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Higher Education Agenda

International Events
Presentation of the new UNESCO report “Rethinking Education: Towards a global common good?”
What education do we need for the 21st century? What is the purpose of education in the current context of societal transformation? How should learning be organized? These questions inspired the ideas presented in this publication which will be presented next July in Barcelona.
Where: Barcelona, Spain,
When: Jul 14, 2015 to Jul 14, 2015)
12th International Conference for Engaged Scholars and Practitioners
The annual Engagement Australia conference brings together a diverse group of academics and practitioners from a range of organizations and will explore subjects such the role for research and education regarding the current economic situation, what does that mean for aspiring “engaged universities, and other broader strategic themes and their interplay with engaged training, learning, research and service practices.
Where: Kirribilli Club, Sydney,
When: Jul 20, 2015 to Jul 22, 2015)
XII International Week of Service-Learning
This event is aimed for specialists, researchers, universities, schools, students and social organizations committed with service-learning projects, social responsibility of universities and other solidary educational activities.
Where: Buenos Aires, Argentina,
When: Aug 24, 2015 to Aug 29, 2015)
3rd Service-Learning Research Symposium
The symposium is organized by CLAYSS as a part of the 12th International Week of Service-Learning and is supported by the service-learning Ibero-american Network.
Where: Buenos Aires, Argentina ,
When: Aug 26, 2015 to Aug 26, 2015)
37th Annual EAIR Forum. From here to there: Positioning Higher Education Institutions
The EAIR 2015 Forum is organized by the Danube University Krems.
Where: Krems, Austria,
When: Aug 30, 2015 to Sep 02, 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.
World Education Forum gives a step forward to improve the education agenda for the next 15 years
This international conference aimed to set out a common roadmap to be implemented by partners and countries worldwide regarding the future for Education 2030
UN establishes a close cooperation with LERU
The League of European Research Universities (LERU) will work together with the United Nations (UN) in activities focused on global developments in the fields of research, innovation and education.
Published the winners of the 2015 MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship
This award, organized by the MacJannet Foundation and the Talloires Network Secretariat, aims to recognize projects which are involved on community engagement in higher education and promote initiatives that contribute to the development of excellent global citizenship and civic engagement of universities.

Institutional Members News
The Autonomous University of Yucatán bolsters its commitment in promoting Gender Equality
Through the program “The strengthening of the gender perspective in the Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY)”, practices are being developed in order to overcome inequality between women and men, both in the institution and society.
Strathmore University hosts the 16th International Academy of African Business Development Conference
With this event, the university strengthens its leading role in this researching area in Africa and translates its efforts to a greater cooperation within society in areas such as culture, economic well-being and social development.
More than 150 people participated on the “Seminar on Volunteerism” organized at the American International University – Bangladesh
This event was promoted by the Engineering Student's Association of Bangladesh AIUB Unit Face (ESAB-AIUB UF) and aimed to motivate participants to volunteer and share the experiences and activities of the Association on this field.
The Open University of Catalonia (UOC) won the gold medal at the Learning Impact Awards
This award recognizes the UOC’s project Present@ as an initiative that contributes to innovative application of technology in support of a wide-reaching learning in higher education.
UNESCO Chair of Higher Education Management of the UPC – BarcelonaTech promotes two learning activities regarding the management of higher education
The Seminar DIES3 and the conference on “Transparency on Higher Education Institutions” focused on the need to improve knowledge at the direction of universities
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GUNi participates in the Global High Level Policy Forum: Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education for the Future We Want
This Forum was organized by UNESCO in partnership with the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)
"Globalization pushes us to regionalization and universities have a central role in this process” Prof. Francesc Xavier Grau said
During the seminar “Territorial Competitiveness and Universities” stakeholders highlighted the role of universities in the implementation of the RIS3 and promoted better cooperation in order to improve strategies on this issue.
See the updated programme of the seminar on Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialization in European Regions (RIS3)
GUNi, together with the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) and the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3Platform) of the European Commission organizes a seminar on “Regional competitiveness and universities. The role of universities in regional strategies for smart specialization in Europe”, next June 3 in Barcelona.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the tragic death of Dr. Martha Farrell
With deep grief and sorrow we share that Dr. Martha Farrell, Director of the Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) perished last May 13 victim of an armed attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. She was working in a training programme on Gender Issues with the aim to provide support to Afghan officials and NGO workers.
GUNi highlights the importance of measuring social innovation and the social impact of universities during the 6th IAU Global Meeting of Associations
The meeting took place en Montréal from 6 to May 8 under the topic “Social Innovation: challenges and perspectives for higher education” where participants were able to discuss the local and global impact regarding social innovation and its challenges.
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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