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    Graduate research and scholarship have become truly global activities. This is why CGS invites graduate leaders from around the world to participate in meetings that address international issues in graduate education. These include the Strategic Leaders Global Summit on Graduate Education, convened annually in different locations around the world, along with meetings and workshops held in the United States.


    The Strategic Leaders Global Summit on Graduate Education

    Today, faculty and graduate students conduct research with global implications, collaborate with international networks of researchers, and produce knowledge that circulates worldwide. In this environment, graduate leaders are seeking to prepare their institutions for new opportunities and challenges. The Strategic Leaders Global Summit on Graduate Education supports these efforts by providing a forum for active discussion and collaboration. Each year, graduate leaders from a wide range of countries and regions contribute diverse perspectives on the summit topic while working together to develop best practices that further the shared goal of supporting graduate education and research.


    Global Summit 2018
    Supporting Diversity in Graduate Education
    November 11-13, 2018
    Johannesburg, South Africa

    The 2018 Summit theme, “Supporting Diversity in Graduate Education,” addresses the ways in which graduate education leaders across the world seek ways to identify, create, and disseminate curricula and strategies to ensure diversity in their programs and on their campuses. Developing a diverse graduate education community may mean different things in various parts of the world (race; ethnicity; gender; and socioeconomic, first-generation, or immigrant status). Through efforts to educate our communities and change social attitudes or focused outreach and support through workshops, recruitment fairs, and specialized program offerings, our shared goal is to foster learning environments that provide access and equity for all current and future graduate students.


    Global Summit 2017
    Graduate Education 2030: Imagining the Future
    September 10-12, 2017
    Alyeska Resort, Alaska

    The 2017 Summit theme, “Graduate Education 2030: Imagining the Future” revisits an earlier CGS Project Graduate Education 2020, which challenged leading scholars to consider technological, demographic, and global trends shaping graduate education around the world, and to use the best evidence available to predict what the future of graduate education might look like. Now that the year 2020 is within sight, we take this opportunity to reconsider the future these scholars imagined. Looking even farther ahead, to 2030, international leaders in graduate education will consider the global forces transforming graduate education in their countries and regions: How does the nature of graduate education in 2030 differ from what is available in 2017?


    Global Summit 2016

    What is a Doctorate?
    November 15-17, 2016
    ão Paulo, Brazil

    The 2016 Global Summit on Graduate Education addressed the question, “What is a doctorate?” in light of a number of global trends affecting the definition and delivery of doctoral education.


    Global Summit 2015

    Implications of "Big Data" for Graduate Education

    September 28-29, 2015


    The 2015 Summit explored the implications of big data for graduate education as well as the need to prepare the next generation of graduate students to navigate big data environments.


    The complete list of Global Summit events is available at Global Summit Archive.


    For more information about CGS meetings on international issues, please contact Katherine Hazelrigg.


    CGS is the leading source of information, data analysis, and trends in graduate education. Our benchmarking data help member institutions to assess performance in key areas, make informed decisions, and develop plans that are suited to their goals.
    CGS Best Practice initiatives address common challenges in graduate education by supporting institutional innovations and sharing effective practices with the graduate community. Our programs have provided millions of dollars of support for improvement and innovation projects at member institutions.
    As the national voice for graduate education, CGS serves as a resource on issues regarding graduate education, research, and scholarship. CGS collaborates with other national stakeholders to advance the graduate education community in the policy and advocacy arenas.  
    CGS is an authority on global trends in graduate education and a leader in the international graduate community. Our resources and meetings on global issues help members internationalize their campuses, develop sustainable collaborations, and prepare their students for a global future.