Global U8 Consortium
|Global U8 Consortium|
|Type||worldwide association of universities|
|Location||coastal, maritime, seaport cities worldwide|
|Key people||Dr. Seoung-Yong Hong (Founder)
Dr. Choonbae Park(President and Chair)
The Global U8 Consortium or the GU8 is an educational consortium of eight leading universities located in coastal, maritime and seaport cities in Australia, China, France, Israel, South Korea, UK and USA.
|University of Haifa||Haifa, Israel||1963|
|University of Hull||Hull, United Kingdom||1927|
|Université du Havre||Le Havre, France||1984|
|INHA University||Incheon, South Korea||1954|
|RMIT University||Melbourne, Australia||1887|
|Xiamen University||Xiamen, China||1921|
About the GU8
The Global U8 Consortium (GU8) was proposed by Dr. Seoung-Yong Hong, the President of INHA University, to address the challenges of establishing a globally recognised university curriculum, in response to the rapid onset of globalisation in the late 20th century. In 2005, Dr. Hong approached a select group of leading universities, which also shared the common geography of INHA in being located within a coastal city of their respective home countries.
In early 2006, the Presidents or Chancellors of eight leading "coastal" universities; from Australia (RMIT University), China (Xiamen University), France (University of Le Havre), Israel (University of Haifa), South Korea (INHA University), UK (University of Hull) and USA (University of Rhode Island, University of Washington), signed a "Memorandum of Understanding" in Incheon, South Korea and officially established the Global U8 Consortium. Dr. Hong was installed as the consortium's founding Chair of the Council of Presidents, serving in the position till 2008 after which Dr. Robert Carothers, the President of the University of Rhode Island, was then elected.
GU8 universities collaborate on three main objectives:
- creation of a global benchmark in administrative cooperation (e.g. information sharing, a global library, etc.)
- development of joint education systems with common curricula, including joint degrees, cyber-classes, etc.
- conducting of joint research, with a focus in global logistics, business, marine affairs and high-tech sectors.