Academic Freedom & Value Protection Conundrums: How Global Engagements of Universities & Colleges Foster an On-going Debate

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch to follow
8th Floor Barrows Hall, Room 820
Grace Ufuk Taneri
Visiting Scholar, Cyprus, CSHE, UC Berkeley

Grace Taneri’s talk will focus on her paper centering on on-going debates on academic freedom in Asia and the Middle East, and value protection in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) of the West (Northern America, Canada, and Western Europe). These debates appear to be fostered by higher education reforms in the world and globalization ventures of the HEIs of the West. Some Western universities are concerned about risks to their reputation should they engage in joint projects with universities and governments in these regions. Yet, many have proceeded with various globalization efforts, such as launching new universities, Liberal Arts Colleges (LACs), branch campuses, alliances, or research and teaching partnerships. This study is part of her co-research on a set of case studies on Globalization in Higher Education: Intentions, Conditions and Effects. The reasons behind these endeavors and questions raised that include to what extent any kinds of global engagements have been institutional will be investigated. Join us for questions for debate, lessons to be taken away, and the possibility of making the globalization efforts success stories.


Grace Taneri is currently a visiting scholar from Cyprus at the Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley. Taneri’s Research Project at CSHE, UC Berkeley is concentrated on Globalization in Higher Education.She is also Chancellor Emeritus at the Institute of Higher Learning at Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus. Taneri is a Senior Executive, Consultant, and Professor of Mathematics in multicultural and global higher education institutions; applying more than 20 years of experience to  academic, administrative and operational management. She is a graduate of The University of London, UK, specializing in Quantum Theory and Stability Theory. She is one of the founders of the Eastern Mediterranean University EMU, located in North Cyprus, the first university of the island, and in English Medium of Education. Among many international collaborations, she held positions at the University of Waterloo- Faculty of Mathematics and Department of Systems Design Engineering, University of Wisconsin Madison- CQPI research Center on Quality and Productivity Improvement and OQI Office for Quality and Improvement.