Presentation of the 6th Higher Education in the World Report. 10th March in Barcelona!


Under the title 'Towards a social responsible university: balancing the global with the local', the 6th edition of the HEIW report focuses on the social compromise of universities at a local and global scale.

The Global University Network for Innovation will present on the 10th March in Barcelona the 6th Higher  Education in the World (HEIW) Report, entitled ‘Towards a Socially Responsible University: Balancing the Global with the Local’. The presentation will be hosted in Barcelona (Venue: La Pedrera. c/ Provença, 261-265 / map)

The presentation will involve the President of GUNi and ACUP, Mr. Jaume Casals, the Secretary for Universities and Research of the Generalitat, Mr. Arcadi Navarro, the Commissioner for Education and Universities of Barcelona, Mr. Miquel Àngel Essomba, the academic director of the 6th HEIW Report, Prof. F. Xavier Grau, and the member of the Editorial Team, Prof. John Goddard and Prof. Budd Hall.

Free entrance. Limited places.

Please confirm attendance filling out the registration form.

A copy of the 6th World Report will be given to each attendee.


The 6th HEIW Report deals with the dual responsibilities of universities at local and global scale, exploring the potential conflict, or intrinsic difficulties, in addressing both local demands of society based on the race for global competitiveness and local and global demands to contribute to a more equitable and sustainable society, at local and global scales. The report will be available in an online fully open-access version in this website.

86 experts from 28 countries have contributed to a dissection of the topic and the identification of good practices that can help academic leaders and policy-makers to realize the highest purposes of education and research.

Universities have always been key institutions for social development. Today, in the context of an increasingly knowledge-based society and economy,  their  role  is  strengthened  and  extended: universities have become critical to the social, economic,  cultural and technological  development of societies. At the same time, they have become key institutions that can meet the global challenges facing humanity and the planet, which are described in the UN Sustainable Develop-ment Goals 2030. Through their main missions (training, scientific research, knowledge transfer and social commitment), universities at the start of the twenty-first century are dedicated to building more prosperous, fair societies with a greater emphasis on responsible, critical knowledge. It is from this perspective that GUNi shall continue to act, forming partnerships worldwide to promote reflection on higher education and the advancement of societies in a global context.



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

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya