Inside JGU 2021 - Issue 7 (July)

JGU organises first-ever World Universities Summit

The International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building (IIHEd) of JGU organised the three-day inaugural World Universities Summit on the topic ‘Universities of the Future: Building Institutional Resilience, Social Responsibility and Community Impact’ during July 21-23, 2021.

Vice President of India, Mr. Venkaiah Naidu, inaugurated the online Summit in the presence of Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Education, Professor (Dr.) D.P. Singh, Chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC), and Mr. Naveen Jindal, Founding Chancellor of JGU.

The Summit was graced by the presence of eminent thought leaders from across the globe for distinguished public lectures, keynote addresses and special addresses. These included Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, India; Professor (Dr.) Philip G. Altbach, Founding Director, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College; Dr. Joanna Newman, Secretary-General, Association of Commonwealth Universities; Professor (Dr.) Pankaj Mittal, Secretary-General, Association of Indian Universities; Professor (Dr.) Siv Pam Fredman, President, International Association of Universities; Dr. M.K. Sridhar, Member, Central Advisory Board of Education, Ministry of Education, Government of India; Ms. Sahana Singh, Author and Columnist; and Professor (Dr.) Dinesh Singh, Former Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi.

The online event had 29 Thematic Sessions and Special Dialogues, and 5 Distinguished Public Lectures and Keynote Addresses. It brought together 150+ thought leaders from 6 continents and 25+ countries, making this a truly extraordinary moment to ensure a global perspective on local challenges. Institutional heads from over 100 universities represented at the Summit. This included 31 Vice-Chancellors, 28 Presidents & Rectors, 21 Provosts, Deputy/Associate/Executive Vice Chancellors & Vice/Associate Provosts, 25 Deputy/Vice/Executive/ Presidents & Rectors. These deliberations occurred over 50 hours of live streaming across six continents and multiple time zones.

The Summit witnessed intense discussions and debates on the impact of Covid-19 on the global higher education landscape, the changed education environment, how the future would need to account for new realities, and how to address the limitations that have emerged during the pandemic. Outstanding leaders of the global academic community brought intellectual depth, an internal perspective and vast experience to the deliberation to reimagine the future of the universities in the post-pandemic world and contributed to the vivid discussion on multiple themes like ‘Navigating the Labyrinth: The University in a Post-Pandemic World’; ‘Role of Technology in Strengthening the Universities of the Future’; ‘Transformative Leadership; Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education’; ‘Collaboration among Universities in Times of Uncertainty’; ‘Social Responsibility; Digital Transformation, Virtual Sustainability & Digital Divide’; ‘Local Innovation and Meaningful Community Engagement’; ‘Nurturing Future Women Leaders; Financial Stability and Sustainability of Universities’; ‘The Future of Work: Placements and Internships in the Post Pandemic World’ and more.

Representation from 100+ leading universities across the globe took part in the Summit, including Harvard University, University College London,  The University of Oxford, The University of Queensland, University of Southampton, University of Wollongong, Macquarie University, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, University of Sussex, IE University, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Durham University, Deakin University, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, The University of New South Wales, The University of Manchester, Victoria University of Wellington, Chulalongkorn University, University of Delhi, Zhejiang University, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, King’s College London, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro Yonsei University, National Taiwan University, Singapore Management University, Monash University, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, University of Pretoria, University of The Witwatersrand, Ashoka University.

Representation from 25+ countries and regions included Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong SAR, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA.

Global organisations represented at the summit included World Bank, Association of American Universities and Colleges, American Association of Community Colleges, Times Higher Education, Quacquarelli Symonds, International Association of Universities and World Wide Fund.

The World Universities Summit is a novel attempt by JGU to discuss how overcome the challenges that have been set in the current times and to create a forum and knowledge centre which could benefit higher education across the world so that nations can reimagine universities of the future for institutional resilience, social responsibility, and community impact.

Mr Naveen Jindal, Founding Chancellor of JGU, said: “As we are on the path of recovery from the current crisis, the Summit this week could not have come at a more apt time to discuss the future of universities. To see this congregation of over 150 thought leaders from across 6 continents and 25 countries in a span of just three days is extraordinary. The remarkable choice of themes of discussion will only amplify the overall outcome of the Summit.”

Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice-Chancellor of JGU, said, “The vision is that the World Universities Summit 2021 organised by JGU will be akin to the World Economic Forum as far as promoting global discourse on the future of universities and higher education. JGU has partnered with six global education networks to bring this unprecedented three-day Summit. It has an imagination to create a global platform for Indian and global universities to come together to help shape the universities of the future. Today when we witness social, political, economic and technological shifts across the world due to the ongoing pandemic, the world is faced with the pivotal challenge of reimagining the role of the universities of the future to strengthen their vision towards institutional resilience, social responsibility and community impact.”

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