Baruch College to Host International Conference and Welcome Leaders from Global Universities

The WC2 Conference to take place at Baruch College, with performance by The Jayme Stone Folk Band

NEW YORK, NY – March 26, 2013 Baruch College and the WC2 University Network are hosting this year’s International World Cities World Class University Network Conference (WC2) Conference from April 15 – April 17, 2013.

 The International WC2 Conference unites top universities in major cities worldwide to address cultural, environmental, and political issues of common interest to the respective colleges and their cities. WC2 promotes close interaction between universities, local government and business communities.

Baruch College President Mitchel Wallerstein and CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein will launch the conference with welcoming remarks.

Dean Jeffery Peck of Baruch’s Weissman School of Arts and Sciences will moderate a panel discussion titled: “Global Cities/Global Universities: A Complicated Relationship,” with representatives from the participating universities.

The WC2 network, which was established in September 2010, holds two meetings per year. In addition to CUNY, some other WC2 university members include Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico, University of Delhi and University of Sao Paulo. This year’s participating universities are: City University of New York; City University London— England; Hong Kong Polytechnic University— China; Northeastern University— United States; Technische Universität Berlin— Germany; Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana— Mexico; University of Sao Paulo— Brazil; University of Delhi— India; Politecnico di Milano— Italy; St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University— Russia; and, Tonji University— China.

As part of this year’s conference at Baruch College, two-time Juno-award-winning banjo player Jayme Stone and his band will perform his original American folk music in concert, music inspired by folk traditions from around the world.

His latest album “Room of Wonders” explores music from Norway, Sweden, Bulgaria, Brazil, Italy and North America. The repertoire includes a movement from Bach’s French Suite, a Moorish sword-fighting dance and Stone’s lush, edgy originals.


WHAT:              International W2 Conference at Baruch College

WHEN:              April 15- April 17. See details here



WHAT:              Jayme Stone Folk Band Concert

WHEN:              Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:            Baruch Performing Arts Center – Newman Vertical Campus
Baruch College: 25th St. (bet. 3rd and Lexington Aves.), NYC

Tickets: $25. Free Admission for Baruch students and WC2 Conference members.

See details here



About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.  For more about Baruch College, go to


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