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Northwestern to Host 2nd Annual U7+ Global Summit

This is an important moment for us as we prepare to unveil an ambitious global strategic plan for Northwestern.”

Dear members of the Northwestern Community:  

I’m pleased to announce that Northwestern has been selected to host the 2nd annual U7+ Global Summit. On June 2 and 3, 2020, we will host presidents and other top leaders from more than 50 international universities in Evanston and Chicago prior to the G7 Summit to be held at Camp David the following week.

This is an important moment for us as we prepare to unveil an ambitious global strategic plan for Northwestern. Our leadership position in the worldwide higher-education community has been made possible by our increasingly international reach and the years of impressive work by our faculty, staff and students to address global challenges. Our goals, which include the development of deeper strategic partnerships and an expanded commitment toward the global social good, are in line with the mission of the U7 Alliance.

Our selection as host stems from invaluable work being done by our Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs and their efforts to continue building upon the University’s decades-long relationship with The Paris Institute of Political Studies (SciencesPo),which hosted the inaugural U7+ Summit last year.

U7+ is an alliance of university presidents from countries that will participate in the 46th annual G7 Summit, to be held at Camp David June 10-12. The alliance also includes leaders from other international universities who share a commitment to U7+ goals.

At the first U7+ Global Summit last year in Paris, participants adopted principles and made individual commitments to actions addressing global issues within their own communities. We will work with our co-sponsors Columbia University, Georgetown University and the University of California, Berkeley this year to build on that and to develop a multilateral agenda that allows participants to collaborate across institutional, national and disciplinary borders.

I hope you take as much pride as I do in the manner in which our extraordinary NU community has been expanding its impact for the fullest benefit of our world. The next few months will be busy with planning and preparation for the summit, and NU leaders will share updates and more information as we move forward.