Keio University Hosts the 2023 U7+ Alliance Presidential Summit Calling on G7 leaders for Investment in Education to Promote Peace and Security
March 27, 2023
On March 16-17, Keio University hosted the fifth annual U7+ Alliance of World Universities Presidential Summit. More than 75 Presidents and Vice-Presidents from universities in 16 countries, including some participating online, joined the summit to focus on the common challenges faced by today's global society. The discussions were centered around the theme of peace and security, and the summit was an opportunity to work on establishing a framework for concrete actions to be taken by universities.
Timed to precede the G7 Hiroshima Summit in May, the theme of this year's summit was "The Pen is Mightier than the Sword: Universities as Engines of Innovation for Peace and Security." Over the 2 days, the participants engaged in discussions on the four key issues of Peace and Security, Access to Higher Education – Global South Perspectives, Academic Freedom and Freedom of Expression, and G7 Engagement.
To call on G7 leaders to invest in education on peace and security, U7+ compiled the voices of member universities in the "Tokyo Statement: Universities as Engines for Innovation for Peace and Security" and handed it to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Chair of the G7 Hiroshima Summit. Specifically, the statement calls for investing in education that fosters cross-cultural and cross-border understanding to enhance student mobility on a global scale by reducing visa and financial barriers, incorporating the latest peace and security research into policy, diversifying stakeholders in peace and security policy discussions to include women, youth and cultural minorities and voices from the Global South, and defending academic freedom and free speech in educational and research institutions.