GUNi Talks

  • The third report `Higher Education in the World´ is about to be presented at the 4th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education, which starts on 31 March. Cristina Escrigas, GUNI’s Executive Director, talks about its contents and main ideas.
  • Wei Yang reflected on the main challenges facing China’s higher education system and institutions in the twenty-first century and the way they are trying to develop a harmonic approach to development. He stressed the importance of quality assurance due to the rapid growth of the Chinese educational...
  • Elaine El-Khawas talked to GUNI about the differences between the accreditation and quality assurance systems in the US, Canada and the rest of the world. She also talked about the future changes in the US quality assurance system.
  • Manon Vaal has been promoting the growth of science shops both in the Netherlands and abroad. She talked about the role of science shops as intermediate organizations between society and science. Ms. Vaal also talked about the evolution that science shops have experienced since their appearance 30...
  • Marco Antonio Rodrigues Dias presented the paper entitled 'The Institutional and Political Challenges of Accreditation in the International Sphere' at the Third International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education, 'Accreditation for Quality Assurance: What Is at Stake?'.
  • Chief of the Section for Reform, Innovation and Quality Assurance, in the Higher Education Division at UNESCO’s Headquarters, in Paris
  • Executive director of the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education. Mala Singh talked about the present and the future of higher education in Africa, which she thinks can help overcome ethnic conflicts by strengthening a common African identity
  • Jamil Salmi presented the paper League Tables as Policy Instruments: The Political Economy of Accountability in Tertiary Education (co-written with Alenoush Saroyan, a lecturer from the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada) at the Third...
  • Secretary-General and Executive Director of the International Association of Universities (IAU). Eva Egron-Polak talked about IAU’s role in the current higher education area and the main challenges facing higher education institutions. Diversity and inclusiveness, local relevance, quality of...
  • Peter Okebukola suggested the creation of an African higher education area based on the European model and talked about the conditions needed to prevent brain drain. He also presented the paper "Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa" at the Third...
  • The Director of UNESCO´s Higher Education Division, Georges Haddad, was at the Opening Session table of the 3rd International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education `Accreditation for Quality Assurance: What is at Stake?´ held in November 2006.
  • Hans van Ginkel presented the paper Institutional and Political Challenges of Accreditation at the International Level, with his advisor Marco Antonio Rodrigues Dias, at the 3rd International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education `Accreditation for Quality Assurance: What is at Stake?´ held in...
  • President of the Evaluation and Accreditation Corporation at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Sudan.
  • Professor José Dias Sobrinho, an expert in Higher Education in Latin America, is the author of the article “Accreditation of Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean”. This paper will be published in the next GUNI report Higher Education in the World 2007, presented at the 3rd...
  • Professor Jacques Hallak, expert in Higher Education, is the author together with Mrs. Muriel Poisson of the article Academic Fraud, Accreditation and Quality Assurance: Learning from the Past and Challenges from the Future. This article will be published in the GUNI report Higher Education in the...
  • Juan Ramón de la Fuente reflects on the role of higher education institutions and associations in social construction. He believes that universities must look to form partnerships with organizations working in their areas of influence to support initiatives aimed at social construction.
  • Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Higher Education in Africa and Director of the International Network for Higher Education in Africa.
  • Adjunct professor at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
  • Professor of Higher and Comparative Education at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
  • Professor & Head. Educational Finance Department, National University of Educational Planning and Administration. New Delhi, India. Professor Jandhyala B. G. Tilak share with us some ideas and reflections about private and public higher education models.



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  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

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  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government