How an educational and cultural exchange program impacts on society over generations will be explored in the 2013 Fulbright Symposium.
Entitled Soft Power, Smart Power: the Multiplier Effect of Educational and Cultural Exchange, the event will be held in Canberra in August 2013 to coincide with celebrations for the Centenary of Canberra.
The Fulbright Commission will host the 2013 Fulbright Symposium in partnership with key stakeholders. For Senator Fulbright, it was obvious that there was an essential link between education, the exchange of ideas, and the creation of a world community through brain circulation harnessing the smart power, goodwill and strengths of us all. The Fulbright Program’s legacy, credibility and legitimacy are an important source of soft power and smart power. As intangible assets our Fulbright landscape is embodied by dynamic personalities, innovative research, and an openness to share and learn about each other’s culture, political values, institutions, and policies.
Mr Tom Healy, Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) Chair, will be among key speakers at the event.
The aims of the Symposium are to showcase the impact of soft power through the Fulbright program across key themes of leadership and diplomacy, culture, educational partnerships, public policy, arts and culture, science and innovation.
It will also demonstrate how excellence and innovation have led to partnerships, collaborations and linkages that are beyond the individual. Thirdly, it will share best practice which benefits the individual, industry and practice.
It will be held at the Canberra Convention Centre on 21- 22 August, with a gala dinner to be held at the Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia.