Notre Dame to host Global Forum: Asia in Hong Kong

by Michael O. Garvey

Sampan boat in Hong Kong harbor Sampan boat in Hong Kong harbor

The University of Notre Dame will hold Global Forum: Asia in Hong Kong Oct. 23-25, including the first-ever gathering of all the Notre Dame clubs of Asia.

The forum will bring together the University’s leadership and an international community of alumni and friends to explore global issues with the aim of reinforcing Notre Dame’s mission of “creating a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good.” The Forum’s theme is “Ethical Leadership in a Globalized World.” Notre Dame alumni and friends from more than 20 cities throughout Asia are attending the Forum’s activities.

Organized by Notre Dame International with the Notre Dame Alumni Association, Notre Dame Clubs in Asia, the Office of Global Advancement and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the forum’s events will include a “Discover Notre Dame” program for prospective Asian students and their parents; a Global Forum Luncheon and panel discussion at which Po Chung, co-founder of DHL International and founder of the Hong Kong Institute of Service Leadership and Management, will give the keynote address; and a performance by faculty musicians from Notre Dame’s music department.

“This gathering reminds us that the Notre Dame family truly is global,” said Nick Entrikin, vice president and associate provost for internationalization. “It is thrilling to see such a representative mix of that family — academics, prospective students, benefactors, Notre Dame parents and alumni — come together in Hong Kong around a common vision to be a powerful force for good in the world.”

Notre Dame administrators and faculty traveling to Hong Kong for the forum include Thomas G. Burish, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost, who will open the Forum; Dolly Duffy, executive director of the Notre Dame Alumni Association; Scott Appleby, Marilyn Keough Dean of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs; Jonathan Noble, assistant provost for internationalization and director of the Beijing Global Gateway; Catherine Leung, Notre Dame International’s director for Hong Kong; Thomas Bear, executive director of Notre Dame’s enrollment division; Mary de Villiers, assistant director of undergraduate admissions; Michael Loungo, director of global advancement; Ruben Medina, associate director for global advancement, Eugenio Acosta, international alumni relations program director for the Notre Dame Alumni Association; and Rachel Tomas Morgan, associate director of international engagement for the Center for Social Concerns.