Georgia Institute of Technology played a key role in organizing a convention of 400 university leaders in Panama April 9-10 ahead of this weekend’s Summit of the Americas, which will draw leaders from around the hemisphere including U.S. President Barack Obama

Georgia Tech has a logistics center in Panama, and one of its alumni, Juan Carlos Varela, was elected president of the country in 2014. 

The leaders were slated to discuss education and technology as well as how to overcome disparities in education between countries. President G.P. “Bud” Peterson was slated to moderate a panel on technology and innovation, while Georgia Tech Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Rafael Bras was to participate in a panel discussion on corporate social innovation. 

Dr. Peterson said Georgia Tech has long occupied an important spot at the nexus between technology, innovation and entrepreneurship and that the university was excited to share ideas on these topics with educational and government leaders. He also was looking forward to catching up with the president. 

“It is a privilege to meet with President Varela and other leaders from the Americas to work together on addressing global challenges,” Dr. Peterson said in a release. 

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As managing editor of Global Atlanta, Trevor has spent 15+ years reporting on Atlanta’s ties with the world. An avid traveler, he has undertaken trips to 30+ countries to uncover stories on the perils...