UN establishes a close cooperation with LERU


The League of European Research Universities (LERU) will work together with the United Nations (UN) in activities focused on global developments in the fields of research, innovation and education.

During the 28th Rector’s Assembly held on 15 May 16 in Geneva, LERU and the UN gathered together in a collaborative framework fostering joint activities regarding research, innovation and education. This partnership reinforces the LERU role as an international actor that conveys values of high-quality teaching within higher education.

The UN and LERU agreed two main initiatives in order to highlight the importance of the universities in the global context. First, they signed up the UN Academic Impact Principles (UNAI) in order to “generate a global movement of minds to promote a new culture of intellectual, social responsibility”. Secondly, LERU has applied for a special consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) which will enable LERU to participate actively influencing the work of the UN Council trough the promotion of its views, stressing the importance of fundamental research worldwide.

The LERU Secretary-General, Prof. Kurt Deketelaere said that this collaboration it’s an important and logic step to their association and that “the voice, expertise and input of research-intensive universities is of unprecedented value in tackling the current complex global societal problems, which are the UN's core business.”

The 28th Rector’s Assembly also had the participation of Mr. José Manuel Durao Barroso, former President of the European Commission (2004 -2014) which emphasized the challenges and opportunities regarding European research-intensive universities in research, education and innovation policies.

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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