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
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).
The sponsors from previous Colloquia have been Hewlett Packard Corp. in California, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in California, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation of the Swiss Government, the National Science Foundation (NSF), Washington, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas, , the University of Geneva, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR), the Board of the (Swiss) Federal Institute of Technology (EPF) and the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) and in Lausanne (EPFL), the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the University of Geneva, Rio tinto Alcan, Canada, UC Sans Diego and UC Davis, California, Jubilant Life Science, the Avina Foundation in Basle, Switzerland, the Fondazione San Paolo di Torino, in Italy, the Fondation Leenaards in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Academic society of the University of Geneva, Credit Suisse, Nestlé and IMD Business School.