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



Today, the world's research universities are being challenged by the powerful forces characterizing the global economy.

  • The changing purpose, role, and relationships of research universities
  • the changing nature of discovery, learning, and innovation, driven by the changing needs of society, government policy, and technology
  • the complex issues of the cost, price, and value of higher education, or more specifically, who benefits and who pays for research universities
  • the particular nature of the changing nature of research universities in developed countries
  • a discussion of the experiences of building world-class research universities in developing economies.

The Glion Colloquium hosts a forum for research universities to discuss their 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.

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 University of Zurich, Vice-President, and Prof. Luc Weber, Founding President.
  • 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 Colloquium is chaired by Yves Flückiger, Rector of the University of Geneva, and composed of James J. Duderstadt, University of Michigan, Nicolas Dirks, University of Berkeley, Leszek Borysiewicz, University of Cambridge, Tony Chan, King Abdulah University of Science and technology and Luc Weber, Founding President.

Over the past 20 years, the Glion Colloquium has benefited from the participation of more than 250 leaders of 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 the new millennium, 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.

The publications resulting from the Glion events (11 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, while Economica in Paris and the Brookings Institution in the United States have printed and distributed the Glion publications. And, in 2018, the 11th book was published as a print on demand with the Amazon group 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 government around the world.