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Topic 1. Access, equity and quality Topic 2. Curricular innovation Topic 3. Open up knowledge to society Topic 4. Higher Education role in addresing major global issues Topic 5. Transforming education for sustainability Topic 6. Social responsibility of higher education



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Africa needs a sharp increase in spending on Higher Education, say the experts gathered at the African Higher Education Summit
Between 10 and 12 March, politicians, higher education leaders, civil society and scholars discussed the keys for transforming the African higher education sector. Among the 500 attendees, there were heads of State and other dignitaries such as Kofi Annan, the presidents of Rwanda, Kenya and Senegal, and former presidents of other African countries.
UVIECON 2015 discussed on global universities and their regional impact
On March 13 the 650th University of Viena International Anniversary Conference gathered higher education experts from around the world to discuss ways for being a global university and to secure positive impact to society.
IAU launches a new professional development programme addressed to higher education leaders.
Leading Globally Engaged Universities (LGEU) is a leadership development programme addressed to senior leaders of Higher Education Institutions from different regions.
Higher Education Agenda

International Events
EUA Annual Conference: European Universities in Research and Innovation - People, Policies and Partnerships
The Conference is organized by the European Association of Universities (EAU)
Where: Antwerp, Belgium,
When: Apr 16, 2015 to Apr 17, 2015)
Course in Developing Community University Partnerships
Organized by the Community University Partnership Programme at Brighton University, it is a five days intensive course with a six months of follow up.
Where: Brighton, UK,
When: Apr 20, 2015 to Sep 30, 2015)
Nurturing University Community Engagement: Integration, Innovation and Impact
The International Conference on “Nurturing University Community Engagement: Integration, Innovation and Impact” is a follow-up event of the recently concluded successful APUCEN summit 2014 in Penang, Malaysia. It will further provide opportunities to prospective members and participants to join a growing local and global movement for university and community engagement to craft sustainable societies and a just world.
Where: Gokarna Forest Resort, Thali, Nepal,
When: May 06, 2015 to May 08, 2015)
6th Global Meeting of Associations (GMA VI). Social innovation: challenges and perspectives for Higher Education,
The meeting will call on the various national, regional and international university associations, networks and groups to explore how universities are involved in social innovations, how they link up to governments, civil society and industry to develop new solutions to social problems.
Where: Montreal, Québec, Canada,
When: May 07, 2015 to May 08, 2015)
6th IAU Global Meeting of Associations: "Social innovation: challenges and perspectives for Higher Education"
This edition is organized in partnership with the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE) and hosted by the University of Montréal.
Where: Montréal, CQ, Canada,
When: May 07, 2015 to May 08, 2015)
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Jaume Pagès, Universia CEO
In this interview the Chief Executive Officer of Universia talks about the challenges of the Ibero-American universities, the Universia Declaration Rio 2014, the creation of an Ibero-American space of knowledge and the collaboration between Universia and GUNi.
Francesc Xavier Grau, the new Non-Executive Director of GUNi, shares his views about the need for engaged universities, both at regional and global level. The vision of a university as an "inescapable social force for good" makes engagement with the immediate needs of our local societies and engagement with the global challenges of the world, of our global society, compatible. This is the real challenge of many universities around the world that may be able to take on the responsibility of being a glocal university.

Institutional Members News
“Attributes of Successful Vice-Chancellors”, new initiative by GUNi-Africa
GUNi-Africa produces a new vídeo as part of the Series on Quality Assurance in Higher Education.
Strathmore University summarizes in a video the outreach programmes developed
The Community Service Center of Strathmore University has produced a video to sum up the programmes developed since 2012 with the aim of serving society through direct engagement by the students, staff and alumni.
Jimma University organizes a Social Accountability Training Programme
The Programme is led by the Social Accountability Programme in Ethiopia, which selected Jimma University for its commitment to Community-Based Education.
The UNESCO Chair in Higher Education Management finishes the ISMU TEMPUS project with a final conference
The UNESCO Chair in Higher Education Management has been leading for four years the ISMU TEMPUS project in partnership with European and Asian partners.
The UNESCO Chair in CBR-SR lauches a survey on "Building the Next Generation of Community-Based Researchers".
The UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education invites the international higher education community to take part of an online survey on "Building the Next Generation of Community-Based Researchers".
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About our activity
First steps towards the 6th GUNi Higher Education in the World Report
The Editorial Team of the 6th GUNi Report held its first meeting on Thursday, March 26. Prof. John Goddard (UK), Prof. Ellen Hazelkorn (Ireland), Prof. Budd Hall (Canada) and Prof. Rajesh Tandon (India) are the gest editors for this next edition.
GUNi Seminar on “Regional competitiveness and universities. The role of universities in regional strategies for smart specialization in Europe”
GUNi, together with the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) and the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3Platform) of the European Commission organizes a seminar on Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialization (RIS3) in European regions (RIS3), next June 3 in Barcelona.
GUNi Agreement Signed Between UNESCO, UNU and the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)
Last February, the new partnership renewed the agreement concerning the GUNi network for four years in the framework of UNESCO’s UNITWIN Programme, as a result of the assumption of the GUNi Secretariat by ACUP as a new partner of GUNi.
Enric Fossas, new GUNi President
The rector of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech (UPC), Enric Fossas was appointed President of the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) and is, therefore, the new GUNi President for 2015.
Agreement signed with the UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education
GUNi and the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education (UCCBR-SR), hosted by the University of Victoria, Canada, have agreed to establish a strategic partnership to foster future common activities and projects.
GUNi Regional Corners
The Autonomous University of Yucatán designed a program for social responsibility aiming to connect knowledge with local and global needs.
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