The importance of philanthropy

GK Contributions, Human Resources, Missions & Responsibilities

The research universities represented by the Glion Colloquium have been responsible for many of the greatest discoveries and intellectual breakthroughs in history. I am proud to lead one of these universities. For the last 800 years in Cambridge, new discoveries have been forged to transform the way we live and understand our world. Yesterday’s discoveries here — gravity, evolution, DNA …

Creating shared value through open innovation

GK Contributions, Missions & Responsibilities, Research & Innovation

“For a company to be successful over the long term and create value for shareholders, it must also create value for society. At Nestlé, this begins with the creation of superior long-term value for shareholders by offering products and services that help people improve their nutrition, health and wellness.” Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman of the Board, Nestlé  

Adapting the university to the constraints. Responsibilities and opportunities of a new age

GK Contributions, Governance, Missions & Responsibilities

During the years following the Great Depression and World War II,the United States launched a massive effort to provide educationalopportunities to all Americans. Returning veterans funded through the GI Bill (Serviceman’s Readjustment Act of 1944) tripled college enrolments. The post-WWII research strategy developed by Vannevar Bush transformed our campuses into research universities responsible for most of the nation’s basic research …

Cities, research universities and the economic geography of innovation

GK Contributions, Missions & Responsibilities, Research & Innovation

Within the past decade, an increasingly pervasive view argues that“the world is flat”, and that location matters less and less whenit comes to economic activity (Friedman, 2005). Information and communication technologies are said to be the key to understanding this trend, since they dramatically reduce the cost and increase the ease with which one moves information between geographically distant sites.

The university in the 21st century

GK Challenges, Contributions, Governance, Missions & Responsibilities

The University is one of the greatest inventions of the second millennium (Rhodes, 1998). Europe can be particularly proud of this, given that the University is first and foremost a European institution which — while keeping its essential characteristics — has since spread worldwide (Rüegg, 1992). Universities have shown themselves to be particularly resilient organizations: created up to 900 years …

Intellectual change – creating the university of the 21st century

GK Challenges, Contributions, Missions & Responsibilities

Change has typically come so slowly to higher education that someeducators have been known to tell a joke about a man, similar toRip Van Winkle in the classic Washington Irving short story by the same name, who woke up after being asleep for hundreds of years to find that the only thing he recognizes from life before his extended nap …

The role of universities and social needs in times of great change

GK Contributions, Human Resources, Missions & Responsibilities

It goes without saying that universities are social entities, and the very meaning of their existence is directly related to whether they can serveand benefit society. Although this may vary widely among universities, and an institution may place more importance on one philosophy over another, almost all universities are founded on the principle of making positive contributions to society.

Global research questions and institutional research strategies

GK Contributions, Missions & Responsibilities, Research & Innovation

Two years ago, one of the authors (PJP) was at a conference in Seoul on“The Role and Responsibilities of Research Universities”, moderatinga session on “Higher Education and Strategic Knowledge Creation”. It was an intensive session, with ten papers, in which university presidents and senior academic officers from around the world  

Preface to university priorities and constraints

GK Contributions, Missions & Responsibilities, Preface and Summary, Uncategorized

Since its launch in 1998, the Glion Colloquium has established itselfas both a key international forum and a highly influential resource inaddressing the challenges and responsibilities of the world’s research universities. Held every two years, the forum brings together leaders of research universities, often joined by key figures from business and government,  

University research comes in many shapes

GK Contributions, Missions & Responsibilities, Research & Innovation

In “The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge”, written in 1937, (Flexner, 1955) Abraham Flexner described a conversation with George Eastman:tured to ask him whom he regarded as the most useful worker in science in the“I venworld. He replied instantaneously, ‘Marconi’. I surprised him by saying: ‘Whatever pleasure we derive from the radio or however wireless and the radio may have added …

From moocs to moors – a movement towards humboldt 2-0

GK Contributions, Missions & Responsibilities, Research & Innovation, Teaching & Learning

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have attracted a lot of attention in the academic world in general and presidents’ officesmore particularly. But some worry that this model of teaching is a step back to a vertical and unidirectional model of knowledge transmission and that it breaks down the Humboldtian contract of mutual enrichment between teaching and research.

Glion Colloquium – A Retrospective

GK Contributions, Governance, Missions & Responsibilities

Two Declarations, nine books, 180 chapters, 2,400 pages published overa 15-year span from 1999 to 2014 — by any standards the outputs ofthe regular meetings of the Glion Colloquium, held in Glion itself with the exception of one held in California, have provided a major stimulus to new thinking about the future of higher education during a crucial period in …

Reinventing greatness – responding to urgent global level responsibilities

GK Challenges, Contributions, Missions & Responsibilities

In this chapter I reflect on the contemporary significance of knowledgeinstitutions, and particularly research universities, for both emerging andestablished economies and for the world as a whole, but with particular reference to South Africa and Africa. As knowledge institutions have become ever more central to human social and economic development,  

The role of the university in Economic Development

GK Contributions, Missions & Responsibilities, Research & Innovation

Any top-rated research university has two core missions, namely, education and scholarly research. The primary focus of the institutionmust be on maintaining quality in these two areas, since the external reputation of the university depends upon its ability to serve students well and on the research reputation of its faculty.  

The social and political responsibilities of research universities

GK Challenges, Contributions, Governance, Missions & Responsibilities

This paper attempts to come up with possible answers to the question:“What do universities consider to be their most important prioritiesand responsibilities in 1) addressing the challenges facing their institutions; and 2) expectations arising from their societies at the local, regional or global level?” Specifically, I wish to address some possible inconsistencies between a university’s strategy and external societal and …

The Role of Universities in Regional Development

LW Contributions, Missions & Responsibilities

In addition to the classic functions of research and teaching, universities worldwide are fulfilling additional functions within their communities. This activity is generally described as the so-called “third mission” of the university and reflects the transfer of knowledge through various forms of community engagement with a wide range of stakeholders… This paper reflects on the differences in approach with respect …

Universities, hard and soft Sciences: all key Pillars of global Sustainability

LW Contributions, Missions & Responsibilities

Imagine you are an economic historian writing at the end of the 21st century about the second half of the 20th and first decade of the 21st. You will probably write that this period was characterized by an unprecedented increase in prosperity in the Western World, the rapid emergence of new, giant economic powers, an increasing interdependence due to globalization …