A message from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor:
It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you to the first issue of Wisconsin Worldview, an online publication for University of Wisconsin-Madison alumni and friends who live and work outside of North America.
I first learned about the “Wisconsin Idea” — a century-old belief that the university’s boundaries extend far beyond its physical campus — while I was earning my doctorate in German literature at UW-Madison in the 1980s. The Idea is equally relevant today.
Today, more than ever, we value our partnerships with alumni, researchers, businesses and peer institutions around the world as we address the issues that accompany this phase of globalization, including environmental sustainability, global health, national security, and human rights.
This is the role and responsibility of a great public research university that is serving the people of Wisconsin, the nation and the world.
So, I invite you to take part in a global discussion — to share your worldview. Together, we’ll work to make UW-Madison the standard-bearer for academic quality and social contribution: the essence of the Wisconsin Idea.
Chancellor Carolyn “Biddy” Martin
University of Wisconsin-Madison