UTEP official attends prominent Oslo summit

University of Texas at El Paso

A representative from The University of Texas at El Paso is participating in this week’s prestigious Public Services Summit in Oslo, Norway, where decision-makers and senior policy advisers from around the world meet to explore new ways to create value among government services and improve the way they are delivered.

Ann Q. Gates, Ph.D., associate vice president of research and sponsored projects at UTEP, said she felt privileged to attend this invitation-only networking forum tied to the Nobel Peace Prize Award and Concert. She will share her perspectives with peers interested in the use of technology to transform such services as roads, education, health care, law enforcement and public transportation.

“I am eager to share the Nobel Laureates’ insights with others in our community to motivate peaceful social change and improvement,” she wrote via email upon her arrival in Oslo, which glistened as Christmas decorations reflected off a light dusting of snow.

The three-day event is known to include lively debates and thoughtful conversations among leaders in local, regional and national governments, as well as education, health care and public safety.

Gates said she plans to discuss ways to define more productive and collaborative work environments where knowledge is shared and efforts are structured to be effective.

“The impact at UTEP will be connections and shared lessons learned that can be transferred to how we prepare our students for the 21st century workforce, as well as how we support research collaborations,” she said.

The summit’s host is Cisco Systems, Inc., an international leader in networking based in San Jose, Calif., that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate.

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