7th ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Student’s Forum (ARC7)
The 7th ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Student’s Forum (ARC7) is co-organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), between 11-15 May 2019 in Bucharest, Romania.
Josep M. Vilalta, GUNi Director and Executive Secretary of the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP), will participate at the session “Partnerships are crucial for achieving the SDGs: Should universities play a managerial or a participatory role?” on Tuesday, 14 May 2019.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call for action to shape a better future for all. Universities have a key responsibility to tackle complex societal challenges of our times, manifested in these Goals. The 7th ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum invites Asian and European higher education and student leaders to share how their organisations contribute to policy development and take action towards the Agenda 2030 and to get inspiration from their peers’ strategies.
The 7th ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum offers a creative space for knowledge exchange on implementing a whole-of-institution approach on sustainable development, teaching the next generation of leaders and thinkers to act sustainably and ethically; conducting research that leads to positive change in our world; and engaging communities outside the walls of academia. The conference also explores how university and student leaders from Asia and Europe can work together towards a “future we want”. ARC7 explores how higher education can take action towards achieving the sustainable development goals on three different levels:
- Taking action at home— SDGs as Core Pillars of University Governance
- Taking action at community level— SDGs as Drivers of University Social Impact
- Taking action at the international level — SDGs as a Catalyst to Reorient Internationalisation
Josep M. Vilalta, GUNi Director and Executive Secretary of the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP), will participate at the session “Partnerships are crucial for achieving the SDGs: Should universities play a managerial or a participatory role?” with Prof Dato’ Dr Imran Ho Abdullah -Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Industry and Community Partnerships), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; Chair, University Social Responsibility and Sustainability Thematic Network, ASEAN University Network (AUN)- and Prof Joshi LOKESH -Vice-President for Research, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland-.
Description of the session:
In the framework of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in a time where our world is more connected and interdependent than ever, successful multi-stakeholder partnerships seem to be essential in order to implement solutions to achieve sustainable development. But, what role should higher institutions play in those partnerships to make them work towards the 2030 Agenda? Should universities play a managerial role or a participatory role? Which one of the two models has more impact? Which one is more democratic in the higher education context? What are the main challenges in terms of establishment, sustainability and success of these kind of multi-stakeholder partnerships in higher education?