UNESCO World Higher Education Conference 2021 (WHEC2021)
The third World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2021) aims at reshaping ideas and practices in higher education to ensure sustainable development for the planet and humanity.
The WHEC2021 will bring together relevant stakeholders to define and prepare a roadmap for a new era of higher education. This roadmap will respond to the challenges faced by humanity and the planet, with special attention to the global disruption created by the COVID-19. It will look at both the higher education systems (norms, policies, structures, stakeholders) and institutions (universities, specialized entities, networks). entities, networks).
UNESCO is organizing the WHEC2021 to offer new knowledge, innovative ideas creative alliances, and produce an enlarged and reinvigorated coalition of the global higher education community in favour of 2030 Agenda for Development and beyond.
The UNESCO World Higher Education Conference will take place from 7-9 October 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. This event has only been convened twice in Paris (1998 and 2009), and this year, for the very first time, it will be celebrated in the city of Barcelona, GUNi's headquarters.
The WHEC2021 is organised by UNESCO in partnership with GUNi/ACUP, with the support of the Government of Spain, the regional Government of Catalonia, the City Hall and the Regional Authority of Barcelona and with the technical support of the IESALC. We are very honoured to be UNESCO’s main partner in the organization and celebration of such an event. The Conference is a unique opportunity for the higher education sector all over the world.
GUNi is working on the elaboration and edition of a “Special Issue” of the GUNi Higher Education in the World Report series, GUNi’s flagship project, called “GUNi World Report-Special Issue - New Visions for Higher Education Institutions towards 2030”. This Report will be officially presented and launched at the UNESCO World Higher Education Conference 2021 (WHEC2021) in Barcelona and will constitute the springboard to the GUNi International Call For Action (2021-2025) project. Read more here.