GUNi is pleased to present: Higher Education in the World Report 5: Knowledge, Engagement and Higher Education: Contributing to Social Change, that has been published this week by Palgrave MacMillan. 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. Edited by GUNi, Budd Hall (Canada) and Rajesh Tandon (India) have been the guest editors. Seventy three authors from all the world regions have contributed to this edition.
Higher education institutions (HEIs) are active players in contributing to social change and the creation of another possible world. HEIs are active players as well in spreading current paradigms, perceptions of reality and beliefs. HEI’s educate the future generation of citizens that meanwhile will carry their professional activity they will at the same time deal with human problems. The shadow of pressing global issues could be seen in every single decision we made every day.
The 6th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education (HE), "Let's build transformative knowledge to drive social change", held in Barcelona from 13th to 15th May 2013, gathered more than 325 participants from about 60 countries. In this article we present the main outcomes of the Conference.
The event took place last 6-7 March, 2013, with the objective to develop a collaborative debate on the regional articles for the upcoming GUNi report. The Seminar followed the events of the public launch of the UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research at UVic
In this article, Axel Didriksson presents, from an analytical and programmatic perspective, the existing debate for a new agenda of transformation of higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean by analyzing its main features and components.
The 6th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education suggests discussing together around the most relevant, significant and inspiring issues for the advancement in the field of community-university engagement. Our proposal is to offer plenary, parallel sessions and workshops where to create new reflections, thoughts and visions on the field. Sessions will have together people that can bring theoretical reflections and examples of diverse good practices and initiatives, and there will be diversity of methodologies and approaches to enable participation and creativity to flourish.
NEW! GUNi is now launching a Call for Posters a propos of its 6th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education. The deadline for submissions is March 15th.
In this article, François Vallaeys, a philosopher specialising in university social responsibility and adviser to the Regional Observatory on Social Responsibility in Latin America and the Caribbean (ORSALC-UNESCO), reflects on the concept of social responsibility and its application in the university context.
GUNi invites you to participate in a research project on community-university engagement by completing an online survey questionnaire. The conclusions of the research will be published in the next GUNi Report, “Higher Education in the world 5”.
The 6th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education: “Let’s build transformative knowledge to drive social change”, organized by the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi), will take place on 12-15, May 2013.
Higher Education in the World 4, Higher Education’s Commitment to Sustainability: from Understanding to Action
This article describes the content and implications of the latest GUNi Report, which aims to stimulate serious and profound thought, opening opportunities that should be jointly analyzed, discussed and hopefully used by academics, university leaders, policymakers and members of civil society and the business community.
In this article, Valentin Tappeser from Maastricht University presents the Maastricht University Green Office, a student-led department that develops sustainability projects by students, staff and faculty, as a successful example of how empowering students can be a productive and major stride to help shape and transform universities in their voyage towards sustainability and innovation.
In this article Orlando Sáenz and Javier Benayas from University of Applied and Environmental Sciences, Colombia and the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain respectively, present a condensed version of the regional article on Latin America and The Caribbean included in the GUNi Report Higher Education in the World 4.
In this article Ko Nomura and Osamu Abe, from Nagoya University and Rikkyo University, Japan, present a condensed version of the regional article on Asia and the Pacific included in the GUNi Report Higher Education in the World 4.
The Big Tent Group invites the academy community to the third global dialogue to discuss how universities and communities can work together to make the transition to a sustainable world.
In this article Jahir Calvo, of the Panama University of Technology, analyzes women’s access to higher education as a crucial component in the development process.
Higher Education’s Commitment to Sustainability: from Understanding to Action. Canada and USA Regional Report
In this article Tarah Wright from Dalhousie University in Canada presents a condensed version of the regional report on Canada and USA included in the GUNi Report Higher Education in the World 4.
On October 17, the ‘Big Tent’ group of regional and global community engagement networks held their second global video dialogue. The PASCAL International Observatory at the University of Glasgow hosted the event with Rajesh Tandon, GACER Chair and PRIA President and Michael Osborne, PASCAL Director and Professor of Adult Education sharing the hosting roles.
In this article Olga Sheremetova, currently a student in the Master programme Higher Education Research and Development at the University of Kassel, Germany, explains how the Russian Federation is working on the Millennium Development Goals’ implementation.
In this article the author explores the evolution of tertiary educational institutions in three South American states, including non-university options along with their systemic differences and similarities and their contributions to higher education in the region.