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Rice University’s owls flap their wings across the Atlantic Ocean to open doors to global educational and research opportunities in Europe.

The university announced in a press release that the Rice University Paris Center will hold its launch ceremony on Wednesday, June 29. The new facility will be housed in a historic 16th-century building in Paris and will host Rice-organized student programs, independent scholars and international conferences, as well as a satellite and hub for other European research activities.

“Our university’s ambitions and the needs of the future leaders we nurture require global commitment and perspective,” outgoing President David Leebron said in the statement. “The opening of this dedicated overseas facility represents the next step in our long-standing plan to internationalize Rice and the Rice experience in all its dimensions.

“This has included welcoming more international students to our campus in Houston, promoting international travel and programs by our students and faculty, and building strong relationships with top universities around the world. world,” he continued. “The Paris location offers an incredible range of opportunities, in areas ranging from art and architecture to international business, global relations and politics.”

The Rice University Paris Center will be located in the Marais in the Hôtel de La Faye, a private mansion from the 1500swhich was classified as a historical monument in 1966.

Caroline Levander, currently Rice’s Vice President for Global and Digital Strategy, has played a key role in bringing the new center to fruition and will oversee the Rice University Paris Center in her new role as Global Vice President.

“For our purposes, this building is an ideal educational space ideally located in one of the most historically significant areas of Paris,” Levander said in the statement. “It looks and sounds like a private university campus in the heart of a European capital, and it reflects how Rice plans to expand its international impact in the years to come.”

Sylvester Turner and a delegation of civic and business leaders from the Greater Houston Partnership will attend the announcement in Paris this week. According to the statement, the centre, which will have six classrooms of varying sizes that can accommodate around 125 students, is expected to be ready in January.

“Rice University’s mission statement commits us not only to innovative research and unparalleled teaching, but also to the betterment of our world,” says Provost Reginald DesRoches, who will become president of Rice in July. in the press release. “We look forward to extending this mission internationally, and the opening of the Rice University Paris Center demonstrates this commitment.