Vest to lecture at University of Cambridge

Speech on university, industry and government relations will be webcast live

Former MIT President Charles M. Vest will discuss lessons learned from building relationships between universities, industry and government in a lecture at the University of Cambridge in England on Friday, July 15.

The Cambridge-MIT Institute Distinguished Lecture, which starts at 5 p.m. local time (noon EDT), will be webcast live to a global audience.

Vest's talk, "To Contribute to Society: Lessons Learnt From Building the Relationship Between University, Industry and Government in the U.S.A.," comes at a time when British policymakers are re-examining the role of universities in supporting industrial innovation and economic growth.

Vest plans to argue that maintaining the open flow of people and knowledge across boundaries, "which is challenged in the post-9/11 world," is vital to fulfilling the potential of higher education, including its role in economic development.

Vest played a key role in the formation of the Cambridge-MIT Institute, which is funded by the British government and dedicated to improving the British economy through an exchange of knowledge between academia and industry.

The lecture will be introduced and chaired by Professor Alison Richard, vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge. This event is supported by the University of Cambridge Vice-Chancellor's Office.

Please visit the webpage for the live webcast in advance to check if you have the required plug-in.

Topics: Industry, MIT presidency, National relations and service


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