President of Purdue University delivers lecture at DIT on future of higher education

Dublin, 17th July 2007: Dr. Martin Jischke, the eminent scientist and outgoing President of Purdue University, delivered a lecture to an invited audience of leading academics and policy makers in Dublin Institute of Technology this week as part of a two day visit to the Institute. The lecture, titled 'Transforming Higher Education For A Changing World', was also attended by the Lord Mayor of Dublin and DIT Governing body member, Cllr Patrick Bourke, heads of other universities and senior executives of various funding agencies including the HEA.

Pictured l to r: Dr Jischke, outgoing President of Purdue University; the Lord Mayor of Dublin and DIT Governing body member, Cllr Patrick Bourke;  and President of DIT Professor Brian Norton.

A prominent higher education advocate and administrator, Dr. Jischke has been instrumental in managing significant change in Purdue University and leading the institution to become one of the most respected in the country. DIT has a number of established links with Purdue University, through the Faculties of Business, Science and Engineering, and it is hoped that these links will be further strengthened as a result of Dr. Jischke's visit.

Dr. Jischke became the 10th president of Purdue University in August 2000 and he finishes his term of office this year. He is credited with advancing the role of the university in the community and has been awarded for developing extensive international links for Purdue and for the State of Indiana. Amongst his many achievements on behalf of the University was the development of Discovery Park, a hugely successful inter-disciplinary environment to promote learning, knowledge transfer and successful commercialisation of research projects. He is also a member of President Bush's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

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