GUNi.Highlights: About our activities
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.
GUNi Seminar on “Regional competitiveness and universities. The role of universities in regional strategies for smart specialization in Europe”
GUNi, together with the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) and the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3Platform) of the European Commission organizes a seminar on Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialization (RIS3) in European regions (RIS3), next June 3 in Barcelona.
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.
The ASPBAE Festival of Learning, was organized from 18-21 November 2014 at Yogyakarta, Indonesia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Asian South Pacific Bureau of Adult Education (ASPBAE).
The presentation of the report Higher Education in the World 5 Knowledge, Engagement and Higher Education contributing to social change took place on October 14 in Barcelona. The event, held in the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, where GUNi’s headquarters are located, gathered around 150 participants among university presidents and vice-presidents, politicians, academics, professionals of higher education, policy-makers and representatives of civil society.
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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.
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.
On the occasion of the Conference in Local Change, Social Actions and Adult Learning: Challenges and Responens, the GUNi report was launched in Lisbon (Portugal) on June 27.
The meeting was hold in the University of Victoria and gathered about 150 participants related to the UNESCO fields.
Hold in Miami, Florida, on May 3, the Conference gave the opportunity to present the last GUNi publication to 200 scholars from around the world.
The report was presented on May 21 on the occasion of CUVIC 2014 "Beyond Engagement: Creating Integration, Innovation and Impact" organized in the University of Victoria.
The Senate Council Chambers at the University of Malta was the location of the HEIW5 launch in La Velette, Malta on April 23, on the occasion of the 6th International Conference of the Popular Education Network.
The last GUNi publication presented by Prof. Budd Hall was very welcomed among attenders.
Professor Mike Osborne, Co-Director of PASCAL, visited the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in Toowoomba, Australia on 13 May. During his visit he spoke to university staff and community representatives about the GUNi Report Higher Education in the World Report 5: Knowledge, Engagement and Higher Education: Contributing to Social Change and took the opportunity to launch this report in Australia.
The Kansas State University Engagement Symposium on April 7, 2014 was the site of the first launch of the new GUNi Report in USA. The 2014 Kansas State Engagement Symposium brought together national engagement voices to explore engagement from all vantage points of university work, including research, teaching, and outreach/Extension. Dr. April C. Mason, Provost and Senior Vice President, and Dr. David E. Procter, Director of the Center for Engagement and Community Development, welcomed attendees to Kansas State University (K-State).