Univer-Cities Conference 2016

The University of Newcastle proudly hosted the Univer-Cities Conference 2016.

The conference explored how universities with strong medical origins are different to others and the opportunities this presents for the cities and regions they call home.  Building on the inaugural 2013 Conference held in Singapore, the international forum continued the conversations on the transformational role universities play in driving a city’s economic, social and cultural development.

The program featured distinguished speakers from across the globe, including insights from past and present Vice-Chancellors and Deputy Vice-Chancellors of some of the world’s leading universities, including Cambridge, University of California, Berkeley, Nanyang Technological University and the University of Hong Kong.

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Univer-cities keynote address by Sir Leszek Borysiewicz

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Univer-Cities books

Univer-Cities: Strategic Implications for Asia
Readings from Cambridge and Berkeley to Singapore

Univer-cities: Strategic Implications for Asia aims to redefine the multi-faceted symbiotic relationship between universities and host cities. The four readings in this book will invite readers to challenge the traditional view of what a university is as a place, and re-define the university as a space; drawing discoverers, creators, and seekers who are keen to preserve and enhance the value of higher education in Asia. This reader will also show how universities can make a huge and innovative impact on the immediate, surrounding, and global communities that are drawn into the ambit of its campus and sought out by the university in inter-univer-city and trans-displinary linkages.

Written by worldly academic leaders and professionals from Berkeley, Cambridge, Canberra and Singapore — who are prominent in fields of higher education strategy, campus cum urban planning, design, and architecture — the readings will shed some light on the future and power of univer-cities.

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Univer-Cities: Strategic View of the Future
Readings from Berkeley and Cambridge to Singapore and Rising Asia

This follows on from the very well-received Volume I Univer-cities: Strategic Implications for Asia - Readings from Cambridge and Berkeley to Singapore edited by Anthony SC Teo and published in 2013. The early discussions on the topic "univer-cities" sparked considerable interest, leading to the Inaugural Univer-Cities Conference 2013.

Volume II is the result of papers presented at the inaugural Univer-Cities Conference 2013. Founded by Anthony SC Teo, the Conference was held under the auspices of Nanyang Technological University and the Lee Foundation in Singapore. The inaugural address was delivered by His Royal Highness Raja Dr Nazrin Shah and was followed by presentations by eminent scholars and thought leaders from universities all over the world.

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About the unique Univer-Cities design

Yeo Chee Kiong translated the theme of Univer-Cities: Strategic Implications for Asia into a design where institutions of higher learning are depicted in twin-skyline city scapes.

The book cover design focuses on a stylized sky-line of a city with a built-in core of institutions of higher learning - idiomatically referred to as seats of learning. His hypothesis is that through human history, the idea put to record from early Sumerians and Egyptians has been the discipline of thinking and writing. He represented them through the form of chairs and tables.

The book title 'Univer-Cities: Strategic Implications for Asia' is portrayed in SYNCHRO LET font. It visually places the accent on the contrast of light, darkness and dots reminiscent of the lights of a city - an interpretation of a night skyline of a 'univer-city' scape. A more intriguing imagination is a twist of double-helix - every univer-city has its distinctive DNA.