The 6th GUNi report, launched at the Community Engagement Conference in South Africa


The 6th GUNi report was presented during the Community Engagement Conference by the hand of Prof. Rajesh Tandon, member of the Editorial Team. The Conference was co-hosted by Durban University of Technology and Rhodes University in Durban, South Africa.


The Durban University of Technology, in association with the Rhodes University, hosted the Conference 'Community Engagement: Towards Social & Epistemic Justice’ from May 31- June 2, 2017. The purpose of this conference was to raise the debate and engender further critical inquiry on the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings and conceptual perspectives of community engagement and how they progress social and epistemic justice in contemporary South Africa and globally.

Dr Rajesh Tandon, Founder-President PRIA, Co-Chair at the UNESCO Chair and member of the Editorial Team of the 6th GUNi Report, delivered a public lecture on 'Universities & Civil Society: Partnerships of Respect’ on May 30th, 2017. He emphasized on the importance of mutually beneficial relationship between the institutions, as being crucial for the development of ‘new knowledge’ required to address contemporary societal challenges. Dr Tandon also launched the 6th GUNi Higher Education in the World Report at the Durban University of Technology on the eve of the Community Engagement Conference. Titled, ‘Towards a socially responsible university: Balancing the global with the local’, the report underlines the contributions of HEIs towards achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for fulfilling their social responsibilities. The UNESCO Co-Chairs, Dr Hall & Dr Tandon served in the editorial team of the report.



  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

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  • Generalitat de Catalunya