Glion Colloquium X – Summary

GK Contributions, Preface and Summary

In June 2015, the leaders of many of the world’s most distinguished research universities gathered in Glion-above-Montreux to participate in the GlionX Colloquium to consider the array of responsibilities, priorities and con2015, the leaders of many of the world’s most distinguished researchstraints that both guide and shape their institutions. The Colloquium was organized into five topical sessions:  

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 Future of universities-academic freedom – autonomy and competition revisited

GK Challenges, Contributions, Financial Resources

Over the last 50 years, universities and tertiary education have experienced a remarkable, unprecedented expansion. Europe, the continent with the oldest universities, provides a case in point: Before- World War II, only around 150,000 students were enrolled altogether in the U.K., France and Germany (Hobsbawm, 2013, p. 2). Nowadays, the area of London alone  

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.

Impact of technology on learning and scholarship

GK Contributions, Research & Innovation, Teaching & Learning

Recently I took on the challenge of teaching a course to Undergraduatestudents at Singapore Management University. It had been more than20 years since I had taught any Undergraduates, having spent most of my career at Graduate Business Schools. I did it partially because many of my younger colleagues had told me that teaching had changed tremendously.

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 …

A business model for the 21st century european university

GK Challenges, Contributions, Governance

“The world is moving in the American direction. More universities in more countries are charging students tuition fees,” says The Economist (2015). Of course, there is more to the American university model than merely tuition. Many of us have benefitted from the opportunities of great American research universities. Some of us have further implemented their spirit within a European university …

University leadership and governance

GK Contributions, Governance

In a world faced with profound challenges and opportunities, and drivenby rapid disruptive change, universities can play important transformativeroles. This paper argues that to be able to do so successfully a key requirement is for universities to have a high degree of autonomy, tied to adequate and diversified funding, competition for resources and clear lines of accountability to stakeholders

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.