Friday, May 4, 2012

Dr. Amartya Sen: Nalanda University-World's Oldest University and Contemporary Asia !!

When the oldest European university, Bologna, was established in 1088, a Buddhist institution of learning, Nalanda University, which was based in India (with students from all over Asia), was already more than 600 years old. Nalanda disappeared  from view a thousand years ago, but as this ancient university is re-established through a combined pan-Asian initiative, we have to ask: how are the traditions of intellectual pursuit and cross-border cooperation relevant today?

Nobel Prize-winning economist and one of India’s leading thinkers Amartya Sen looks at the "new" Nalanda and addresses these issues. Dr. Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University, will discuss the revival of the ancient Indian Buddhist university of Nalanda and its relevance for contemporary Asia.
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