The Library of Alexandria, one of the world’s greatest repositories of knowledge, hosted the first meeting of the Charter Members of the World University Consortium. This meeting follows the “World Academy Forum on Global Higher Education” at the University of California at Berkeley in Oct 2013 at which the launching of WUC was endorsed by a leading group of educational innovators.
WUC seeks to become a global network and umbrella group working to facilitate educational partnerships and linkages with interested stakeholders with shared goals, to explore creative solutions to enhance the reach, quality and relevance of higher education globally, and to provide a platform for new ideas, trans-disciplinary perspectives and integrated courseware intended to address global opportunities and challenges.
Officers elected by the Board on February 14, 2014
Heitor Gurgulino de Souza President
Garry Jacobs Chief Executive Officer
Alberto Zucconi Secretary General & Treasurer
Winston Nagan Chair, Program Committee
Founding Charter Members of the Consortium
Foundation for Culture of Peace – an international NGO founded by former UNESCO Director General Federico Mayor Zaragoza – represented on WUC Board by Federico Mayor
Green Cross International – an international NGO founded in 1993 by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev with offices in more than 30 countries – represented on WUC Board by Alexander Likhotal, President
Institute of Cultural Diplomacy – An international NGO to promote global peace and stability by intercultural relations in Berlin – represented on WUC Board by Emil Constantinescu, President
The Mother’s Service Society – a social science research and educational institution founded in 1970 based in Pondicherry, India – represented on WUC Board by Garry Jacobs, Vice President
Person-Centered Approach Institute, the largest psychological counseling and post graduate psychological education and training institution in Italy founded by Carl Rogers and Alberto Zucconi in 1979 – represented on WUC Board by Alberto Zucconi, President of IACP
World Academy of Art & Science – An international think tank established by eminent intellectuals in 1960 with more than 600 members from 80 countries – represented on WUC Board by Heitor Gurgulino de Souza, President of WAAS and former Rector, United Nations University; Garry Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer of WAAS; Winston Nagan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of WAAS; Ivo Šlaus, Honorary President of WAAS; and Alberto Zucconi, Member of the Board of Trustees of WAAS.
Library of Alexandria – An international center of knowledge and education in Alexandria, Egypt – represented by Ismail Serageldin, Director.
Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik – An international association of 170 universities based in Dubrovnik, represented by Sigmund Gronmo, Chair of the Council, and Ivo Šlaus, Vice-Chair.
Sessions intended primarily for free discussion and brainstorming with brief introductory and concluding remarks by moderators.
WEDNESDAY, FEB 12
Library of Alexandria
Lunch with participants
Drive to Library of Alexandria
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
1. Need for a New Paradigm
Issue: What factors and circumstances are driving the quest for a new paradigm in global higher education?
Moderators: Ismail Serageldin & Garry Jacobs
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
2. Challenges Confronting Global Higher Education
Issue: What is the status of global higher education today and its place in overall global development strategy? What challenges does it face?
Moderators: Heitor Gurgulino de Souza & Emil Constantinescu
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
3. Towards a New Paradigm in Higher Education
Issue: What are the emerging opportunities & potentials for revolutionary advances in global higher education?
Moderators: Alberto Zucconi & Winston Nagan
Group discussion (David Krieger on Skype)
THURSDAY, FEB 13
Library of Alexandria
Drive to Library of Alexandria
9:00 am – 10:30 am
4. Role of the WUC in promoting world-class global higher education
Issue: Looking forward, what goals can WUC hope to accomplish?
How can it act most effectively to achieve these goals?
Moderators: Sigmund Gronmo & Alexander Likhotal
10:45 am – 12:00 pm
5. World Consortium Charter
Issue: What should be the mission, objectives and activities of WUC?
Moderators: Heitor Gurgulino de Souza & Alberto Zucconi
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
6. Constitution of the World University Consortium
Issue: Provisions of WUC Bylaws
Moderators: Winston Nagan & Garry Jacobs
Group discussion & adoption
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Library tour (optional)
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
7. WUC Stakeholder & Membership Strategy
Issue: What strategies should WUC adopt to enlist, engage and energize other institutions and individuals to participate in the Consortium work?
Moderators: Alberto Zucconi & Sigmund Gronmo
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
8. Design concepts for a world-class global delivery system
Issue: If you were asked to design a world-class system of higher education available to everyone, how would you do it?
Moderators: Garry Jacobs & Ismail Serageldin
Group discussion (Ralph Wolff, Neal King on Skype)
FRIDAY, FEB 14
Helnan Palestine Hotel
9:00 am to 10:00 am
9. Election of WUC Officers
Issue: Election of key officers of WUC
Moderators: Emil Constantinescu & Winston Nagan
10:00 am – 11:15 pm
10. Financing the Consortium
Issue: Approval of a preliminary budget for 2014 and a plan to fund WUC operations and activities.
Moderators: Alberto Zucconi & Alexander Likhotal
11:30 am — 1:00 pm
11. Action plan for 2014 & Open Discussion
Issue: What are the first steps WUC can and should take during 2014?
Closing comments: Heitor Gurgulino de Souza, Garry Jacobs, Ismail Serageldin
Emil Constantinescu: Trustee, World Academy of Art and Science; President, Academy for Cultural Diplomacy; Former President of Romania
Heitor Gurgulino de Souza: President, World Academy of Art and Science; President, Brazilian Chapter of the Club of Rome; Vice-President of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP)
Sigmund Grønmo: Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science; Chairman of the Council, Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik; Vice-Chancellor, University of Bergen; Honorary member, The Norwegian Students Society
Garry Jacobs: Chief Executive Officer, World Academy of Art & Science; Vice-President, The Mother’s Service Society (MSS); Managing Editor, Cadmus Journal
Alexander Likhotal: President, Green Cross International; Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science
Winston Nagan: Chairman, World Academy of Art and Science; Professor of Law, University of Florida, Levin College of Law; Founding Director, Institute for Human Rights, Peace and Development
Ismail Serageldin: Director, Library of Alexandria; Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science
Alberto Zucconi: Trustee, World Academy of Art and Science; President, Person-Centered Approach Institute (IACP)
Neal King:President, International Association of University Presidents
David Krieger: President, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Ralph Wolff:Former President, Western Association of Colleges and Schools; Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science
Emerging Opportunities in Global Higher Education Garry Jacobs
World Virtual University Heitor Gurgulino de Souza
Global Higher Education Issues Ismail Serageldin
Educating Youth for Tomorrow Alexander Likhotal
WUC – A New Paradigm in Education Alberto Zucconi
WUC Objectives & Activities Sigmund Grønmo
Value-based Education Winston Nagan
Reinventing Education Emil Constantinescu
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