UW Bothell & City of Bellevue Host Indian Ambassador Meera Shankar

Thursday, October 22, 2009
CONTACT: Elizabeth Fischtziur - (425) 352-3636 -

BOTHELL, Wash. - The University of Washington Bothell hosted Her Excellency Meera Shankar, the Indian Ambassador to the United States, for a dinner in her honor on Friday, October 16 at the Harbor Club in Bellevue.

Over 150 Eastside business leaders and dignitaries, including members of the Indian Association of Western Washington, and representatives from the U.S.  Department of Commerce, Washington State Department of Commerce, Snohomish County EDC and the Trade Development Alliance were in attendance at the event (co-sponsored by the City of Bellevue) to welcome the Ambassador and to celebrate the eve of Diwali.

Her Excellency spoke to the sold-out crowd on the importance of higher education in an increasingly globalized world. UW Bothell Business Program Director Sandeep Krishnamurthy followed the Ambassador's remarks, illustrating the common dilemmas faced by businesses working in a more globalized economy. Said Krishnamurthy, "It is our mission to focus on ideas that will change the world. In an international knowledge-based economy, leadership is about the power of ideas and not the idea of power."

Chancellor Kenyon Chan echoed this sentiment in his remarks, "UW Bothell is pleased to support this global trade conversation as our mission is to train the next generation of leaders, preparing them for this new, more integrated world."

The evening concluded with brief remarks by UW Bothell Technology MBA student Gregor Kneitz who commented, "Globalization is no longer a concept or a philosophy; it is the reality of the world we all live in. The question is no longer whether we want to participate, but how we act in the global environment."

The University of Washington Bothell was honored by the opportunity to host the Ambassador and to be part of a conversation about educating the next generation of global leaders.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. UW Bothell celebrates its 20th year of operation during the 2009-10 academic year with the opening of student housing, an access ramp connecting the campus to SR522, and new degrees including a Master of Computing and Software Systems (MSCSS), and a Leadership Master of Business Administration (L-MBA) at an offsite location in Bellevue, WA.