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Exploring the global agenda at World City Week

by Ruth Shepherd

Keynote lectures were delivered by Rosemary Hollis, Professor of Middle East Policy Studies and Director of the Olive Tree Programme at City, and Paul Deighton, CEO of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

In her professorial inaugural lecture entitled 'Dialogue across Cultures: Theory and Practice in the Middle East', Professor Hollis unravelled the cause and meaning of recent developments in the Arab world and discussed the benefits of dialogue between Iran and the US.

Later in the week students, media, academics, local community members and industry were treated to a unique insight into the organisation of the London 2012 Olympic Games at a guest lecture from Paul Deighton, CEO of LOCOG.

Other events included a concert from the University's Middle East Ensemble, student debates on the benefits of internationalisation in higher education, language fairs and a distinctive global menu which was served throughout the week.

During the same week, City also co-ordinated the second meeting of the World Cities World Class University network in Hong Kong.

Professor Dinos Arcoumanis, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and International, commented:

"World City Week was an excellent opportunity to celebrate the wide-reaching international agenda of the University. Our high profile keynote lectures addressed two topical issues on the global agenda - the developments in the Arab world and the organisation of the London 2012 Olympic Games. We were pleased to welcome students, staff, media and members of the London community to the University to participate in this unique week of events. The events demonstrate the importance the University places on internationalisation across all its activities."

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