On 3 April 2017, the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) had its International Day Evening Event as part of the 2017 ZHAW International Day. Around 200 ZHAW staff members, students and guests attended the event at Casinotheater Winterthur.
International Day 2017 - Evening Event on “The Role of Philanthropy in Higher Education”
This year’s Evening Event was devoted to the role of philanthropy in higher education, a subject that is of growing relevance to the ZHAW and to other universities of applied sciences today. This was pointed out by both the ZHAW’s President, Jean-Marc Piveteau, and by keynote speaker Claudia Frittelli from Carnegie Corporation of New York, which is America’s oldest grant-making foundation.
In his welcome speech, Jean-Marc Piveteau emphasized the importance of external funding for the success of research and innovation at the ZHAW: “As is the case elsewhere, external funding is of great importance to the ZHAW, as the rising number of projects is not necessarily met with more money.” As Mr Piveteau explained, such funding may be obtained with support from foundations or patrons.
How meaningful philanthropic support can be for scientific research today was also underlined by Claudia Frittelli. She pointed out that higher education institutions worldwide are, among others, facing the challenge of engaging in research that improves nations and the world at a time when public support for research is tenuous.
Claudia Frittelli is a Program Officer of Higher Education and Research in Africa within the International Program at Carnegie Corporation of New York and works to accelerate economic and social development in Africa by strengthening higher education through partnerships with public universities in Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa and Ghana.
Based on her experience, Ms Frittelli also offered many other valuable insights into the role philanthropy plays in higher education. According to her, it contributes to supporting academic and professional programmes, to providing people at all income levels with access to higher education and to building new science facilities, for instance. In addition, Ms Frittelli highlighted the opportunities philanthropy offers to further meaningful international collaboration, which is becoming increasingly relevant in 21st century scientific research.
We will celebrate our next International Day on Monday, 19 March 2018. Further information will follow.