WARSAW, Poland – Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie and a delegation of IU representatives wrapped up a historic and productive trip to Europe that included the renewal of longstanding relationships with Italian and Polish universities and planning for future partnerships.
Highlights of the weeklong trip included Wednesday's celebration of the 40-year anniversary of IU's relationship with the University of Warsaw in the Polish capital and last week's celebration in Bologna, Italy, of the 50th anniversary of IU's partnership with the University of Bologna, the oldest continuously operating university in the West.
The trip also included the announcement of an unprecedented agreement with the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, which will result in the 3-D digitization of the museum’s entire collection of irreplaceable Greek and Roman sculpture.
The trip was organized by the Office of IU Vice President for International Affairs David Zaret, who accompanied McRobbie on the trip.
"Indiana University’s collaborations with some of the leading educational and cultural institutions in Italy and Poland have brought and will bring enormous benefits to all of our institutions," McRobbie said. "Through study abroad, our students have gained rich international experience that will serve them well in a global marketplace. Our faculty have developed strong personal bonds and expanded and widened important programs of research and scholarship.
'Rich international engagement of this kind is an essential element of Indiana University’s history. As we prepare to celebrate IU’s 200th anniversary in 2020, we look to the future with great confidence that these relationships will continue to thrive."