WPI President to Speak at US-China Joint Policy Seminar in Beijing

Contact: Arlie Corday, WPI Media & Community Relations

WORCESTER, Mass. - Worcester Polytechnic Institute President Edward Alton Parrish has been invited to participate in a U.S.-China Joint Science Policy Seminar in Beijing the week of Oct. 24. Parrish will address the topic "Training Scientists and Engineers for the 21st Century."

The seminar is the first in a decade-long series of U.S.-China activities organized by the National Science Foundation (NSF) with the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). The two organizations have agreed to participate in an on-going series of science policy discussions. The idea is to strengthen and deepen the science-and-technology relationship between the two countries.

Parrish has been invited to participate in the seminar by the NSF. Other U.S. participants include Richard C. Atkinson, president of the University of California, who will speak on "Integration of Research and Education in Science and Engineering," John McTague, retired vice president of Ford Motor Co., whose topic is "Globalization of Research and Development (R&D)," and James F. Sensenbrenner Jr., chairman of the House Committee on Science, who will discuss "The Role of Government Policies in R&D."

The second event in the series, tentatively scheduled for spring 2000, will be a forum for Chinese scientists to discuss their accomplishments and plans.

Parrish will spend a week in China, meeting with representatives of universities, secondary schools and corporations to lay the groundwork for cooperative relationships between them and WPI. These alliances may involve distance learning, training programs and conferences.

WPI, founded in 1865, is renowned for its project-based curriculum. Under the WPI Plan, students integrate classroom studies with research projects conducted on campus and around the world.