3rd Annual Hanseatic League of Universities Conference
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Vectors of Resilience

Thank you to all the attendees, speakers, panelists, leaders, and staff that made this conference successful!

The 3rd Annual Hanseatic League of Universities Conference was held in Southwest Florida from May 15 – 17, 2023. Hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University, the conference program focused on collaboration, communication, and learning and welcomed leaders, educators, and pioneers in higher education around the globe.

This conference reaffirmed the alliance of the Hanseatic League of Universities (HLU), a consortium of international universities, colleges, schools, and higher education institutions that seek innovation in research and education under a shared mission of working together to address the real impact of higher education on societies and industries worldwide.

Under the conference theme of Vectors of Resilience, we focused on how institutions in higher education have responded to the unexpected challenges we have faced over the last few years and how we have adapted, changed course, and thrived through these disruptions. The insights and wisdom we gained from our colleagues, speakers, and panelists will help us continue to promote the progress and perseverance of higher education.

For one week, we came together to learn from the experience and successes of innovative universities worldwide while celebrating the advancement of and resiliency of higher education.

The WURI Ranking 2023 Announced!

The World’s Universities with Real Impact (WURI) evaluates higher education’s contributions to society, highlighting universities’ creative and innovative approaches to research and educational programs.

On May 17, 2023, the WURI Rankings 2023 were announced at the HLU Conference at Florida Gulf Coast University. More than 300 universities worldwide participated with more than 1,100 innovative programs based on 6 categories:

  1. Industrial Application, rather than the traditional ways of counting research papers and lecture-type teaching.
  2. Value-Creating startups and entrepreneurship, rather than a traditional focus on the number of jobs filled.
  3. Social Responsibility, Ethics, and Integrity, rather than a focus on knowledge and skills just for material success.
  4. Student Mobility and Openness for exchange and collaboration between schools and across national borders, rather than an independent yet closed system.
  5. Crisis Management in the midst of climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, and other global and local crises.
  6. Progress during the Fourth Industrial Revolution through digital technology, artificial intelligence, big data, cloud services, blockchain, and so on.
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View the WURI Ranking 2023 Announcement by clicking the link below and prepare for WURI Ranking 2024!