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Remarks by President John J. DeGioia

Fudan University Signing Ceremony

Georgetown University
April 13, 2007

Today is an unprecedented day for Georgetown. Almost a year after our first meeting in , we come together, here in Washington, DC to further expand the cooperation between our institutions.

Fudan and Georgetown each bring particular strengths…and a unique heritage and tradition to this relationship. It is my hope that throughout the coming years we will be able to complement each other’s role as global academic leaders—and that we will be able to learn from each other.

Our efforts over the past year, and the programs that we formally create today, will undoubtedly support world-class research, innovation in higher education, and academic excellence. And I know that our research and exchange programs will also foster greater mutual understanding between our two countries.

I am a true believer that this moment in human history demands an even deeper commitment from the Academy... from institutions like Fudan and Georgetown. The phenomenon of globalization presents unprecedented opportunities and challenges which require us to build relationships and networks around the world—not only for our institutions to continue to flourish—but also to make the greatest possible difference in the world. 

Today we sign this memorandum of cooperation, as a sign that we have chosen to respond to globalization by coming together to solve problems, and by helping to build a future generation of scientists, lawyers, humanists, and doctors—of individuals—who will reflect Fudan’s motto of being "Rich in knowledge and tenacious of purpose; inquiring with earnestness and reflecting with self-practice," But a generation who will also be mindful of Georgetown’s philosophy of “women and men for others.”

Ultimately, I believe the partnership we recognize today will position both our institutions to make a still greater difference in the global arena.

Thank you.


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