The Future of the University in a Polarizing World

LW Glion Book

Luc E. Weber and Howard Newby  (eds)
The Glion Colloquium , Volume Nr. 11, Geneva (2018)

This volume provides a fascinating perspective on the challenges facing Research Universities worldwide in an increasingly uncertain future. Breakthroughs in science and technology not only impact on the university’s fundamental missions –  learning, scholarship and research – they can inadvertently, with globalization, deepen the divide between those who take advantage of the breakthroughs and those who are left out – those excluded are increasingly inclined to blame the elites, resulting in the rise of populist politics and growing mistrust of scientific truth. Universities must continue to carry out frontier research and prepare students for a world and labour market that might well be very different in ten years’ time. And, more than ever before, universities need to provide social as well as technical solutions to today’s challenges. If universities are part of the problem, then higher learning is in a key position to be part of the solution – provided universities respond with insight to the changes and crises of the 21st century.

 Detailed Information

  • Published  January 2018 by The Association Glion Colloquium, Geneva, 219 pp, 18.00 US$
  • Glion Colloquium Volume #11 (paperback)
  • ISBN 978-2-8399-2272-2
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Alain BERETZ General Director at the French Ministry for Research and Innovation,

Rebecca BLANK Chancellor University of Wisconsin,

Leszek BORYSIEWICZ Vice-Chancellor University of Cambridge,

Jean CHAMBAZ President University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris VI),

Tony CHAN President HKUST,

Nicholas DIRKS Chancellor UC Berkeley,

James DUDERSTADT President Emeritus University of Michigan,

Bernhard EITEL President University of Heidelberg,

Yves FLÜCKIGER Rector University of Geneva with Pablo ACHARD,

Meric GERTLER President University of Toronto,

Lino GUZZELLA President ETHZ with Gerd FOLKERS,

Tim KILLEEN President University of Illinois System,

Jianhua LIN President Peking University,

Patrick PRENDERGAST Provost Trinity College Dublin,

Atsushi SEIKE President Keio University,

Michael SPENCE Vice Chancellor University of Sydney,

Chorh Chuan TAN President National University of Singapore,

Thiam Soon TAN President Singapore Institute of Technology,


Bert van der ZWAAN Rector Magnificus University of Utrecht, President LERU.

The editors

Luc E. WEBER is Rector Emeritus of the University of Geneva.

Howard NEWBY is Vice-Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Liverpool