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Universities are vital global actors and U of T has a distinct responsibility to develop solutions for the many pressing challenges we face. U of T’s commitment includes leadership in global networks and multilateral fora where we together generate new ideas and solutions to global issues and work with other like-minded institutions to ensure a more equitable and sustainable future.

Our Leading Role in U7+

The U7+ Alliance is an international alliance of university presidents who engage in both best practice sharing and concrete commitment to action on behalf of member universities to address the most pressing global challenges. It is the very first alliance of university presidents aimed at structuring and advancing their role as global actors across the multilateral agenda.

In the context of this alliance, university presidents take stock of their unique civic and social responsibility as global actors and pledge to take concrete action within their institutions for a local, regional and global impact. The members of the U7+ Alliance have agreed to meet yearly for an annual summit to discuss a common agenda and establish a space for universities’ action in today’s global landscape.

In 2023, U of T President Meric Gertler, who chairs the Alliance, presented the U7+ Tokyo Statement on Peace and Security to His Excellency Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan, calling on G7 countries to leverage the power of education and research in the global mission to advance peace and security. The president was among more than 75 university presidents and senior leaders from 16 countries who convened, in person and online, at Keio University in Tokyo for the U7+ Alliance of World Universities Presidential Summit

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The Great Lakes Consortium

In October 2020, the binational Great Lakes Higher Education Consortium was launched by the University of Illinois System, U of T, and the Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR). The Consortium now includes University of Wisconsin, University of Michigan, Queen’s University and McGill University. 

With support from the United States Consulate in Canada the Consortium created a public-private sector fund managed by CGLR to help build more regular, impactful, cross-border collaborations amongst Great Lakes institutions. Recent activities include funding two projects focused on improving sustainability in the Great Lakes and the design and implementation of integrative green/blue infrastructure specific to the Great Lakes Basin. 

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