GUNi.Highlights: About our activities
Up to 30 participants worldwide hold a richly diversified meeting about the social responsibility of higher education was held yesterday in Barcelona, providing an important look at the strong bridge between universities and society as well as meaningful contributions for the next GUNI’s World Report
Another successful Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa promoted by GUNi-Africa
The 7th Edition of this international meeting was held in Nigeria and was attended by more than 200 participants from 38 countries, including various stakeholders on the field of Higher Education
The first meeting of the European project HEIRRI was held 16th September in Barcelona. In this project, GUNi-ACUP is responsible for the HEIRRI dissemination plan.
This event, which will be held next 29 of September in Barcelona, aims to constitute a UNESCO Chairs working group for the 6th GUNi Report and discuss the local and global impact of Universities as well as their role for the achievement of the SDG’s.
GUNi collaborates in the organization of the International Conference 'The Contribution of HE on the United Nations 2030 Agenda’
This event will be held on 8 and 9 October in Barcelona and will discuss what role is played by Universities on implementing the purposes of Education 2030
During an event held at the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, more than 20 institutions, including GUNi, signed an action plan in order to boost this initiative based on global values and public policies.
The project, which will start on September 1st 2015 and will last three years, is part of the European programme Horizon2020.
GUNi participates in the Global High Level Policy Forum: Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education for the Future We Want
This Forum was organized by UNESCO in partnership with the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)
"Globalization pushes us to regionalization and universities have a central role in this process” Prof. Francesc Xavier Grau said
During the seminar “Territorial Competitiveness and Universities” stakeholders highlighted the role of universities in the implementation of the RIS3 and promoted better cooperation in order to improve strategies on this issue.
See the updated programme of the seminar on Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialization in European Regions (RIS3)
GUNi, together with the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) and the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3Platform) of the European Commission organizes a seminar on “Regional competitiveness and universities. The role of universities in regional strategies for smart specialization in Europe”, next June 3 in Barcelona.
With deep grief and sorrow we share that Dr. Martha Farrell, Director of the Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) perished last May 13 victim of an armed attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. She was working in a training programme on Gender Issues with the aim to provide support to Afghan officials and NGO workers.
GUNi highlights the importance of measuring social innovation and the social impact of universities during the 6th IAU Global Meeting of Associations
The meeting took place en Montréal from 6 to May 8 under the topic “Social Innovation: challenges and perspectives for higher education” where participants were able to discuss the local and global impact regarding social innovation and its challenges.
At the Symposium participants had the opportunity to discuss and reflect about participatory and community research through different projects and exchange of experiences.
“The ‘Glocality’ must be consistent: what we do in positive for the local demand can’t go against of what is done globally" Prof. Grau said
The Non-Executive Director of GUNi, Francesc Xavier Grau participated in the III Forum about Environment and Local World and highlighted the challenges of higher education as an important actor within our society.
The Editorial Team of the 6th GUNi Report held its first meeting on Thursday, March 26. Prof. John Goddard (UK), Prof. Ellen Hazelkorn (Ireland), Prof. Budd Hall (Canada) and Prof. Rajesh Tandon (India) are the gest editors for this next edition.
Last February, the new partnership renewed the agreement concerning the GUNi network for four years in the framework of UNESCO’s UNITWIN Programme, as a result of the assumption of the GUNi Secretariat by ACUP as a new partner of GUNi.
The rector of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech (UPC), Enric Fossas was appointed President of the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) and is, therefore, the new GUNi President for 2015.
Agreement signed with the UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education
GUNi and the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education (UCCBR-SR), hosted by the University of Victoria, Canada, have agreed to establish a strategic partnership to foster future common activities and projects.
On 11 December, GUNi organized the seminar “The world beyond 2015: is higher education ready? The role of higher education institutions for the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda” at the Art Nouveau Site of Sant Pau. The seminar, related to the campaign “The world beyond 2015: is higher education ready?” was promoted by the Association of Commonwealth Universities with the collaboration and support of the City of Barcelona as well as the International Association of Universities.
During 2014, 38 events were held in 25 countries to launch the GUNi Report. Among them, the regional presentation in the Arab States, held in Jordan, the regional presentation in Asia and the Pacific, held in South Korea, and presentations in India, Hong Kong, South Africa, Ghana, Australia, Mexico Argentina, Italy, Denmark, United Kingdom, Canada and Uganda should be highlighted.