The inaugural Symposium was hosted by City and held at Cass Business School. The five-day programme brought together more than 130 academic staff and postgraduate students from across the network to discuss the key issues faced by global cities in the 21st century. The meeting highlighted ways universities can work constructively with the public, private and not-for-profit sectors and the policies required to support effective cooperation between cities and universities.
The opening day of the Symposium considered how universities can work with public, private and not-for-profit sectors to provide solutions to challenges and the policies required to support effective cooperation between cities and between universities. The day featured panel discussions on topics ranging from prosperity to people, along with a series of key note speeches from distinguished speakers. In addition to keynote speeches, the opening day included three panel discussions, providing an opportunity for staff at WC2 universities to share examples of how their institutions are working in and with their respective cities.
Following the opening day, participants attended programmes in one of five the themes: Business, Eco-campus; Global Cultures; Global Health and Transport. Each programme involved presentations, seminars and group work. On the final day, all participants came together to report on the work they had done the key outputs and agreed follow up actions.
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