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For immediate release
November 27, 2007
Contact: Andrea S Fereshteh
202-687-4328
aes54@georgetown.edu
Elena Jurado
669 90 40 71
elena.jurado@universia.net
Georgetown Announces Launch of Journal of Globalization, Competitiveness and Governability

Washington, D.C. – Georgetown University today announced the launch of a virtual academic journal focusing on the effects of globalization, competitiveness and governability in Latin America. Published three times annually by Georgetown and Universia.net, an online portal promoting collaboration and cooperation between universities and corporations across Latin America, Spain and Portugal, the publication will offer rigorous thinking, creative ideas and innovative proposals to improve the competitiveness and governability of companies and governments in an increasingly globalized world.

“This partnership comes at a critical time for Georgetown, as we work to establish our institution as a leader in the Latin American region, and to transition ourselves into a truly global university,” said John J. DeGioia, president of Georgetown University. “At its crux, this partnership goes to the very heart of Georgetown’s mission, fostering a broad exchange of ideas across disciplines and across borders, and enabling scholars and leaders to critically engage in the global community in ways that can make a significant difference.”

"Georgetown University is the best partner we could possibly have for this project, since we share the same goal which is to improve cooperation and dialogue among cultures and countries," said Emilio Botín, chairman of Santander Bank and president of Universia.

Available in English, Spanish and Portuguese, the journal features eight articles in its inaugural issue on topics including tax reform, budget surpluses and deficits, and the phenomenon of multinational firms in Latin America, or “multilatinas.” Articles in each issue will cover theory, applications and case studies from six key areas: local and global competitiveness; multinationals, investment and finance; business, law and institutions; governmental systems and governability; benchmarking and quality; and, corporate social responsibility. The online format will also feature a monthly question on topics related to globalization, competitiveness and governability that will allow for interactive discussion among readers.

“This journal demonstrates the wealth of research and discussion on critical issues in Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula and will be of value to scholars, students and business people alike,” said Ricardo Ernst, professor in the McDonough School of Business and editor-in-chief of the journal. “This new endeavor is another example of how Georgetown scholars are engaging stakeholders around the world on critical global issues.”

The journal draws on the expertise of interdisciplinary Georgetown faculty from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Department of Government and Center for Latin American Studies, as well as scholars from Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. Carl Dahlman from the program in Science, Technology and International Affairs contributes an article in the first issue on the challenge of the knowledge economy for Latin America, and José María Aznar, distinguished professor in the practice of diplomacy at Georgetown and former prime minister of Spain, offers a paper entitled “Latin America: An Agenda for Freedom.

“This journal will be an invaluable tool for leaders in business and government seeking original ideas and innovative proposals to help improve the competitiveness and governability of Latin American countries and companies in a globalized world,” Ernst said.

The journal is the second major effort of Georgetown’s Latin American Board. Comprised of Georgetown scholars and business leaders from Latin America, the Board seeks to leverage interdisciplinary resources within Georgetown University to develop projects that incorporate academics and applied research to produce tangible results with the goal of improving competitiveness in Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. The Board also supports a Global Development Program, now in its second year, that brings 25-30 participants from Latin America to Georgetown for one and two month leadership and management programs where they conceive a specific project to be implemented in their home countries.

About Universia

Universia works to provide the university community with a common space for the exchange of knowledge and cooperation through training, culture, research and collaboration with business, thus contributing to the sustainable development of society. It promotes projects with universities, businesses and students to attend to the needs of pre-university, undergraduate and postgraduate university students and lecturers. For more information about Universia visit www.universia.net.

About Georgetown University

Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in America, founded in 1789 by Archbishop John Carroll. Georgetown today is a major student-centered, international, research university offering respected undergraduate, graduate and professional programs on its three campuses in Washington, DC. For more information about Georgetown University, visit www.georgetown.edu.

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