IV.4 Knowledge, engagement and higher education in Asia and the Pacific


The role of higher education institutions (HEIs) has historically been recognized as a public good, with unique social responsibilities in producing knowledge for societal development and sustainability. In Asia, a region with so much disparity between rich and poor, between rural and urban, and with such diversities in religion, language and culture, inequality, poverty, insecurity, social exclusion and impropriety, the re-emphasis of principles of community engagement and participation should become the priority agenda for existing education.

Carol Hok Ka Ma and Rajesh Tandon
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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