Rice University is going international, announcing the opening of its first international campus in Paris this week to expand opportunities for global education and research.
According to a press release, the Rice University Paris Center will operate from a historic 16th-century building known as the Htel de la Faye in the Le Marais neighborhood. The center will hold student events, independent researchers, international conferences and will serve as a satellite and hub for European research activity.
“The opening of this dedicated overseas facility represents the next step in the long-standing plan we are taking to internationalize the rice and rice experience in every dimension,” said outgoing Rice President David LeBron in the release. Told. “This includes welcoming more international students to our campus in Houston, promoting international travel and events by our students and faculty, and building strong relationships with the best universities around the world. Paris locations range from art and architecture to international business and offers an incredible range of opportunities in areas ranging from global relations and politics.”
Caroline Lavender, currently Rice’s vice president for global and digital strategy, has been described as the leader who has developed the new hub and “extraordinary opportunity.” She will oversee the center in her new role as Global Vice President.
The Rice University Paris Center will have six classroom spaces that can accommodate approximately 125 students. The center is expected to be fully operational in January 2023.
“Rice University’s mission statement commits us not only to pioneering research and unsurpassed teaching, but to the betterment of our world,” said provost and incoming Rice President Reginald Desroches. “We look forward to expanding that mission internationally, and the opening of the Rice University Paris Center demonstrates that commitment.”
The partnership and the City of Houston are currently leading a trade and investment mission in Paris, promoting Houston as a leader in innovation, education, the energy transition and strengthening business relationships between the Houston area and Paris. They will celebrate the opening of the new center on Wednesday 29 June.
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