The Global Network is the pre-eminent group of leading research universities' associations from North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. As a collective organization, the Global Network has signed two statements concerning research-intensive universities. The 2013 HEFEI Statement marks the first widspread agreement on key characteristics and missions of modern research universities. In 2014, the Global Network signed the LEIDEN Statement reinforcing the role of social sciences and humanities in the global research landscape. The LEIDEN Statement is intended to help enable broad interdisciplinary connections that can deliver multiple perspectives to solve global challenges.
The SHANGHEI Statement builds on previous Global Network statements, in order to outline the critical role of research-intensive universities in global innovation ecosystems. the SHANGHAI Statement also identifies the vital actions research-intensive universities must undertake to strengthen their foundational role in the innovation ecosystem.