On The International Stage
NEW AVP OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
In August, Norwich University hired a new assistant vice president for international education, Thy Yang, to continue Norwich’s efforts to internationalize the community with oversight of the International Center. An experienced international educator with more than 15 years of serving students and scholars at various universities in the Midwest, Yang is most noted for her work establishing 2+2 dual degree programs, joint partnerships, and articulation agreements. Through this work, incoming and outgoing students are able to enroll in programs with every confidence that their academic credits will be recognized when they return to their home universities, greatly increasing the number of participants in international programs. Learn more at international.norwich.edu.
FORMER AUSTRIAN AMBASSADOR AT NU
Wendelin Ettmayer, former Austrian Ambassador to Finland, Canada, and the Council of Europe, spoke to the Norwich University community on October 5, 2016. Sponsored by the Peace and War Center, Ettmayer’s talk, “Is it Still Possible to Win Wars? The Revolution in Non-military Affairs,” is part of a yearlong series bringing leaders from all sectors to campus in celebration of the Year of Leadership. Norwich University’s Peace and War Center advances scholarship and deliberation on warfare and its mitigation, processes, and conditions of peace. The Center’s work emphasizes research and discussion on the precipitating factors and preconditions of peace and war. Learn more at libarts.norwich.edu/peace-and-war-center.
STUDENTS JOIN GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST EXTREMISM
A team of five NU students is enrolled in the Peer to Peer Challenging Extremism Program (P2P) for academic year 2016–17. P2P challenges teams of university students worldwide to counter the pervasiveness of extremism on social media. Norwich’s team—comprised of seniors Jacob Freeman and Akshay Awasthi, junior Yushan Xireli, sophomore Naomi Rinaldo, and freshman Mohammad Emran Babak—targets Neo-Nazi and white-supremacist websites with the goal of deterring the young people who visit them from joining their ranks. Sponsored jointly by Facebook, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the competition is in its second year. Learn more at edventurepartners.com/peer2peer.
NUARI TAKES CYBER-RESILIENCY TO SOUTH AFRICAN FINANCIAL MARKETS
Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) facilitated a cyber-resiliency response exercise in South Africa with 16 institutions integral to the effective operating of the South African financial markets. The event, which took place September 12, 2016, underscored the adaptability of the DECIDE-FS® software simulation. The daylong exercise followed three prior successful cyber-resiliency exercises conducted with American financial institutions in 2015, 2013, and 2011, and one exercise held with banks in Singapore in 2015. Initially designed to test U.S. financial sector cybersecurity, DECIDE-FS has been recently re-architected for use in other critical infrastructure arenas, such as utilities (see p. 15) and communications.
NU STUDENTS ATTEND WORLD LEADERSHIP FORUM
On September 28, 2016, Norwich students Daniel Miller ’17, Jeffery Owen ’16, Jake Freeman ’17, and Shane Haughey ’18 traveled to New York City to attend the World Leadership Forum, organized annually by the Foreign Policy Association. Panels of professors and fellows from Norwich, Georgetown, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and New York University, alongside leading financial experts and international diplomats, discussed global economics, international trade, poverty, NATO, and the future of Europe. A highlight of the forum for the Norwich delegation was a luncheon at the Harvard Club of New York, where they were the only group to be granted a photo op with the luncheon’s keynote speaker, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.