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Baruch College Dean to Lead Discussion on Education in the 21st Century

NEW YORK, NY- August 30, 2012Dr. Jeffrey M. Peck, Dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and Vice Provost for Global Strategies at Baruch College, will moderate a discussion between U.S. and German university leaders on liberal arts education as it relates to the 21st century job market.

Organized by the German Rectors' Conference, the discussion titled, “Liberal Arts vs. Professional Training: Reflecting on the Purpose of Education in the 21st Century,” will take place at the German Center for Research and Innovation, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., September 5. Topics include the role of higher education in society, the employment of college graduates, and the commercialization of university research, just a few of the issues being faced on a global level and particularly in North America and Germany.

Panelists will address the benefits and challenges of a liberal arts education and the role of universities in preparing students for a specific career. Panelists include: Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY), Professor Dieter Lenzen, President of the University of Hamburg and the HRK’s Vice President, and Professor Beate Schücking, President of the University of Leipzig. Zimpher will explain how SUNY bridges the gap between education and employment, and Lenzen will lead a discussion on how the Bologna Process, the study reform to create a common European higher education area, has shaped the German discussion about education and professional training. Schücking concludes the presentation with a focus on gender, life-long learning, and the internationalization of universities.


WHO: The German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI)
WHAT: “Liberal Arts vs. Professional Training: Reflecting on the Purpose
of Education in the 21st Century”
WHEN: From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 5
WHERE: German House New York (871 United Nations Plaza, First Avenue, btw.48th & 49th)
RSVP: By September 3; click here.


About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 3 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to

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