Announcing the Fifth Annual Global Partnership Week University Partners

VT KnowledgeWorks hosts its fifth annual Global Partnership Week on August 17-23, 2014. University students, faculty, and staff from all over the world will congregate, collaborate, form partnerships, and build their global networks.

The Global Partnership is a multi-layered, ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and business relationships. This year’s 14 participating university partners include University of Kent, England; Télécom SudParis, France; University of Trento, Italy; Vienna University of Technology, Austria; Pontifical Catholic University of Chile; Virginia Tech, USA; Universiti Teknologi Malaysia; Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico; Ghent University, Belgium; University of Technology Sydney, Australia; University of British Columbia, Canada; Alexandria University, Egypt; Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador; and Universidad del Norte, Colombia.

Members of the Global Partnership gather annually during a week-long event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and the citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region. Two concurrent tracks offered during the Global Partnership Week address the particular globalization issues faced by student entrepreneurs and innovative universities.

The Student Track celebrates the energy and ingenuity of university students and their important contributions to the global economy by means of the Global Student Business Concept Challenge. The Challenge provides a unique opportunity for students to compete globally for a $25,000 grand prize and VT KnowledgeWorks trophy. While in Blacksburg, the teams are housed with local families, spend interactive time with successful technology companies, enjoy fellowship with Virginia Tech students, and attend a formal awards banquet.

Another key element of the week is a stimulating multi-university roundtable event at Virginia Tech, where faculty members participating in the University Track will discuss and exchange best practices and provide an update on new innovations and initiatives being conducted at their institution. Participants of the University Track enjoy celebratory meals with a regional audience and have numerous opportunities to network, partner, and do business with each other. They also attend the Global Student Business Concept Challenge and awards banquet.

These generous sponsors make this very special week of education, competition, relaxation, and relationship-building possible: Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, NetVentures, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank, TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

To learn more about the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week, visit our website at www.vtkwglobal.com.

Our global students need local beds! We invite you to be a Global Host Family.

Read more about serving as a Global Host Family (.pdf).

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, [email protected].

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VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, NetVentures, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

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