Institutions currently committed to participation in the Consortium are:
Brazil – University of Brasilia
China – Tsinghua University
India – University of Delhi
Kenya – Kenyatta University
Korea – Yonsei University
Russia – Higher School of Economics (Russia)
Turkey – Istanbul Sehir University
United States – George Mason University
The first Global Problem Solving Consortium International Conference took place from March 22-25, 2012, hosted by George Mason University. The Conference included presentations by distinguished representatives of each member institution as well as a keynote presentation, break-out working groups, and cultural activities. Through participation in the conference, Consortium members gained deeper knowledge of partner institutions, established effective communication between institutions and set a course for next steps. A clear system was set in place for students to begin participating in this exciting collaborative initiative.
The University of Brasília is one of the largest and one of the most prestigious public federally-sponsored universities in Brazil. It is located in the country’s capital, Brasília. The University of Brasilia has been consistently ranked as one of the top 5 public universities in Brazil. The University of Brasília has over 30,000 graduate and undergraduate students with 22 institutions and 50 different departments. UnB offers 56 masters programs and 31 doctorate programs.
Since China opened up to the world in 1978, Tsinghua University has developed at a breathtaking pace into a comprehensive research university. At present, the university has 14 schools and 56 departments with faculties in science, engineering, humanities, law, medicine, history, philosophy, economics, management, education and art. As one of China’s most renowned universities, Tsinghua has become an important institution for fostering talent and scientific research.
The University of Delhi is a premier university and is known for its high standards in teaching and research. It was established in 1922 as a unitary, teaching and residential university by an act of the Central Legislative Assembly. The University of Delhi has 16 faculties, 86 academic departments, 77 colleges and 5 other recognized institutes spread all over the city. As of 2010 there are 114,494 undergraduate students and 17,941 graduate students.
Kenyatta University is the second largest public university in the country. With the creation of fourteen colleges, Kenyatta University has six campuses apart from its main campus. The university has launched several critical policy frameworks and introduced innovative degree programs to cope with the demands for higher education in Kenya. As of 2010 Kenyatta University has 24,000 students.
Yonsei University is a Christian private research university, located in Seoul, South Korea. Established in 1885, it is one of the oldest universities in South Korea, the top private comprehensive university in South Korea, and is widely regarded as one of the top three comprehensive universities in the country.
Yonsei’s main campus is ensconced in a spacious, picturesque and natural setting located minutes away from the economic, political, and cultural centers of Seoul’s metropolitan downtown. Yonsei has 3,500 eminent faculty members who are conducting cutting-edge research across all academic disciplines. There are 18 graduate schools, 22 colleges and 133 subsidiary institutions hosting a selective pool of students from around the world.
The Higher School of Economics is a national research university that combines graduate education with cutting-edge research and builds on almost two decades of HSE leadership in Russia in the social and economic sciences.
HSE has 33 faculties and schools offering programs for over 16,000 students. HSE is the largest center for socio-economic analysis in Russia and Eastern Europe, implementing about 400 basic and applied research projects through 38 research institutes and centers, 11 international research labs, and joint research projects with international partners.
Istanbul Şehir University was founded by the Foundation for Sciences and Arts (BISAV), a non-governmental organization established in 1986, when it defined its main mission.
BISAV’s mission statement notes that “The most important factor influencing the rise of social systems is the production and organization of knowledge. BISAV is a research and educational institution that tries, on the one hand, to understand the main dynamics of the contemporary world and, on the other hand, to contribute to finding the ‘roots’ of the Turkish society in order to build a sound future upon these roots. What lies beneath the current crises of not only Turkey but also all non-Western societies is the failure to create an ‘intellectual tradition’. BISAV thus focuses on transcending the psychological and intellectual barriers that make it difficult to overcome this problem.” That is the spirit that enriches the mission of Istanbul Şehir University.
Since it was founded in 1972, George Mason University has grown into a major educational force and earned a reputation as an innovative, entrepreneurial institution. Just minutes from Washington, D.C., George Mason has a growing and diverse student body and an exceptional faculty of enterprising scholars. At the center of the world’s political, information, and communications networks, George Mason is the university needed by a region and a world driven by new social, economic, and technological realities.