U21 plans first global education
M.B.A. program aimed at Asian market to begin in fall
By Matt Kelly
21, an international-education consortium of 17 universities formed
to pursue education projects larger than any one university could
manage alone, will hold its annual meeting at U.Va. on May 5 and
University, which joined U21 in 2001 and is currently its only
U.S. member, will host presidents and vice chancellors from universities
in Asia, Canada and Europe, according to law professor and former
provost Peter W. Low. He and U.Va. President
John T. Casteen III represent U.Va. on U21s governing board.
Thomson Learning, U21 has formed U21global, an Internet university,
to offer graduate courses targeted primarily at Asia. Low expects
U21global to start enrolling students this fall for its first
offering, an M.B.A. degree program taught in English. U21pedagogica,
created to review and approve the course offerings, is examining
the program now, and Low expects approval before fall.
the May meeting closed to the public educators expect
to discuss potential programs in the U.S., Canada and the Asian/Pacific
area, student exchanges and research collaboration among member
schools, benchmarking and budget issues. Low said the members
would also discuss increasing membership over the next two to
and Robert D. Sweeney, senior vice president for development
and public affairs, will also discuss fund raising with U21 members.
Many of the member universities have had little experience in
raising private money, Low said.
estimated that about 35 people from 15 of the 17 member institutions
would attend the annual meeting.
Chinese universities have indicated that they will not send delegations.
addition to the business meetings, there will be a reception Sunday
night at the presidents residence at Carrs Hill, a
tour of Monticello followed by dinner at Kenwood on Monday, a
tour of U.Va.s Special Collections and dinner at the Farmington
Country Club on Tuesday and, for those still in town on Wednesday,
a tour of Colonial Williamsburg.