Global partners of the University of Arizona, representing 12 universities in seven countries, will make their way to Tucson this week for the second UA Global Partner Day.
The UA Office of Global Initiatives is hosting the occasion to provide international partners with the chance to learn more about the UA and identify potential opportunities for research collaborations, student mobility ventures, language learning programs and more.
Mike Proctor, vice president for global initiatives at the UA, said Global Partner Day was organized to take advantage of visits already planned by representatives attending the NAFSA Association of International Educators Conference, a major worldwide international education conference next week in Denver. On Thursday and Friday, Global Partner Day participants will tour the UA campus and attend presentations on global partnerships, UA research and potential collaboration opportunities.
Outcomes of the previous partner day event in 2014 included the formalization of new partnerships with the Australian National University, which developed out of collaboration in astronomy and the Native Nations Institute in the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, and with Seoul National University, which stemmed from existing collaboration in engineering. Representatives from existing partners also had an opportunity to explore new possibilities for collaboration, tour some of the UA’s renowned research labs and see new residence halls.
For this year’s Partner Day, Bashar Rizk of the UA's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory will give the plenary talk at 9 a.m. Friday in the Haury Lecture Hall (Room S107) of the Environment and Natural Resources 2 building. His presentation will be on "International Space Collaboration in the Post-Cassini Era: OSIRIS-REx, Hayabusa and the Study of Near-Earth Asteroids."
Rizk, a senior staff scientist at LPL since July 2013, is involved in the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission. His talk is open to the public.