U of T President Meric Gertler attends global summit of university leaders in Paris

Photo of university leaders at the U7 Alliance in Paris
U of T President Meric Gertler (front row, fourth from right) attends the inaugural summit of the U7 Alliance, which brings together more than 45 leading universities to tackle pressing global issues (photo courtesy of Sciences Po)

University of Toronto President Meric Gertler is in Paris this week to attend the inaugural summit of the U7 Alliance, a unique international partnership that brings together leading universities to tackle the most pressing global challenges of the day.

The two-day summit, which kicked off today, will see the leaders of over 45 universities – drawn from 21 countries and representing over 2 million students – discuss five major global challenges: climate change and clean energy, inequality and polarization, technological transformation, community engagement and the role of universities in a global world.

The summit will conclude with a vote on a series of concrete commitments that will be presented to French President Emmanuel Macron ahead of next month’s G7 summit in France.

U of T is a founding member of the U7 Alliance, which will meet annually in an effort to structure and advance the role of universities as global actors.


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