GUNi and SNU-IGSR sign an agreement to translate the 5th Report into Korean

Lee Ji-Hyang

The Agreement was signed in Seoul on March 25, during the celebration of the 1st International Forum on University Social Responsibility. 
The forum was organized by the Seoul National University’s Institute for Global Social Responsibility (SNU-IGSR) in partnership with UNESCO Bangkok, the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility and GUNi. 

Seoul National University’s Institute for Global Social Responsibility (SNU-IGSR), a newly established institute to enhance SNU’s global activities regarding social responsibility, organized the 1st International Forum on University Social Responsibility under the theme, “Different Meanings of Social Responsibility” on March 24-25, 2014. The inaugural forum covered different approaches and practices of University Social Responsibility (USR) and explored issues, opportunities and recommendations concerning university social responsibility. The two-day forum was attended by around 100 participants coming from several countries of the Asia and the Pacific region.

The first day of the forum served as a platform to launch the Higher Education in the World 5. Knowledge Engagement and Higher Education: Contributing to Social Change published by GUNi. Dr. Rajesh Tandon, gest editor and the UNESCO Co-Chair for Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education delivered the keynote speech on “Global Social Responsibility and Challenges to Higher Education Institutions (HEI)”. He emphasized that HEIs are at the center of knowledge co-construction and has a role to enhance partnership with multiple sectors. This was followed by three session presentations under the topics of Development Cooperation, Community Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship.

As for the second day of the forum, the GUNi Asia-Pacific Network meeting was held where 10 country cases on the “Meanings and Challenges of Social Responsibility in Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific Region” were presented. Based from the discussion, the importance of institutionalization, collaboration and inter-network dialogue were voiced out in order to further understand the diverse nature of USR as well as to enhance the quality and delivery of USR. With this insight, SNU-IGSR’s future forum is eyeing on pursuing a mapping of USR through inter-network dialogue. The two-day forum ended with a Social Responsibility tour around Seoul National University under the themes: technology innovation, student community, engagement and social entrepreneurship.

During the forum also took place the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the Korean translation of the Higher Education in the World 5. Knowledge Engagement and Higher Education: Contributing to Social Change between SNU-IGSR and GUNi. SNU-IGSR aims to distribute the Korean version among education institutions all over Korea at the end of the year.

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