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U7+ Presidential Summit

The U7+ Presidential Summit is a unique opportunity for university leaders from a wide variety of nations to discuss a common agenda and establish a framework for university actions in today’s global landscape. Rather than being designed as a scientific colloquium, the U7+ Presidential Summit creates a space for debate and reflection on the concrete actions that universities can take as engaged global actors, and it provides university leaders an opportunity to weigh in on issues and tackle global challenges to be addressed at the G7 Summit.  

2020 U7+ Presidential Summit

In 2020, Northwestern University became the first U.S. university to host the U7+ Alliance of Universities Presidential Summit, convening nearly 100 university leaders from 48 institutions across 17 countries to explore the role higher education can play in addressing the critical global challenges youth and future generations will inherit. The Summit concluded with university presidents worldwide committing to work with government leaders in G7 countries and beyond to create new opportunities for mutual understanding across generations. Learn more about the 2020 U7+ Presidential Summit here.

2019 U7+ Presidential Summit

The first U7+ Alliance summit was held in France on July 9-10, 2019, under the high patronage of Emmanuel Macron, just prior to the final meeting of the sous-sherpas which took place on July 11-12 in Paris. For this 2019 inaugural summit, universities from G7 countries attended and special invitations were extended to institutions in 14 countries worldwide (Morocco, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Australia, India, South Korea, Singapore, Mexico, Argentina). These 45+ universities represented over 2 million students in the world.

The summit concluded with a series of concrete commitments, as discussed during the summit and voted by the university presidents, that were presented to President Macron, in view of the broader G7 discussions that were undertaken in Biarritz.  Read the press release from the launch of the U7 Alliance.