January 10, 2006
Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University President Daniel Lambert was among 120 leaders of higher education to attend the inaugural U.S. University Presidents Summit on International Education Jan. 5-6 in Washington, D.C.
“The summit reinforced the common interest of attracting foreign students to U.S. universities and encourage more of our students to receive part of their education abroad,” Lambert said. “We must meet the challenges of allowing students to have access to the country while maintaining security.”
The summit included college presidents from all 50 states. The three Kansas representatives were Lambert, University of Kansas Chancellor Robert Hemenway and Haskell Indian Nations University President Karen Swisher.
During the summit, President Bush launched the National Security Language Initiative, a plan to strengthen national security and prosperity through education, especially in developing foreign language skills.
The event co-hosted by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. They called the summit to initiate a dialogue on the need for government to collaborate with the non-governmental sector on the future of U.S. higher education in a global arena.
Since 2002, Baker students have studied in Australia, Austria, China, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
“An international experience provides students a different perspective of the world,” Lambert said.