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  • Rapid economic growth in Asia strongly affects the ecosystem and has engendered severe environmental problems. To recover from that damage and to realize a sustainable society, environmental experts of great activity are needed. The Graduate School of Environmental Science at Okayama University...
  • Our imperfect world is advancing relentlessly towards uncertain future scenarios, and we must try to redirect it towards sustainability, that is, towards a new way of doing things in order to improve our environment while at the same time achieving justice, social equality and economic stability...
  • Although the Bologna process is not without faults, it can be of interest to nations outside Europe. The model on which the European Higher Education Area was based may provide inspiration for other parts of the world. On the African continent, where higher education is a major area of hope for...
  • Participatory processes have been identified as one of the most powerful engines to provoke real transformations in higher education institutions, in order to help them, and those with whom they engage, face the growing demands and challenges of an increasingly globalized and environmentally...
  • All over the world, those who shape and fund higher education systems are engaged in a dramatic period of reform. Their interests have converted higher education into a priority sector within society, relevant for the productive sector and capable of leading the economic, social and human...
  • As higher education worldwide leans towards privatisation and universities focus on increasing their market value through commercialisation, a movement that promotes openness, free access to learning resources, and emphasises the social function of higher education is growing rapidly. Open...
  • As the Talloires Declaration states, institutions of higher education “do not exist in isolation from society, nor from the communities in which they are located. Instead, they carry a unique obligation to listen, understand, and contribute to social transformation and development”. In this article...
  • In 2001, the project "Universidad Construye País" (University Builds Country) was launched in Chile. Its aim was to carry out coordinated, joint social responsibility activities in the country’s universities. One of the people behind this project is the rector of the Catholic University of Temuco,...
  • Higher education institutions have always played an important role in the development of their respective regions. In this article, Francisco Marmolejo, the Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, states that this contribution cannot, nor indeed...
  • Several of the most pressing problems and challenges faced by humankind were identified in 2000 as Millennium Development Goals. World governments made a commitment to meet these goals by 2015. To what extent are these goals a subject of concern for higher education? Should higher education...
  • University cooperation is rapidly changing its identity.
  • Higher education institutions constitute an apparently privileged space within which society can question, experiment with and even confront itself. In theory, they can be an environment for creative endeavour. However, numerous contradictions encountered in practice hinder or even impede this...
  • In this article, Alejandra Boni, Studies Group on Development, Cooperation and Ethics, Department of Projects Engineering of the Technical University of Valencia, and Des Gasper, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, propose a matrix to interpret universities’ activities and achievements in...
  • In this article Àngels Canadell, coordinator of the GUNI Report Higher Education in the World 4, explains the need of an integrative vision to advance sustainability and the possible education’s contribution on this.
  • In this article, Budd Hall, University of Victoria (Canada) Chan Lean Heng, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Rajesh Tandon, Society for Participatory Research, (India) highlight the importance of community-university research partnerships and present the philosophy and activities of the Global...

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