University and Research Leadership Forum

University and research leadership forum

The GFCC University and Research Leadership Forum serves as a living think tank for identification and discussion of trends and the generation of ideas for optimizing the university and research enterprises. Through this initiative, the GFCC develops a better understanding of the contributions by global education/research institutions to innovation and competitiveness, facilitates new collaboration, and provides global visibility to relevant experiences and original thought in the field.


Presidents, chancellors, executive directors, rectors, CEOs and directors of prominent universities, laboratories and research organizations from around the globe comprise the Forum. The GFCC Executive Team serves as the Secretariat. The Forum develops an annual work plan and carries it out with the assistance of the Secretariat. 


The GFCC University and Research Leadership Forum annual work plan results from conversations among the Forum and includes primary research questions to address during the year. Forum members and the GFCC Executive Team work together over the course of the year to explore the research question. The GFCC publishes an annual report that includes the findings of this collaborative research effort, and features the initiatives of Forum members and other leading education and research organizations. Topics to be discussed by the Forum include university-industry partnerships, how to foster entrepreneurship, new models for intellectual property management and engagement with society.

Every year, the Forum convenes once for a moderated conversation to review findings and plan for the coming year. Activities over the year are coordinated online and through a series of teleconferences. The GFCC provides the necessary project management infrastructure for activities. Forum members provide the resources for implementation of its research agenda.

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