Higher Education in the World Report
The Report is a collective work published as part of the GUNi Series on the Social Commitment of Universities. It is the result of a global and regional analysis of higher education in the world. With a specific subject chosen for each edition, the Report reflects on the key issues and challenges facing higher education and its institutions in the 21st century. 150 authors from 48 countries have contributed to the three GUNi reports.
The Report is published:
The publications listed below are included in the collection:
Higher Education in the World 4
Higher Education’s Commitment to Sustainability: from Understanding to Action
The publication presents the current situation and its implications, analyzing the link between sustainability and higher education. It shows a map of how the regions are advancing with regard to the subject; complemented with trending topics, networks' experiences and good practices. The publication also includes a study to identify the main barriers that prevent the transformation of higher education institutions towards contributing to the sustainability paradigm, and highlights possible solutions. Furthermore, some visions for transformation are presented in a global framework, as pathways to advance from understanding to action.
Main features of ‘Higher Education in the World 4’:
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Higher Education at a Time of Transformation: New Dynamics for Social Responsibility was specially commissioned by UNESCO for the 2009 World Conference on Higher Education (WCHE). Taken from the GUNI Series on the Social Commitment of Universities, which explores key issues facing higher education in the twenty-first century, this publication is a synthesis of the three reports:
Including contributions from 70 authors from 34 countries, this publication showcases the key ideas from the global issues and the regional perspectives, as well as 24 good practices, making it an essential tool for all involved in higher education.
This publication analyzes the present and future challenges faced by higher education institutions in the context of globalization, providing a perspective on the financing of higher education, and on the accreditation mechanisms that are in place for assuring quality. It also examines the challenges and emerging roles of higher education in terms of its contribution to human and social development.
The publication also focuses on how higher education institutions (HEIs) could contribute to a systematic and proactive analysis to develop critical discourses with which societies can continually reflect on its evolution for a positive social transformation. It presents as well how HEIs could strength their role as agents of transformation, facing both local and global challenges, concluding that their vision and mission need to be re-oriented towards the creation and distribution of socially relevant knowledge and complex understanding of reality, strengthening their social responsibility contributing through knowledge, to a harmonious global development.
This Report analyses the latest knowledge, research, experiences and practices to rethink and propose new routes for the interchange of values between higher education institutions and society. This may be achieved through reconsidering the role that is assigned to higher education in terms of its contribution to human and social development in economic, political, social, human, environmental and cultural spheres.
The report includes papers written by 52 eminent scholars from around the world, including 14 global and regional contributions, 29 special contributions and 14 good practices. It also contains a Delphi poll of 214 higher education experts and practitioners giving their views on the subject, as well as supporting statistics, analytical maps and a detailed bibliography.
The 2007 report, Accreditation for Quality Assurance: What is at Stake?, includes papers from 48 eminent scholars from around the world discussing, from both global and regional perspectives, the issues associated with accreditation in higher education. Some of the principal issues dealt with are:
The report attempts to answer these questions based on a theoretical analysis and practical evidence. It also includes a Delphi poll of more than 100 key experts and practitioners giving their views on the subject, and contains supporting statistics, analytical maps and a detailed bibliography.
The 2006 Report contains articles by over forty renowned academics from all over the world, who analyze aspects related to the financing of higher education from both theoretical and regional perspectives.
Furthermore, it also includes a Delphi poll of more than 70 key experts and practitioners giving their views on the subject, and contains supporting statistics, analytical maps and a detailed bibliography.