Plenary session - Universities: 'in and of the world'? 


Wednesday 30 April 2014


The title of this discussion is taken from the founding of New York University in 1831 as an institution that would be ‘in and of the city’.  NYU - and many other universities - now operate on a global stage and are institutions ‘in and of the world’. What does this mean in terms of universities’ roles and responsibilities to their students, communities and countries? What is it that all these need from universities? How will universities fulfil that need? The panellists examine the global role of the modern university.


Chair: Nik Gowing, International Broadcaster and Journalist, UK

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chairperson, BRAC, Bangladesh

Professor Michael Arthur, President and Provost, University College London, UK

Lou Anna Simon, President, Michigan State University, USA

John Sexton, President, New York University, USA

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