Rice University is opening its international campus in Paris, thus providing more opportunities to its students and faculty, the university has announced.
The Rice University Paris Center, which will offer various student programs and be home to independent researchers and international conferences, is expected to be fully functional in January 2023, Erudera.com reports.
The center will have six classrooms for approximately 125 students; However, the university says the number of students and teachers will depend at any given time.
Rice President David LeBron said that by opening this center, the university is taking the next step in its long-term plan to make the study experience that Rice University offers more international.
“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 is a place that offers incredible opportunities in a variety of fields, starting from art and architecture to international business and global relations, as well as politics, said LeBron.
Rice President LeBron stressed that the university is grateful to the leadership of Caroline Lavender, Rice’s vice president for global and digital strategy, and her staff, who have developed the idea of opening an international campus in Paris.
The university announced that Lavender will be appointed Global Vice President at the Rice University Paris Center.
According to a statement released by Rice University, the new center will also serve as a center for European research where rice researchers will be able to collaborate with French and other partners across Europe.
Provost Reginald Desroches, who will become Rice’s president in July, said Rice is committed to others. ,betterment of the world.,
“We look forward to expanding that mission internationally, and the opening of the Rice University Paris Center demonstrates that commitment,” Desroches said.
The launch ceremony for the opening of the campus was scheduled for today, with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and a delegation of civic and business leaders from the Greater Houston Partnership expected to attend.
Rice University will be located in the Paris Center Le Marais and will be housed in a historic 16th-century building in Paris.
The Rice Institute opened on September 23, 1912, with 77 students enrolled in the first academic year. At that time, a dozen faculties were employed in the university.
Nowadays, the university is ranked among the top 20 universities in the United States by US News & World Report. It has a residential college system that provides emotional, intellectual and cultural support to its students through various activities.
Rice is also known to have the best quality of life and value among private universities.