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Berkeley thinks global – but stays local - times higher Education, Jun. 2015

"California’s status as a “global melting pot” and its booming start-up culture put [UC Berkeley] in a privileged position to attract talent from around the world."

Rebirth of the Research University - The Chronicle of Higher Education, Apr. 2015

"There is a growing belief that research can no longer be the primary mission of our great universities. Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University, is proposing a solution."

Why I miss the Culture Wars - The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 2015

"We need to provide a coherent defense of the liberal arts, for their role in the larger university and for the broader society. For me, the defense is both deeply personal and based on intellectual and institutional arguments."

A Global Hub, Close to Home - Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 2015

"Chancellor Nicholas Dirks has proposed that the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay will be 'a new form of international hub' in which a group of leading foreign universities and technology companies will establish satellite locations on a 130-acre parcel of Berkeley-owned land located a mere 10 miles from the main campus." 

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Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks

Nicholas B. Dirks became the 10th Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley on June 1, 2013. An internationally renowned historian and anthropologist, he is a leader in higher education and well-known for his commitment to and advocacy for accessible, high-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, to the globalization of the university, and to innovation across the disciplines as well as in applied and basic fields.

Before coming to Berkeley, Dirks was the executive vice president for the arts and sciences and dean of the faculty, as well as the Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and History, at Columbia University.

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