New University Alliance meets the Global Challenges
Seven universities from three continents meet at SLU, Uppsala, Sweden, to initiate the formation of the Global Challenges University Alliance, eventually involving 25 of the world´s top "bioeconomy" Universities.
SLU has initiated a project that aims to form a Global Challenges University Alliance, and is planning to involve 25 of the world’s top "bio‐economy" universities at all continents. The first workshop is held September 26-28 at SLU, Uppsala.
By 2050 the world's population is expected to exceed nine billion. This makes for very challenging demands on both natural and cultivated ecosystems.
- Meeting the global challenges can only be done through obtaining greater scientific knowledge - and through dedicated international co-operation between scientists from different geographical and cultural areas, says Johan Schnürer, Assistant Vice-Chancellor.
Workshop on biofuel
Participating universities at the first Global Challenges University Alliance Workshop “Biofuels and Biorefineries” are University of Tokyo, Cornell University, National University of Singapore, China Agricultural University, SLU, along with ANAFE, the African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education, (network of 132 educational institutions in 37 African countries) and RUFORUM, Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture, (a consortium of 29 universities in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa).
The partner universities should be strong in agricultural sciences (including food, veterinary, landscape architecture and forest sciences), environmental sciences and/or the life sciences. The Alliance build‐up will take place through thematic Global Challenges University Workshops, and by organising corresponding thematic Global Challenges Summer Schools for MSc/PhD students. Both research and education components will train the young “bio‐economy” leaders of the future and provide an active global network very early in their careers.