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Warwick hosts Global University Summit

gus_400.jpgUniversities from over 30 countries will be represented at this year’s Global University Summit, which takes place in London on 29 and 30 May. Hosted by Warwick, the topic for this year’s Summit is ‘universities and economic growth’.

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP; Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom, Dr Alexander Yakovenko will join Vice-Chancellors from over 30 countries, business-leaders and senior policy makers to discuss the major global challenges facing higher education and society today.

Warwick’s Vice Chancellor and President Professor Nigel Thrift is the Chair for the Summit. He said:

The Global University Summit provides an excellent opportunity, at an opportune moment for university leaders, the international business community and policy-makers to come together and frame the relationship between universities and economic growth in a way that transcends national boundaries.

Delegates will hear from over 50 speakers in the two days, including the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, the Chief Executive of Cisco, the President of New York University, and economic historian Professor Lord Robert Skidelsky. The Summit will be hosted by broadcaster Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

The Global University Summit is an annual event that takes place in alignment with the rolling G8 Presidency, ensuring that world leaders get to hear the voices of the world’s universities. A declaration of policy recommendations capturing Summit discussions will be presented to the Director of the G8 Presidency Unit.

Find out More….

Warwick’s Knowledge Centre has published a series of blog posts looking at issues in higher education ahead of the Global University Summit. The full series of posts can be read at

Visit the Global University Summit website.

Get updates from @GUSummit2013 and @timeshighered twitter feeds.