational reform is a critical part of this story. He argues that globalization will emerge stronger and will be more durable and will discuss new approaches to deepening this global engagement.


Nicholas Dirks is the Professor of History and Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as the 10th Chancellor until mid-2017. In February 2018, Prof. Dirks was named Chancellor and Vice-Chairman of Whittle School & Studios, a global network of independent schools serving children from ages 3 to 18. An internationally renowned historian and anthropologist, he is a leader in higher education. He is well-known for his commitment to and advocacy for accessible, high-quality undergraduate education in the fields of Liberal Arts and Sciences, to the globalization of the University, and to innovation across the disciplines, including applied and basic fields. Whittle School & Studios will open its first two campuses in Washington, D.C. and in Shenzhen, China, in fall of 2019 with an additional 30+ campuses in 15 countries scheduled over the next decade. Prof. Dirks has established new global partnerships with Cambridge University and the National University of Singapore, while developing the Tsinghua Berkeley Shenzhen Institute and a joint climate institute with the Berkeley Lab and Tsinghua University. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Event Details

Fri 03 May 2019
12:15 - 2 p.m.

Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

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