World Higher Education Week UNESCO launched in Barcelona


The World Higher Education Week that will will take place from 16 to 20 May in Barcelona, has been launched formally this Friday.

Barcelona, 13 May 2022 - This morning, at a press conference held in the Pau Gil Hall of the Art Nouveau Site of San Pablo, the World Higher Education Week 2022, to be held from 16 to 20 May in Barcelona, was kicked off.

This week has been timed to coincide with the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education (WHEC2022), making Barcelona, for one week, the World Capital of Higher Education. The Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi), chaired and coordinated by the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP), has promoted the World Higher Education Week 2022, opening the doors to institutions and universities that have organised activities to discuss the future of higher education and university policy.

The event was attended by the institutions involved (*), represented by the following personalities

  • José Manuel Pingarrón, Secretary General for Universities at the Ministry of Universities
  • Victoria Alsina, Minister for External Action and Open Government of the Government of Catalonia
  • Jordi Martí, Deputy Mayor for Culture, Education, Science and Community of the Barcelona City Council
  • Jaume Puy, President of the ACUP-GUNi and Rector of the University of Lleida
  • Josep M. Vilalta, Executive Secretary of the ACUP and Director of GUNi

Mr. Peter Wells, Head of the Division of Higher Education of UNESCO, also intervened, presenting the World Conference on Higher Education.



  • Panel


  • 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