College Hall tower amidst trees.

Leaders of the World



October 9-11, 2019
University Hall Conference Center, 7th floor

Welcome to Montclair State University, a distinguished institution chosen by international students from more than 85 nations!

Our beautiful, 252 acre (102 hectares) campus is located just 12 miles (19 kilometers) from New York City, and 1.5 hours from the Jersey Shore beaches. More than 5,000 students live on campus in a safe and welcoming environment.

Established in 1908, Montclair State University is a leading university in New Jersey and is designated a national Research Doctoral University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Its eleven colleges and schools serve more than 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students with more than 300 doctoral, master’s, and baccalaureate level programs.

LEADERS OF THE WORLD is proudly hosted by the Office of International Engagement (IE). Our office fosters a welcoming environment for international students, faculty, and scholars who join our diverse community.

We look forward to having you on campus!

For more information or contact:

Jane Ann Williams
Associate Provost, International Engagement

Keith Johnson
Admissions and Immigration Counselor

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Campus Map (with parking and walking instructions)

MSU skyline


Leaders of the World provides a venue for leaders in higher education, business, non-profit organizations, and government to engage in critical conversations about the role and impact of issues facing their communities in a changing world.

Keynote speakers share their perspectives to develop open interdisciplinary dialog between leaders spanning the Americas and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Europe.

Ambassadors, university presidents, multinational corporate executives as well as leaders in the United Nations and Institute of International Education among others address challenges facing communities at the local, national and international level.

International Education Week is celebrated with a Study Abroad Expo. Faculty students and staff meet international university partners from across the world. Montclair State University faculty and staff showcase degree programs, study abroad programs and research projects. The Expo also features student presentations, dance and multimedia presentations to reflect diverse culture.

LEADERS OF THE WORLD Keynote Presentations, Focused Conversations, and the Expo are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Leaders of the World: Speakers Series includes seminars covering a wide array of topics of global interest lead by experts in the fields of technology, environmental science, politics and education. These seminars take place throughout the year and across the globe and provide a chance for attendees to gain firsthand knowledge from the best minds in these fields.    

Leaders of the World: Culture and Language Immersion customized programs for high school students, college students, professionals and executives to enhance language proficiency and cultural literacy through a three-week course while living on the campus of Montclair State University.  Professional participants include Federal Legislature of Argentina, university vice presidents, directors, and deans, medical doctors and attorneys. Youth programs target young scholars and future leaders.

The flagship, Leaders of the World Annual Conference, is a unique, intimate venue for top leaders to meet and discuss common solutions to the challenges facing their communities. LOTW addresses educational, environmental, technological, health, and social challenges of communities as they plan to grow for the 21st century.  Topics include Economic Development, Environmental Planning, Emergency Management, and the Role of Education in Building Cities and Nations.