News Details | 24-Jun-2009

NTU shares view on the role of the research university in an innovation-driven global society

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will be sharing its views on the role that research universities should play in a world driven by innovation and creativity at a prestigious international meeting of university and government leaders, seen as the ‘Davos forum’ for university top management.

NTU’s Provost, Professor Bertil Andersson, has been invited to attend and to present the university’s views as Singapore’s main science and technology university at the 7th Glion Colloquium, held from 20th to 24th June 2009 in Glion, near Montreux, Switzerland. Professor Andersson will be the only academic from the South-east Asian region invited to this prestigious forum. Other invited luminaries include presidents from universities in Europe like ETH; from American universities such as The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Cornell University, Virginia State University; and from Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Korea.

The Glion Colloquium has over the past decade established itself as an influential think-tank on higher education issues, in particular related to research intensive universities. Held biennially, the colloquium brings together in Glion around twenty leaders from renowned universities and university organisations globally. This “by-invitation-only” event also sees the participation of influential business and government personalities especially from Northern America and Europe, including from leading institutions in other parts of the world.

At the meeting, Professor Andersson will be speaking on the research and innovation landscape in Singapore and the role of a research university like NTU in shaping such a landscape.

“NTU is pleased to be invited to the 7th Glion Colloquium which is also regarded as the “Davos Forum” for university top management. It is an excellent opportunity for us to share Singapore’s experience in its research and innovation efforts and the key role played by NTU as a research university in those efforts,” said Professor Andersson. “For example, NTU has been successful in attracting not only top talent but also many renowned global companies to our campus to spur further research and innovation. The presence of eminent leaders from prestigious universities at the colloquium is expected to generate robust discussions and fresh new ideas that would be useful in helping us in our pursuit of excellence in research and innovation.”

Held once every two years, the 6th Glion Colloquium last held in 2007 was attended by Dr Tony Tan, who headed Singapore's high-powered International Academic Advisory Panel (IAAP). At that event, Dr Tan presented the Government's strategy for tertiary education in Singapore, where he spoke of the need to create more university places to meet the rising aspirations of Singaporeans.

The Glion Colloquium was launched in 1998 and is organised under the auspices of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

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