One hundred participants discussed the role of Higher Education in the Post-2015 Agenda
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.
Around a hundred representatives from higher education institutions, civil society, public administration and industry assembled to discuss what universities can do to actively contribute to the global development agenda. The participants of the seminar analised the current situation in the Catalan universities highlighting the vital role that higher education institutions have in the implementation of the development objectives and critical analysis, as well as the establishment of systems for measuring the impact on the implementation of these objectives.
The speakers and participants are convinced that universities play a key role (and still will be higher in the coming years) on sustainable development and post-2015 targets. During the seminar specific projects and experiences that allow to activate the role of universities in the development of post-2015 targets in their various fields (education, scientific research, innovation and development) were also analysed.