Global Public University Discussion Series Launched

WUN is leading the way in exploring the role of universities in the 21st Century. The latest initiative, a unique discussion series entitled, The Global Public University, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, draws together some of the foremost thinkers in North America on this issue.

This first in this ongoing series of programs co-sponsored by the WUN, UW–Madison Division of International Studies, and WISCAPE (Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education), will promote discussion about the trends, challenges, and opportunities that impact public universities throughout the world and how these institutions can learn from and work with each other.

The discussion forum features Stephen Toope, President, University of British Columbia and David Ward, President, American Council on Education and Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Cultures and economies across the globe are rapidly becoming more intertwined, and universities worldwide are responding by evolving into global institutions. Today, major universities actively seek applicants from other countries while sending their own students abroad to prepare them for careers in an increasingly global society. University faculty conduct research with colleagues from other continents. Administrators and government officials from different countries share best practices and policies for addressing issues in higher education.

As people continue to move across borders in greater numbers and new distance technologies develop, collaboration and interaction among universities around the world will only increase, thus creating a host of possibilities and obstacles for these institutions. As experienced leaders of major public research universities, David Ward and Stephen Toope understand the impact of globalization on institutions of higher learning. Join them for a candid discussion of the challenges and opportunities associated with creating global public universities in Canada and the United States. Forum participants will have the opportunity to interact with and ask questions of the presenters.

The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place from 8:00 a.m. –10:30 a.m. at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, Madison, Wisconsin. The event will also be available to a worldwide audience through a live webcast and archived videostreams accessible via the WUN website.

This forum is made possible in part by support from the Government of Canada.

Streaming video of the event can be found at: