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Commencement Speech by UN Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed

Posted: May 17, 2019 at 3:55 pm, Last Updated: May 17, 2019 at 4:27 pm

THE DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL  SPEECH AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT  George Mason University, 17 May 2019 Good morning everybody! It’s a great honour to be here with you all to congratulate and celebrate with you. My thanks to President Angel Cabrera and Rector Tom Davis for inviting me here today. And to the distinguished faculty and […]

Public-private partnerships in higher education

Posted: May 7, 2019 at 12:12 pm, Last Updated: May 7, 2019 at 12:28 pm

The conference hosted last week at Mason turned out to be remarkably informative and thought-provoking. The conference brought together a high-level group of leaders from higher education and the private sector to explore how universities and businesses can build better partnerships. These types of public-private partnerships have long been common in areas such as […]

Happy and engaged Earth Day!

Posted: April 22, 2019 at 11:51 am, Last Updated: April 22, 2019 at 2:06 pm

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Some promising news first: despite the abundance of misinformation, Americans are aware of the fact that our planet is warming up fast and are worried about it. That’s a good foundation for action. According to data from our Center for Climate Change Communication, 74% of Americans believe global warming is happening […]

Eradicating sexual violence

Posted: April 19, 2019 at 2:17 pm, Last Updated: April 22, 2019 at 8:43 am

Last Tuesday, at the invitation of Student Government, I participated in a town hall meeting addressing the university’s continued commitment to sexual violence prevention. The panel included also Provost Wu, Vice President Pascarell, Police chief Rowan and other members of the administration. I congratulate the student leaders in charge of this important event, which was […]

University of strivers

Posted: April 8, 2019 at 4:30 pm, Last Updated: April 9, 2019 at 5:04 pm

The current admissions scandal (see Frank Bruni’s take in the New York Times, for example) sheds a light on a sinister side of today’s higher education: the widespread definition of success by how many students a university chooses not to serve, the corresponding obsession by the rich and famous to do whatever it takes to […]

Aspen Prize celebrates societal impact of community colleges

Posted: April 8, 2019 at 8:33 am

 Community colleges are essential to American higher education. Their ability to provide wide access is unmatched by any other type of institution. They are the gateway to higher education for millions who would otherwise be left out. And yet their work is often and sadly underappreciated. That’s why I applaud the Aspen Institute‘s efforts […]

Questions about recent law school hires

Posted: March 27, 2019 at 9:53 am, Last Updated: March 27, 2019 at 10:23 am

Over the last few days I have received a number of complaints about our law school’s decision to recruit U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh who will co-teach a class in England this summer. While I don’t intend to change anybody’s views about this public figure, I do hope I can bring some clarity as […]

Mason research pinpoints another factor in Great Recession bank failures

Posted: March 13, 2019 at 9:11 am

Bank failures attributed to the Great Recession had several root causes. But a George Mason University study by Jerry Hanweck and Anthony Sanders, professors of finance in the School of Business, points to a previously underreported component: declining home values. Their study, “Residential House Prices, Commercial Real Estate and Bank Failures,” which they wrote with Gary Fissel, a senior economist at […]

A conversation with Amazon at Mason

Posted: March 13, 2019 at 9:08 am

  George Mason University hosted a community dialogue with Amazon on its Arlington Campus on Thursday, providing a window into the tech giant’s plans for its new headquarters in Northern Virginia. The intimate, 90-minute meeting with the company gave more than 100 community stakeholders an opportunity to pose questions about Amazon’s plans and impact on […]

Mason ranks 11th  nationally in cybersecurity education

Posted: March 13, 2019 at 8:56 am

George Mason University was ranked 11th nationally by Cyber Degrees in its recently released top-20 list of institutions with top cybersecurity programs. Mason was also ranked fourth nationally for its online cybersecurity bachelor’s program, 10th for its online master’s in information technology program and 12th for its online information technology bachelor’s program. Daniel Garrison, director of Mason Engineering Online in the Volgenau School of […]