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Global University Leaders Forum

The Global University Leaders Forum (GULF) community consists of the presidents of the world’s leading universities who are committed to supporting the Forum’s mission of improving the state of the world. Together GULF presidents identify and address matters of common interest, including trends, challenges and best practices in higher education, research and societal impact. The community is comprised of 29 members and is chaired by Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University.

In 2021, the GULF community will focus on how universities can facilitate a more equal and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, including through exploring the skills for the future and reskilling, social inclusion, and climate action.

GULF presidents and faculty engage in multiple ways with the Forum:


  • Expert networks: opportunities for experts to contribute to expert communities including the Global Future Councils

  • Insight development: opportunities to contribute to new research, disseminate new insights and collaborate on enhancing Strategic Intelligence

  • Action: opportunities to shape the world through 18 platforms addressing social, environmental, technological and industry challenges

  • Learning: opportunities to develop and pilot educational modules with Forum communities

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