Education has huge power to transform, but only 2% of humanitarian aid was assigned to educational projects. Education has huge power to transform. We are all agreed on this: academic experts, international organizations, governments, NGOs. Extending education in all its stages and aspects foments individual and collective progress and combating poverty; it promotes economic development, cultural vitality and quality of life; it enhances the political culture of societies and democracy. In this sense, what is the state of education in the world, especially in the developing countries?
Francesc Xavier Grau, the new Non-Executive Director of GUNi, shares his views about the need for engaged universities, both at regional and global level. The vision of a university as an "inescapable social force for good" makes engagement with the immediate needs of our local societies and engagement with the global challenges of the world, of our global society, compatible. This is the real challenge of many universities around the world that may be able to take on the responsibility of being a glocal university.
New GUNi regional office in Latin America and the Caribbean recently stablished in the University of Guadalajara, in Mexico.
An agreement between GUNi and the University of Guadalajara (UDEG), Mexico, was signed on July 18 to stablish the regional office of GUNi-LAC at this University with the aim of reinforcing the network in this region.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is now home of a unique research center in Europe set up by leading institutions in the fields of sustainability, health, education and culture. Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site hosts seven cutting-edge offices of international organizations that aim to develop joint initiatives geared to finding meaningful responses to the challenges of the 21st Century.
The Global University Network for Innovation was created by UNESCO, the United Nations University (UNU) and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech (UPC) 15 years ago. In the last eight years the network has consolidated its activities, increased its international presence and become a well know reference in the analysis and dissemination of higher education (HE) emerging issues worldwide.
See the updated list of the GUNi Report presentations worldwide: More than 30 events in 20 countries
Since its publication, the new GUNi World Report is being launched in more than 30 events scheduled in countries such us USA, Canada, India, Jordan (regional presentation in Arab States), Denmark, Argentina, United Kingdom, Italy, Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia and South Africa, among others.
The Agreement was signed in Seoul on March 25, during the celebration of the 1st International Forum on University Social Responsibility. The forum was organized by the Seoul National University’s Institute for Global Social Responsibility (SNU-IGSR) in partnership with UNESCO Bangkok, the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility and GUNi.
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.