Essence of a Great Research University
June 18, 2020
18:00 – 19:30 IST
As the world figures out possible ways and means to deal with the COVID-19 at different levels, the importance of research in each one of them is undeniable. From predicting numbers to discovering a vaccine - all of it hinges on rigorous research. No matter what the area, no matter what the subject, quality research always helps in more informed ideation, planned execution and effective evaluation.
Universities have historically been the cradle of great research. It is here where students are allowed to learn, explore, question and develop a rational and structured bent of mind towards research. Yet, when one talks about truly great research universities, the number is not too high. Reconciling teaching with research, mentoring, generating funds, creating an ecosystem are just some of the challenges that Universities face in this endeavour.
During this webinar, Dr. Jean-Lou Chameau addressed the intrinsic nature and characteristics of the great, world-class, universities (their "essence") and how they lead to discovery, innovation and prosperity.
Dr. Jean-Lou Chameau
President Emeritus - Caltech & Former President - KAUST, Provost - Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Dr. Chameau started his academic career at Purdue University in 1980, USA, after receiving his PhD from Stanford. He joined Georgia Tech as professor and Head of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1991, where he later became Dean of the College of Engineering and then Provost of the university.
In 2006, Jean-Lou Chameau became the President of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), a position he held until 2013. He was also the President of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia from 2013 to 2017.
In 2018, he was tasked by the French government with coordinating the regroupment of educational institutions around Ecole Polytechnique within the Paris-Saclay business cluster, with the ultimate aim of establishing a best-in-class science and technology institute. Professor Chameau is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and is serving on several boards.