On Wednesday, January 24, President Akira Haseyama attended the Global University Leaders Forum at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The Global University Leaders Forum, or GULF, is a community of 27 of the world’s top universities, and this year’s topic for discussion was the particular role the GULF universities should play in creating a shared future in light of current political and economic divisions and ruptures. This was in keeping with WEF’s main theme for this year of “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.”
Besides the GULF meeting, President Haseyama had individual meetings with Prof. Mark Stephen Wrighton, the Chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis (US) and Prof. Yves Flückiger, the Rector of Université de Genève (Switzerland). Both universities are strategic partner universities of Keio University, and this was a chance to discuss further collaboration in both research and education.
On the evening of the 24th, there was a “Japan Night” reception, sponsored by 26 Japanese companies and organizations, including Keio University. This event was a great success and was attended by around 600 guests.
In the article below by Times Higher Education, read about how the GULF universities are impacting the global economy through industry-academia collaboration and innovation.