The Emory-Tibet Science Initiative is a landmark undertaking promoting the convergence of science and spirituality. An educational program specifically designed to teach modern science to Tibetan monastics, ETSI began when His Holiness the Dalai Lama invited Emory University to collaborate with the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives. The idea to create and implement a comprehensive modern science curriculum for use in monastic institutions in India was met with an enthusiastic response from many members of Emory’s science faculty. And since its inception in 2006, ETSI has been supported by the Emory University administration including Emory President James Wagner, Vice President Gary Hauk, past Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Robert Paul, and current Dean of the College, Robin Forman.
When Robert A. Paul completed his term as Dean of Emory College in spring 2010, the University honored him for his visionary leadership by renaming the initiative the “Robert A. Paul Emory-Tibet Science Initiative.”