Bulletin No. 1, 2014

University Presidents’ Forum  33  University Presidents’ Forum S ome 40 university heads from 14 countries and regions gathered on the CUHK campus for a roundtable on ‘Enhancing Intercultural and Multicultural Exchanges in Universities’. The Golden Jubilee University Presidents’ Forum held from 6 to 8 December 2013 was hosted by CUHK as a highlight of its 50th anniversary celebrations. Among the participants were heads from the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, the University of Sydney, ETH Zurich, Peking University and Fudan University. Three keynotes were given by world-renowned academic leaders. The first one titled ‘Global Citizenship: the Role of University Education’ was delivered by Dr. Phyllis Wise , Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She pointed out that collaborations and partnerships that cross disciplines and jump borders are necessary to solve increasingly complex global problems. In his speech ‘University Policies and Strategies: China and the World’, Prof. Zhang Jie , President, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), discussed the national educational initiatives and reforms in China, and specifically how SJTU has engaged in international collaborations and performed as the engine and source of innovation to promote innovation in the country. The third keynote lecture titled ‘Partnerships and Collaborations: Universities, Governments and Community’ was given by Prof. Andrew D. Hamilton , Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. Taking into account the different expectations set by nations and regional communities as well as the mission and core principles that universities set for themselves, he discussed the extent of compromise between notions of academic freedom and public duty. Dr. Phyllis Wise Prof. Zhang Jie Prof. Andrew D. Hamilton