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UIC Distinguished Lectures in International Affairs

UIC's Distinguished Lectures in International Affairs provide the opportunity to hear the perspectives of leading international figures on major issues in world affairs and on new aspects of the continuous challenge to advance global human progress and economic development. The UIC Distinguished Lecture in International Affairs is delivered annually. Attendance is by invitation, extended to outstanding students, members of the faculty, and distinguished guests.

Dr. Enrique Iglesias, former President of the Inter-American Development Bank, visited UIC on May 1, 2003 to inaugurate this series with a lecture on the role of regional organizations in Latin American development. (See the UIC News Release)

In 2004 the UIC Distinguished Lecture in International Affairs was delivered by His Excellency Jose Bordon, Ambassador of Argentina to the United States. Ambassador Bordon spoke on the subject of Argentina's recovery from national crisis.

The 2005 lecture was delivered by the Honorable Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Quebec Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie. Minister Gagnon-Tremblay spoke on Quebec's Perspective in an Era of Globalization.

The UIC Distinguished Lecture in International Affairs for 2006 was given by His Excellency Ronen Sen, Ambassador of India to the United States. Ambassador Sen spoke on relations between India and the United States on Friday, December 1, 2006.

The UIC Distinguished Lecture in International Affairs for the academic year 2007-08 was given by Dr. Chin-Tay Shih of Taiwan, Dean of the College of Technology Management of National Tsing Hua University, and former President of Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Science and Technology Advisor of Taiwan's Executive Yuan, and Chairman of the Asia Pacific Intellectual Property Association. Dr. Shih spoke on the topic of higher education, technology, and competitiveness in the global economy.