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Founded

in 2009 as
joint initiative

Platform for joint

activities to address
global societal issues

10 top universities

of technology representing
4 continents

Activities

GlobalTech Forum

Established in 2012 as the Engineering Deans’ Meeting, the GlobalTech Forum unites leading university administrators to themes pertaining to the fields of education, online learning, joint research opportunities and the promotion of innovation and creativity. The GlobalTech Forum thematically alternates topics from the fields of education and research, respectively, and targets senior management, staff and beyond.

In 2013, the Engineering Deans’ Meeting was hosted by California Institute of Technology on “MOOCs and their Impact on Higher Education in the 21st Century”.

In 2015, Nanyang Technological University invited members to the Engineering Deans’ Meeting focusing on “Rebranding Engineering for the 21st Century”.

In 2016, the Technical University of Munich arranged the GlobalTech Forum Education on the “Internationalization of Higher Degree Research Training”.

Robotics Workshop

Global Tech Workshop Robotics Foto: Andreas Heddergott / Verwendung frei fuer die Berichterstattung ueber die TU Muenchen unter Nennung des CopyrightsA global technological phenomenon is underway – advance of robotics is moving at a rapid pace. In order to keep pace, key global players in the field are forming strategic alliances.

On the initiative of Prof. Martial Hebert from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Prof. Gordon Cheng from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), an annual GlobalTech Robotics Workshop on the latest research in robotics was established. At the first event in 2016, more than 90 roboticists from 15 organizations from all over the world came together to discuss recent trends in humanoid robotics. The workshop includes thematic sessions as well as lab tours.

For latest information on the GlobalTech Robotics Workshop click here.

Student Activities

Ever since its inception, student-centered activities have constituted an important element of member interaction under the GlobalTech umbrella. Student challenges as well as a summer camp were organized by several partners, and the alliance members are currently contemplating to expand existing formats.

Presidents’ Forum

Established in 2014, the Presidents’ Forum serves as an annual event at which the leadership and senior management representatives of the GlobalTech member institutions come together. Thematically, the Presidents’ Forum touches on issues related to higher education and research as well as university management, respectively. Top-level keynote speakers from industry and politics stimulate further discussions.

The 3rd Presidents’ Forum looked at “International University Collaboration: Innovating for Impact”. It took place September  8 -9 2016, and was hosted by the Imperial College London.

The focus of the 2016 GlobalTech Presients’ Forum was on sharing the member institutions’ views on challenges for the future. Member representatives shared case studies on international strategic collaboration, as well as on technology transfer, entrepreneurship and collaboration with industry in an international context.

Guest speakers included Prof. Mary Ryan, Professor of Materials Science and Nanotechnology at Imperial College and RAEng/Shell Chair for Interfacial Nanoscience.

The 2nd Presidents’ Forum was hosted in October 2015 by the Technical University of Munich and focused on the “Internationalization of Higher Education in the Globalized Economy: Motivation, Strategies and Sharing of Best Practices”.

Guest speakers included:

  • Peter Dröll
    Acting Director, Innovation Union and European Research Area,
    DG Research and Innovation
  • Allan Goodman
    President and CEO, Institute of International Education
  • Dr. Siegfried Russwurm
    CTO, Siemens AG

The 1st Presidents’ Forum was held at Georgia Institute of Technology in September 2014 and focused on “University Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy: Challenges, Opportunities and Sharing of Best Practices”.

Guest speakers included:

  • John Brock
    Chairman and COE, Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.
  • David Eames
    Director of NASA Programs and Advanced System Studies at Rolls-Royce Cooperation
  • Alexander von Gabain
    Co-Founder of Intercell AG and Chairman of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology
  • Christopher W. Klaus
    Founder and CEO, Kaneva Inc.
  • Tom Noonan
    Co-Founder, Internet Security Systems
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