1st. International Forum on University Global Social Responsibility: Different Meanings of Social Responsibility


The Forum is organized by the Institute for Global Social Responsibility at the Seul National University, UNESCO Bangkok, the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsability and GUNi. It will be held in Seul on March 24-25. 

Higher Education of the 21st Century has been faced with various shifts in political, economic, social and environmental landscape. Among these salient shifts is the rise of the knowledge society which emphasizes the university’s relationship with the society. With the recognition of an interrelated and interconnected world, universities are now challenged to be globally-competitive at the same time, being challenged to reinvent itself in being socially relevant and responsible by addressing the needs of the greater society. These changes call for a development of global competence among universities and its stakeholders whether in teaching and learning, research and outreach. As globalization pervasively influences the role of universities in a knowledge-based society, universities are challenged to carry a wider perspective - agendas do not merely concern the individual university’s interest, but contextualize its direction within the collective efforts in addressing the global challenges with a global perspective. Among these emerging global perspectives are the rise of the global mandates such as the UN MDGs and the recent initiative such as the UN Academic Impact, calling for universities to respond collectively to global issues and create a new culture of intellectual social responsibility.

The 1st International Forum on University Global Social Responsibility under the theme, “Universities in Action: Emerging Perspectives in Global Social Responsibility” is organized by the Seoul National University’s Institute for Global Social Responsibility (SNU-IGSR), UNESCO Bangkok, the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Reponsibility and GUNi. This forum will cover the current status and practices of University Social Responsibility as well as explore its issues, opportunities and future directions.

The forum will also serve as a platform to launch the report Higher Education in the World 5 Knowledge Engagement and Higher Education: Contributing to social change, published this February by GUNi.

The second day of the forum will be dedicated for the GUNI Asia-Pacific Network meeting in order to share best practices on university social responsibility and discuss possible research cooperation.

The objectives of the forum are:

Ÿ   To reinforce the Asia-Pacific University Network for Social Responsibility
Ÿ   To share innovative approaches and practices of university social responsibility
Ÿ   To identify potential joint research activities
Ÿ   To launch the GUNi Higher Education in the World Series5
Ÿ   To establish Seoul Declaration on University Social Responsibility


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

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government