The 2009 PISA Summer Institute on Global Climate Change is off and running. Ushered in by the arrival of our participants from Vietnam, the Summer Institute has sailed along smoothly so far, helped by beautiful weather and delay-free travel. The newly renamed Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia by all appearances is bound for three weeks of productive learning, collaboration and exploration.
Before hitting the lecture hall, the Institute participants spent a day navigating GW and Foggy Bottom, making stops around campus to see the sights, get put into the university system and make introductions to the PISA staff and each other. The long day of logistics and paperwork was not without reward, however, as it ended with dinner at a DuPont Circle house and a return to the hotel, ready to begin the program in earnest.