GUNi hosts two Online Debates with experts from around the world to discuss the preliminary conceptualisation of the next GUNi Report. It will seek to provide a new vision for higher education institutions for the future


More than 20 years have passed since the creation of GUNi, but we believe our mission remains more important than ever: to strengthen the role of higher education in society and contribute to the renewal of the visions and policies of higher education across the world under a vision of public service, relevance, social responsibility and innovation.

GUNi hosts two Online Debates with experts from around the world to discuss the preliminary conceptualisation of the next GUNi Report, which will seek to provide a new vision for higher education institutions for the future

In light of the deep transformations that are taking place, with specific characteristics in different parts of the world, but still a global transformation of a global system with similar patterns, there is a need to rethink the role of higher education and its contribution to society. It is in this context that GUNi aims to encourage this necessary and timely discussion by elaborating and editing the next GUNi Report that will be presented in the framework of the 3rd UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education, that will take place in October 2021.

This Report is going to be developed in a participatory process with multiple experts, consultations, and direct participation of different stakeholders to feature a clear and comprehensive structure discussing the ways HEIs may reinvent themselves in the future. In this sense, GUNi hosted two Online Expert’s Debates on the next GUNi Report on the 5th and 6th November 2020, with relevant experts and authors in the field and beyond to debate the conceptual framework of the Report and its approach.

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List of experts of the Online Expert’s Debates:

Roberta Malee Bassett - Global Lead for Tertiary Education and Senior Education Specialist, World Bank
Axel Didriksson - President of GUNi for Latin America and the Caribbean; researcher and professor at the IISUE (UNAM)
Michael Gaebel - Director of the Higher Education Policy Unit of the European University Association (EUA)
Amr Ezzat Salama - Secretary-General of the Association Arab Universities (AArU)
Haifa Jamal-Al Lail - President of Effat University
Yue Kan – President of GUNi for Asia & the Pacific; Vice Dean of the School of Education of Zhejiang University
Marcelo Knobel - Rector of the University of Campinas (UNICAMP)
Goolam Mohamedbhai - Former Secretary General of the Association of African Universities (AAU) and former president of the International Association of Universities (IAU)
Ingrid Mulà - Executive Director of the Copernicus Alliance
Antonino Rotolo - Vice-Rector for Research of the University of Bologna
Monika Skadborg - Member of the Executive Committee of the European Students´ Union (ESU)
Rajesh Tandon - Co-Chair in Community-Based Research, UNESCO; founder of PRIA
Daniella Tilbury - Commissioner for Sustainable Development and Future Generations, Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar
Olga Troitschanskaia - Chair of Business and Economics Education at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Ferran Badia - Vicerector de Planificació, Innovació i Empresa, Universitat de Lleida (UdL)
Albert Barberà - Director del Centre eHealth, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Quim Brugué - Catedràtic de Ciència Política, Universitat de Girona (UdG)
Didac Ferrer - Cap de Gabinet d'Innovació i Comunitat de la Universitat, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
Mercè Gisbert – Catedràtica de Ciències de l'Educació, especialista TiC educació, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV)
Màrius Martínez - Vicerector de Relacions Internacionals i d‘Alumnat, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
Pastora Martínez - Vicerectora de Globalització i Cooperació, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Esther Martra - Directora de l’Àmbit de Desenvolupament Internacional de la Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
Màrius Rubiralta - PhD. en Química, ex-rector de la Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
John Style - Vicerector d’Internacionalització, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV)
Isabel Valverde - Vicerectora per a Projectes per a la Internacionalització, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

GUNi participants of the Online Expert’s Debates:

Josep M. Vilalta - Director, Global University Network for innovation (GUNi)
Núria Jové - Head of projects, Global University Network for innovation (GUNi)
Victòria Gómez - Project officer, Global University Network for innovation (GUNi)
Marta Cayetano - Comms officer, Global University Network for innovation (GUNi)
Núria Merino - Project officer, Global University Network for innovation (GUNi)
Pol Alberti - trainee, Global University Network for innovation (GUNi)
Joel Mainero - trainee, Global University Network for innovation (GUNi)


  • 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