The WC2 University Network has been developed with the goal of bringing together top universities located in the heart of major world cities in order to address cultural, environmental and political issues of common interest to world cities and their universities.
By promoting closer interaction between universities, local government and business communities, WC2 creates a forum where universities can be more responsive to the needs of their stakeholders in the context of world cities.
Each of the founding members will bring together local expertise in issues of common interest to world cities such as:
By making WC2 international in character, we aim to advance understanding and recognition of the role of universities in world cities and the matters that are of common interest to them, not only locally, but internationally through collaboration.
The flow of staff, students and information across borders and through levels of local government will result in a more comprehensive understanding of world cities, their universities and how they may impact and aid each other.
The WC2 network was established in September 2010 by City University London and currently has 11 member institutions.
WC2 member universities are:
at the heart of a world city and recognized locally as a major university
committed to international activities
cosmopolitan in perspective and strategic direction
committed to close and intense two-way interaction with their local society and economy
strong academically, and in research, in areas particularly relevant to world cities
driven to meet the development of new areas of knowledge and technology
civically engaged with the broader community in the public and private sectors
committed to act as a local hub for the WC2 network
open to involving others in their city (business, community organizations, local government) in WC2
endorsed projects including relevant collaboration with other experts.