Nobel Laureates to visit DLSU-Manila

Philippine Star, November 7, 2007

De La Salle University-Manila will serve as host to three Nobel Laureates and a former president of the World Bank who will visit the Philippines from November 2007 to April 2008 under the International Peace Foundation's program Bridges: Dialogues towards a Culture of Peace.

Prof. Robert Mundell, 1999 Nobel Laureate for Economics at the Department of Economics of Columbia University in New York, will be at DLSUM on Nov. 15 to deliver a lecture titled, "Economic development by fitting globalization into the national development strategy."

On January 10, Prof. David Gross, 2004 Nobel Laureate for Physics at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics of the University of California in Santa Barbara, will give the keynote speech,
"The coming revolutions in fundamental physics"

James Wolfensohn, a former president of the World Bank, is scheduled on March 6. He will talk about "Beyond East-West, North-South - Peace and prosperity in a four speed world."

The last leg of the series in DLSU Manila will be on April 24, with Prof. Jose Ramos-Horta, 1996 Nobel Laureate for Peace and President of Timor Leste, delivering his lecture "Building a culture of peace and development in a globalized world."

The International Peace Foundation started Bridges in Thailand, and extended it this year to the Philippines, with the aim of facilitating and strengthening dialogue and communication between societies in Southeast Asia as well as with peoples in other parts of the world, to promote understanding and trust.

Through Nobel Laureates and with local universities and other institutions in Southeast Asia, Bridges seeks to contribute to the United Nations' Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence, with the establishment of long term relationships which may result in common research programs and other forms of collaboration.

Washington SyCip; founder of the SCV Croup and of the Asian Institute of Management, is the Philippine honorary chairman of Bridges, and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, chair and CEO of the Ayala Corp., is the program's Philippine chairman.