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.
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.
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