Global sustainability and the Responsibilities of Universities (2012)

NW Glion Book

Luc E. Weber and James J. Duderstadt (eds)
Economica, Glion Colloquium Series Nr. 7, London, Paris, Genève

The VIII Glion Colloquium was held in June 2011 to consider the roles that could be played by the world’s research universities in addressing the various challenges of global sustainability in the broadest sense, e.g., climate, environmental, economic, health, poverty and geopolitical. Of particular interest was the degree to which the imperatives of global sustainability were driving change in higher education around the world. This included considerations not only of how research universities were adapting to the imperatives of global sustainability (e.g., social diversity, resource management, academic programs, research and scholarship), but also how they could develop new curricula, student experiences, research paradigms, social engagement and international alliances to better address the challenges of global sustainability, while producing globally identified citizens. The Colloquium also considered longer-term possibilities that might pose even greater threats to global sustainability and how universities could prepare their graduates for such eventualities.

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  • Prof. Patrick AEBISCHER, President, Federal
    Institute of Technology, Lausanne
  • Prof. Alain BERETZ, President, University of
  • Prof. Thomas BIERSTECKER, Graduate Institute
    of International Studies and Development,
  • Prof. Ralf EICHLER, President, Federal Institute
    of Technology, Zurich
  • Prof. Bernd HUBER, President, Ludwig-
    Maximilians-Universität, Munich; president
  • Prof. Pascal MORAND, Dean, ESCP, Paris
  • Prof. Maria Helena NAZARE, President elect
    European University Association (EUA)
  • Prof. Howard NEWBY, Vice-Chancellor,
    University of Liverpool
  • Prof. Luc WEBER, Rector emeritus, University
    of Geneva
  • Prof. Georg WINCKLER, Rector, University of
    Vienna, past president European University
    Association (EUA)


  • Dr. Michel BENARD, University-industry
    relations, Google Europe
  • Prof. Yves FLUECKIGER, Vice-Rector, Uni. of
  • Prof. Jean PAVLEVSKI, Founder and CEO
    Economica publishing Co.
  • Prof. Jean-Marc RAPP, President European
    University Association (EUA)
  • Dr. Fritz SCHIESSER, President, Board Federal
    Institute of Technology


  • Prof. Jared COHON, President, Carnegie Mellon
  • Prof. J. Jim DUDERSTADT, President Emeritus,
    University of Michigan
  • Dr. Roberta JOHNSON-Killeen, Executive
    Director, National Earth Science Teachers
  • Prof. Linda KATEHI, Chancellor, UC-Davis
  • Dr. Timothy KILLEEN, Associate Director for
    Geosciences, National Science Foundation
  • Prof. Heather MUNROE-BLUM, Principal, McGill,
  • Prof. Rafael RANGEL, Chancelor, Tecnologico de
    Monterrey System
  • Prof. Charles M. VEST, President National
    Academy of Engineering, President Emeritus


  • Prof. M. S. ANANTH, President, IIT Madras,
  • Prof. John NILAND, President Emeritus,
    University of New South Wales, Australia


  • Prof. Yuko HARAYAMA, Deputy director,
    Directorate for Science, technology and
    industry, OECD
  • Dr. Anne-Marie LEROY, Senior Vice-President
    and General Counsel, The World Bank Group