levin institute dignitariesFrom left: Garrick Utley; Frank-Walter Steinmeier; Brent Scowcroft; Bill Drozdiak, ACG president; and Henry Kissinger

News from SUNY

Levin Institute Hosts International Dignitaries
The State University of New York’s Neil D. Levin Graduate Institute of International Relations and Commerce hosted a panel discussion on September 24 that included German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft. Co-organized by the American Council on Germany (ACG), the panel addressed nearly 200 New York business leaders and policymakers, speaking on the current and future foreign-policy challenges facing the transatlantic community.

Garrick Utley, president of the Levin Institute and chairman of the ACG, delivered the Bonnie and Vern L. Bullough Academic Convocation Address at Buffalo State in 2004.

SUNY-Turkey Dual Diploma Program Is Largest in the Country
SUNY’s 23 dual diploma programs with partner universities in Turkey have admitted 450 new students this fall, the highest number of students to enroll in a single semester since the program’s inception in 2003. With almost 1,700 enrolled students and 260 graduates of the programs, SUNY’s academic partnership with Turkey continues to be the largest of its kind in America.

Buffalo State students traveled to Turkey as part of the SUNY Model EU program in January.

Chinese Premier Hails SUNY-China 150 Program
In his address on Sino-American relations to 550 guests at a luncheon in New York on September 23, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao praised SUNY’s China 150 Program: “Thanks to efforts of the U.S. government and people of various sectors, 150 Chinese students from the earthquake-hit areas are now studying in the State University of New York. I am convinced that when they return to China after finishing their studies here, they will be able to better help the building of their homeland and will surely join in the endeavor to promote China-U.S. friendship.”

Buffalo State, home to the Center for China Studies, is hosting 17 students from the China 150 program.