The U7+ brings together universities from G7 countries and beyond, who are committed to academic freedom and scholarly values and convinced of the key role of universities as global actors, to engage in discussions leading to concrete action to address pressing global challenges. Our students, faculty and staff are instrumental in the definition and implementation of the U7+ actions.

The first summit, held in Paris in the context of the 2019 G7 summit, was a unique opportunity for 48 university leaders from 18 countries to discuss a common agenda and establish a framework for universities’ action in today’s global landscape.

Partner University Presidents of the U7+ Alliance at the International U7+ Summit in Paris, July 9-10, 2019, Sciences Po

Partner University Presidents of the U7+ Alliance at the International U7 Summit in Paris, July 9-10, 2019, Sciences Po

PRINCIPLE 1

We recognize that the U7+ embodies our common will to identify and address the global challenges our contemporary societies face in order to accelerate the development of solutions. We commit to pursuing joint action through the U7+, including meeting each year in the context of the G7 process, so that our actions can weigh in the discussions and contribute to making positive change a reality.

PRINCIPLE 2

We recognize that our universities have a distinctive responsibility to train and nurture responsible and active citizens who will contribute to society, from the local to the global level.

PRINCIPLE 3

We recognize that our universities have a major role to play in addressing the environmental issues and challenges to sustainability such as climate change, biodiversity and energy transition. This should include leading by example on our own campuses.

PRINCIPLE 4

We recognize that universities have a distinctive and leading role to play regarding equality and inclusiveness in the world, and in combating polarization in society.

PRINCIPLE 5

To engage with stakeholders and solve complex issues of global relevance we recognize that universities must promote interdisciplinary research and learning, in particular bridging in our research and teaching between social sciences, humanities, the life sciences and STEM disciplines.

PRINCIPLE 6

We recognize that the U7+ has the power to serve as a lab to consolidate best practices that can be shared both within our network and more broadly with universities and similar institutions worldwide for inspiration.