George Mason to Join Forces with United Nations

Posted: February 12, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason University will become the first institution of higher learning in the world to join the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) in ceremonies held today at 3 p.m. in Mason Hall, Room D5. President Alan Merten and provost Peter Stearns join representatives of the U.N. in signing a memorandum of agreement.

UNV is a coordinating agency created specially to support the U.N. Information Technology Services (UNITeS), an initiative that was launched last year by U.N. secretary general Kofi Annan. UNITeS is designed to help bridge developing nations by strengthening their capacities to apply information and communications technologies to human development projects.

By linking up with UNV, George Mason agrees to help provide graduate-level student volunteers representing a range of academic disciplines, including conflict resolution, biotechnology, public policy, and information technology to work for two months in countries identified by the U.N. The university’s participation in this program is expected to begin this summer.

The university community is invited to attend today’s signing ceremony.

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