WUN Presidents Forum 2017

The 2017 WUN Presidents Forum will take place in hotel ONE UN New York, set across from the United Nations Headquarters, and alongside the WUN Conference & AGM 2017. 

Confirmed Speakers include

  • Dr Allan E Goodman, President and CEO, Institute of International Education, New York 
  • Prof Joseph B Berger, UMass Amherst, Chair WUN Global Higher Education and Research
  • Mr Michael King, VP Global Education Industry, IBM
  • Ms Claudia Juech, A-VP and Managing Director, Strategic Insights, The Rockefeller Foundation

Please view the final program including welcome letter.

Speakers' Abstracts and biographies
Please view speakers' abstracts and bios

Background Papers

Purpose: A review of the current status, opportunities and threats, and future projections 2017- 20 of the Sustainable Development Goals: strategies for building and strengthening bridges and engagement for leading international universities.

Focus: Opportunities for practical actions and outcomes in research, education, mobility, impact. Consideration of strengthened current and new university networks and alliances.

Framework: Monitoring and assessment of the SDGs 2017-20, taking opportunities for cooperation and mitigating the risks in fragmentation. 3-5 potential research programs for WUN.

WUN Network: WUN meets sequentially in the Asia-Pacific, Europe-Africa and Americas regions, bringing together our global knowledge partnership to focus on major regional and international challenges. In doing so, we engage with universities, business, international agencies and NGO’s to align our research and education objectives to practical and policy objectives.

WUN's response to Global Challenges: WUN has played its relevant part in these developments. For example in the adoption of non-communicable diseases in Public Health with WHO and the Sustainability Goals; the COP22 developments though our WUN Responding to Climate Change Group; the enhanced emphasis on Higher Education and economic development through the WUN Higher Education Group with OECD, British Council and Association of Commonwealth Universities; and in Understanding Cultures through our Global China and Global Africa Groups. In addition, we are implementing enabling (cross-cutting) themes based on our work with China, Africa, Economics, Big Data and Web Observatories.

WUN Think Tank: The WUN Presidents, Vice Presidents and disciplinary experts form an international think tank in these arenas. The outcomes of these fora are published in journals and circulated to governments and agencies as evidence based options for strengthening policy and improving lives. We follow up with practical teamwork and implementation, through our strategic workshops, seed funding of new initiatives and innovations, and our global communities of scholars.


View the Forum program.
Time: 8.30 am - 4.45 pm. 


ONE UN New York, One United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017
Please note that limited hotel rooms are available - please book your accommodation soon. 


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