Summary Report - GUNi 2018 International Conference Humanities and Higher Education: Generating Synergies between Science, Technology and Humanities


The 2018 GUNi International Conference was convened in Barcelona for November 19-20 by the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi). The event bought together over 160 attendees from 22 different countries for two days of workshops, keynotes and panel discussions on the topic of Humanities and Higher Education: Generating Synergies between Science, Technology and Humanities. The Conference was held at the CosmoCaixa Science Museum. During the event, participants and speakers debated the role and future of humanities and the much-needed interrelations and dialogues between science, technology and humanities in light of current trends and global issues. Stakeholders from around the world gathered in Barcelona to exchange knowledge, ideas, experiences and expectations about the current challenges that societies and higher education institutions are facing and how we should tackle those challenges from a transversal perspective. With this Conference, GUNi aimed to explore what is currently happening in and between  different institutions in terms of successful experiences and innovations in integrating science, technology and humanities, and to open a worldwide debate on the role humanities should play in higher education institutions to offer a pertinent response to the challenges faced by the world in the 21st century. The organizers would like to thank all those who attended and contributed to the Conference. We look forward to continuing our partnerships and working together to strengthen higher education around the world.

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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