Discover the 13 Books published by the Glion Colloquium on this website

containing more than 250 original chapters from university, business and government leaders from around the world on one of the following themes:

Preface and conclusion


Missions and responsibilities

Research & Innovation

Teaching & learning

Human resources

Financial Resources

Governance and leadership



Books distributed

Original Contributions



The Future of Research Universities in the Service of Society

  • The changing purpose, role, and relationships of research universities in the service of society
  • the changing nature of discovery, learning, and innovation, driven by the changing needs of society, government policy, and technology
  • the particular nature of resilience of research universities over the world in a changing environment
  • the complex issues of the cost, price, and value of higher education, or more specifically, who benefits and who pays for research universities

The Glion Colloquium hosts a forum for research universities presidents to discuss society’s challenges and changes

Every two years the Glion Colloquium hosts a forum for research university leaders to consider together the role that the world's leading universities should play in addressing the great challenges and opportunities of our times. These activities, consisting of papers prepared by participants prior to several days of intense discussions in Glion, Switzerland, are captured in subsequent books given worldwide circulation.


Over the past 20 years, the Glion Colloquium has benefited from the participation of more than 260 leaders of higher education

Over the past 20 years, more than 250 leaders in higher education, as well from business and governments have participated in the Glion gatherings to consider issues such as the challenges of society, the governance of universities, the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of teaching and research, the globalization of higher education, the relationship between universities and industry, the role of university research in driving innovation and ways to address the challenges of global sustainability and resilience.

The publications resulting from the Glion events (13 books and 2 declarations) are now regarded as an important resource for better aligning higher education with the needs of a rapidly changing world. Leading companies, foundations, universities and government research and education agencies have provided generous support for these activities. The current books are published as a print on demand with the Editions Slatkine to be more easily available worldwide. Thousands of complimentary copies of these books have also been distributed to leaders in higher education, business, foundations and governments around the world.


Founded by Luc E. Weber, University of Geneva, and Werner K. Hirsch, UC Los Angeles, then James J. Duderstadt, University of Michigan

The Glion Colloquium is supported and managed by two entities:

  • The activities are organized by the Association Glion Colloquium, a nonprofit association registered in Geneva, Switzerland. The Executive Committee of the Association is currently composed of Prof. Yves Flückiger, Rector of the University of Geneva, President, Prof. Michael Hengartner, President of the ETH Board, Vice-President, Prof. Luc Weber, Founding President and Dr. Gerlinde Kristahn, Secretary-General.
  • The program for each Colloquium is planned by a different committee responsible for choosing the topic, inviting representative university leaders from the global academic community and setting up the program. The Committee for the forthcoming 14th Colloquium is chaired by Prof. Yves FLÜCKIGER, Rector, University of Geneva. In addition, the program committee is composed of Prof. Ana Mari Cauce, President, University of Washington; Prof. Joël Mesot, President, ETH Zürich; Prof. Mamokgethi Phakeng, Vice Chancellor & Principal, University of Cape Town; Prof. Subra Suresh, President, Nanyang Technological University; Prof. Michael Spence, President and Provost, University College London; Prof. Luc Weber, Founding President, Glion Colloquium; Dr. Gerlinde Kristahn, Secretary General, Glion Colloquium;