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|Type||global consortium of universities|
|8 members, 1 associate member|
|Dr. Seoung-Yong Hong
Dr. Choonbae Park
(President and Chair)
The Global U8 Consortium or the GU8 is an educational consortium of eight universities located in seaport cities in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Israel, Malaysia, South Korea and the UK.
|Universidade de Fortaleza||Fortaleza, Brazil||1973|
|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|
|Universiti Malaysia Perlis||Arau, Malaysia||2001|
|RMIT University (associate member)||Melbourne, Australia||1887|
|Xiamen University||Xiamen, China||1921|
|Otto-von-Guericke University||Magdeburg, Germany||1993|
The Global U8 Consortium (GU8) was proposed by Dr. Seoung-Yong Hong, 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 2004, a select group of leading universities which also shared the common geography of INHA - in being located within a seaport city of their respective home countries - were approached to form the new consortium.
In 2006, the Presidents and Chancellors of eight leading seaport 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 US (University of Rhode Island and University of Washington), signed a "Memorandum of Understanding" in Incheon, South Korea, and officially established the Global U8 Consortium.
In 2008, a new "Memorandum of Understanding" was signed in Melbourne, Australia, after which the University of Fortaleza in Brazil and the University of Malaysia, Perlis in Malaysia, were admitted to the consortium. The new universities replaced the US-based universities, Rhode Island and Washington, which formally withdrew from the GU8.
Presidents of the GU8:
GU8 universities collaborate on three main objectives: