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World Cities World Class

A new international network has launched to build closer links between universities, local governments and business communities in world cities.
by Ruth Shepherd

Academics and representatives from leading universities across the globe gathered at City University London in early September 2010 for the inaugural conference of a new network of world class universities located in world cities. Called the World Cities World Class University Network, its aim is to build closer links between universities, local governments and business communities.

The conference brought together a global audience to hear from business and academic leaders and discuss the role of universities operating in major economic and cultural hubs.
Founding members of the network include: City University London; Seoul National University; Hong Kong Polytechnic University; University of Sao Paulo; Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City; Technical University of Berlin; and St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University.

Each of the founding members brought academics who offer expertise in key areas vital to world cities, such as transport, global health, sustainability, business and the creative and cultural industries.

Guest speakers included: Alderman Nick Anstee, Lord Mayor of London and Chancellor of City University London; Dame Judith Mayhew-Jonas, Chairman of the New West End Company; Tony Travers, London School of Economics (LSE); Professor Brian Collins, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills; Michele Dix, Managing Director, Group Planning, Transport for London; and Angela Knight, Chief Executive, British Bankers Association.

"In today's economic climate, it is invaluable to discuss the role of universities within world cities and ensure we address the needs of local and national government, local communities, business, cultural and professional institutions. This event is the first of its kind to bring together thinking from across the globe and allow world class universities to share knowledge about the role they can play in this environment."

Professor Dinos Arcoumanis, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and International), City University London

"The World Cities World Class University Network is a forward thinking initiative aimed at fostering international academic collaboration among like-minded institutions.  It was a privilege to invite representatives and academics from across the globe to City University London for the network's inaugural conference."

Professor Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor, City University London

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