“An independent think tank committed to the future and responsibilities of research universities”

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What is the Glion Colloquium

Every two years the Glion Colloquium provides a forum for research university leaders to join leaders from business and government to consider together the role that the world’s leading universities should play in addressing the great challenges and opportunities of our times. These activities, consisting of papers prepared by participants prior to several days of intense discussions in Glion, Switzerland, are captured in subsequent books given wide circulation throughout the world.


Over the past 14 years, almost 200 leaders of higher education, business, and government agencies have participated in the Glion activities to consider issues such as the challenges of the new millennium, the governance of universities, the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of teaching and research, the globalization of higher education, the relationship between universities and industry, the role of university research in driving innovation and ways to address the challenges of global sustainability. The publications resulting from the Glion activities are now regarded as an important resource for better aligning higher education with the needs of a rapidly changing world.

Leading companies, foundations, universities and government research and education agencies have provided generous support for these activities, while Economica in Paris and the Brookings Institution in the United States have printed and distributed the Glion publications. Thousands of complimentary copies of these books have also been distributed to leaders of higher education, business, foundations and government throughout the world.

The activities of the Glion Colloquium are steered by a commitee composed of key figures of the University World and managed by the Association Glion Colloquium, a nonprofit association registered in Geneva, Switzerland, and are arranged under the auspices of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International Studies and Development in Geneva

Lead by James J. Duderstadt and Luc E. Weber

The organizations commitee : The programme for each colloquium is organized by a different committee co-chaired by Professor Luc E. Weber (University of Geneva), Professor Werner Z. Hirsch (University of California, in 1998, 2000 and 2001), and, since 2003, Professor James J. Duderstadt (University of Michigan).

Today, the World’s research universities are being challenged by the powerful forces characterizing the global economy.

  • The changing purpose, role, and relationships of research universities
  • the changing nature of discovery, learning, and innovation, driven by the changing needs of society, government policy, and technology
  • the complex issues of the cost, price, and value of higher education, or more specifically, who benefits and who pays for research universities
  • the particular nature of the changing nature of research universities in developed countries
  • A discussion of the experiences of building world-class research universities in developing economies.