Goals for World Conference on Higher Ed

June 29, 2009

With the World Conference on Higher Education -- sponsored by the United National Scientific and Cultural Organization -- scheduled to open in Paris at the end of the week, regional pre-conferences are issuing recommendations for the body. Delegates from Arab nations on Friday issued a "Cairo Declaration" on their goals, with an emphasis on ways that higher education can promote peace and development. European delegations met this month as well and issued the "Bucharest Message" calling for an emphasis on access and equity. The U.S. delegation will be led by Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden and an adjunct at Northern Virginia Community College.

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