June 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010 AIEA Member Rahul Choudaha was quoted in the June 30 Inside Higher Educationa story on the developments with foreign universities bill in India titled All Eyes on India. http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/06/30/india

AIEA Executive Committee Member Mitch Leventhal
Appointed Senior Advisor to United Nations; SUNY Global Center to Lead Adoption of UN Global Compact in Higher Education Worldwide

New York, New York, June 21, 2010 - The United Nations Global Compact and the State University of New York (SUNY) today announced a collaboration to develop guidelines for academic institutions in implementing the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact.

The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. Recognition that academic institutions are increasingly multi-national, and have challenges similar to businesses, has led to the impetus to adapt the Global Compact Principles for use in higher education.

“As employers, as investors, and as purchasers and consumers of goods and services on a massive scale, academic institutions play a significant role in the global economy,” said Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “We hope that the guidelines to be developed in collaboration with SUNY will inspire colleges and universities around the world to adopt the Global Compact principles as a valuable framework to manage their operations in a more sustainable manner.”

The United Nations Global Compact has appointed Dr. Mitch Leventhal as senior advisor on academic affairs to the Global Compact; Dr. Leventhal also serves as vice chancellor for global Affairs at SUNY. "There is an historic precedent for colleges and universities to adopt the principles of the Global Compact," says Dr. Leventhal, "Academic institutions have long been among the leaders in socially responsible management, and were early adopters of similar initiatives, such as the Sullivan Principles. The UNGC represents the state-the-art in global corporate responsibility guidelines, and with the increasingly global footprint of academic institutions it makes good sense for the academic community to partner with the more than 6,000 corporations worldwide who have already embraced this movement."

"I am very pleased that the UNGC has asked SUNY to collaborate on adapting the Principles of the Global Compact to higher education," said State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "I strongly support this initiative, which is completely in keeping with our new strategic plan, The Power of SUNY, and "SUNY and the World," one of the six strategic priorities under this plan."

Over the next nine to twelve months, various meetings will be convened under the auspices of the SUNY Global Center in New York City, culminating in a framework for institutional adoption. Following that, SUNY will assist the UNGC in building its list of institutional adopters.

About the United Nations Global Compact

Launched in 2000, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies around the world to align their strategies and operations with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of broader UN goals.

Through the development, implementation, and disclosure of responsible corporate policies and practices, business can help ensure that markets advance in ways that benefit economies and societies everywhere. The Global Compact is not a regulatory body, but a voluntary leadership platform for dialogue and learning. With more than 8,200 signatories in more than 135 countries, it is the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative.

For additional information, contact: Dr. Mitch Leventhal, tel: +1 212 317 3546, mitch.leventhal@suny.edu

AIEA member Cheryl Matherly was quoted in the June 3 issue of Chronicle of Higher Education in an article entitled "As Overseas Internships Grow, So Do Challenges for College Officials"

AIEA member Rahul Choudaha was quoted in the June 2 Inside Higher Education article on The International Student Scene: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/06/02/nafsa