Our flights are booked. Hotel rooms reserved. Restaurants prepared to share their cuisine. Our academic and university hosts are eager to welcome us. And of course, the Virginia Tech Center for European Studies and Architecture (CESA) is prepared for the arrival of the graduate deans and the GPP alumni. After hundreds of emails, numerous meetings, many phone calls and lots of discussions across nearly 9 months, the plans have been finalized for the Graduate Deans Global Experience (July 22 -27) and the GPP alumni reunion (July 26-27). Enthusiasm appears high and we are ready. Follow our experiences through our blogs (Global Perspectives, Graduate Deans, or individual blogs) and follow us on twitter (@kpdepauw).
On July 22, 2012 the Tour de Academe (Graduate Deans’ Global Perspectives Program) begins in Paris just as the Tour de France ends. The cyclists will ride along the Champs-Élysées to finish Stage 20. Shortly after the Tour de France awards ceremony near the Arc de Triomphe, we will join our hosts for the reception and dinner on the 24th floor of the University of Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC) with a striking view of Paris including the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower (not shown in this photo), the Louvre, and much more.
The 2012 Global Perspectives Program – Graduate Deans begins at 3pm (1500) at Hotel Maxim in the Latin Quarter, Paris with our first meeting of the graduate deans who have chosen to participate in this experience. This program is a natural extension of the Global Perspectives Program offered through Virginia Tech Graduate School and through the University of Basel. For more information, please visit the GPP graduate deans blog.