The Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University is pleased to announce that the 7th International Conference on World-Class Universities (WCU-7) will take place through 6 to 9 November, 2017 in Shanghai, China. The general theme of WCU-7 is "World-Class Universities: Towards a Global Common Good and Seeking National and Institutional Contributions".
The choice of the above theme reflects the unquestioned view that education is foremost a public good whose benefits spill over to all society. In the era marked by globalization and its profound impact, there is a need to consider education as "a global common good" as only with such approach we can cope with global challenges such as technological transformation and shifting employment patterns, new information and communication technologies, environmental concerns and climate change, social and cultural transformation, etc.
In this regard, it is argued that world-class universities need to position themselves in the forefront of seeking conceptual and practical solutions to daunting challenges by paying greater attention to their roles in contributing to global common goods.
World-Class Universities (WCU), commonly recognized as global research universities or flagship universities, are essential in developing a nation’s potential for development in the global knowledge economy. The development of WCUs is high on the policy agenda of various stakeholders across the globe in the past decades. Increasing number of nations, regions and higher education institutions, in both developed and developing countries, recognize their indispensable roles in economic, social and cultural development respectively.
In the above presented context, WCU-7 intends to stimulate important and timely discussion on the following questions:
- What are the ultimate goals, missions, roles and purposes of WCUs?
- What are the global common goods of WCUs?
- What mechanisms should be created for WCUs to identify, regulate, measure and finance global common goods in education and knowledge?
- How can WCUs balance their roles in developing global common goods, national contributions and local engagement to achieve global sustainability?
- How can WCUs contribute to the need of broad enhancement and innovation in providing lifelong learning?
All stakeholders, including policy-makers, university presidents and senior administrators, academics and ranking analysts, are encouraged to share their valuable viewpoints and experiences on above and other issues related to a carrying topic of WCU-7 conference. As that in the previous conferences, several prominent keynote speakers have been invited.