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GUNi-Africa-AfriQAN AWARDS ON QUALITY ASSURANCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION IN AFRICA
The Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi-Africa) in partnership with the African Quality Assurance Network (AfriQAN) is pleased to announce the establishment of three modalities of awards in quality assurance in HE in Africa for 2014. Call is open until August 8.
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Great Transition Initiative Launches new Website
For over a decade, the Great Transition Initiative (GTI) has advanced a visionary scenario of a future rooted in human solidarity, well-being for all, and ecological sustainability. With the slogan "Toward a Transformative Vision and Praxis", it now enters a new phase with renewed energy and heightened sense of urgency.
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New World Bank Publication: "Why Don't Poor Countries Do Research & Development?"
Using a global panel on research and development (R&D) expenditures, this paper documents that on average poor countries do far less R&D than rich as a share of GDP.
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GUNi Report worldwide impact
More than 30 events are launching the GUNi Report in more than 20 countries. See the updated list of presentations.
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The GUNi Report presented in Argentina
CLAYSS (The Latin American Center for Service Learning) presented the report in its 17th annual "Learning and Solidary Service" seminar, held on August 28 and 29 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The seminar was attended by more than 400 civic engagement practitioners coming from Latin American countries.
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Higher Education in the World 5 launched in Stellenbosch University, South Africa
On August 28, Dr. Rajesh Tandon, co-director of the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility and President of PRIA, presented the GUNi report in Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Dr. Tandon, also gest editor of this publication, pointed out that Universities have a responsibility to help effect social change.
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A poem for the great turning
Budd Hall, Canada. UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education
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Budd Hall & Rajesh Tandon - Guest editors of the GUNi 6th Conference
In this interview Budd Hall, Secretary of the Global Alliance on Community Engaged Research, and Rajesh Tandon, Founder and Chief Functionary of the Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), elaborate on the main themes of the upcoming GUNi 6th Conference: transformative knowledge and the importance of community-university engagement for social transformation.
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Daniel Mato
In this interview, Daniel Mato presents the Project “Cultural Diversity, Interculturality and Higher Education" of the International Institute of UNESCO for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (IESALC), which analyzes the current demands and access conditions of Indigenous and Afro-Descendant students within the different types of Latin American Higher Education Institutions, and assesses their impact, responsibilities and challenges in regards to intercultural education, amongst other issues.
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William Scott
In this interview William Scott, emeritus professor at the University of Bath and director of the South West Learning for Sustainability Coalition, highlights that students need to be helped in seeing connections between the sustainability-related issues they study formally in their degrees, and real-world sustainability activities.
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Cristina Carballo
In this interview Cristina Carballo, from the Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, explains her vision of the university in Argentina and how the challenges of sustainability and cultural diversity have been addressed.
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