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Addressing the challenges faced by global universities

The WC2 world university network’s inaugural Symposium set to be held at City University London


Established in 2010, the World Cities World Class University (WC2) network brings together top universities located in the heart of major world cities. Its aim is to provide a forum for members to collaborate and share ideas about how to respond to the various challenges faced by global universities located in major urban areas. City University London is one of WC2’s founding members and is set to host the network’s inaugural Symposium from Monday 10th to Friday 14th August 2015.

The WC2 Symposium is a five-day education programme to allow staff and students from across the network to gain new insights and build cross-University links for educational programmes, professional development and collaborative research. The Symposium opens with a full day session considering the key issues faced by global cities in the 21st century and highlighting ways universities can work with the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. This will be followed by meetings for each of the five specialist strands:

  • Business - Entrepreneurship in the 21st century.
  • Eco-campus - A review of City University London.
  • World cities and global cultures - The global university and the production of knowledge and culture.
  • Health - Shining a light on health and healthcare: Global perspectives
  • Transport - Future transport trends in global cities.

Senior academics from City University London attended WC2 network’s tenth meeting held at Meiji University, Tokyo. The key focus of the meeting was to plan the London Symposium and for members to provide updates on university activities in relation to WC2 and discuss the network’s strategic and operational direction. Professor Stanton Newman, Professor Stephen Cottrell, Professor Peter Ayton, Professor Chris Ryan and Professor Victoria Joffe, attended the meeting on behalf of City and were joined by 46 representatives from universities across the world.

Professor Stephen Cottrell, Associate Dean (International) at the School of Arts and Social Sciences said:

 “The meeting in Tokyo allowed us to welcome new members from Tokyo and Russia and to finalise our plans for the summer Symposium. I was delighted with how much progress was made in our considerations of the complex relationships between universities and the global cities in which they are located.

Professor Chris Ryan, Professor of Law at City said that the meeting was a “resounding success” that encapsulated the underlying ethos of the World Cities concept. He said: “The meeting provided an opportunity for representatives of all the participating universities to consolidate their contribution and commitment to the purpose, strategic planning and structure of this unique global institution. It also provided a venue to showcase their research and teaching strengths and network with colleagues globally working in their spheres of academic interest.”

The forthcoming London Symposium is an exciting opportunity for staff and postgraduate students at WC2 universities to participate in an intensive, innovative and participatory educational programme

For further information on the WC2 network or the WC2 Symposium, contact Mark Hertlein, Head of International Relations, City University London.

WC2 network

The World Cities World Class University (WC2) network has been developed with the goal of bringing together top universities located in the heart of major world cities. It aims to address cultural, environmental and political issues of common interest to world cities and their universities.

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