Higher Education in the World 8: 'Special Issue'

New Visions for Higher Education towards 2030

In light of the profound transformations that are taking place, globally but also with specific characteristics in different parts of the world, we must rethink the role of higher education and its contribution to society. It is in this context that the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi) aims to foster this necessary and timely discussion by publishing the 8th GUNi Report on Higher Education in the World. Entitled "New visions for higher education institutions towards 2030", the Report analyzes the state of higher education in the world and seeks to respond to the need to transform HEIs based on the experience accumulated by GUNi in the promotion of global and regional analyses and in the production of knowledge for institutional action and the formulation of public policies.

With contributions from more than 90 experts from around the world, the Report covers a wide range of topics: from the digital-human future to governance and public service, while addressing sustainability, work, and citizenship, among other aspects. As a distinctive feature, the Report focuses mainly on institutions and introduces regional perspectives with the aim of ensuring the applicability of the findings. The Report carries out a detailed analysis of the current situation in order to keep HEIs advancing successfully towards 2030 and beyond.

As a novelty, the 8th GUNi Report has been conceived as a living document that will evolve in the coming years. All materials have been published on a website that will be fed with new articles, interviews, videos, and podcasts: https://www.guni-call4action.org/

Higher Education in the World 8: 'Special Issue'
2022

Higher Education in the World (HEIW) is a collective project that has become a benchmark in the higher education sector after seven issues. This series of reports considers the key challenges facing higher education (HE) and its institutions worldwide. This time round, the current context of change calls for a special issue, and the new edition of the Report sets out a broader renewed vision looking towards 2030 and beyond. The special issue builds on GUNi’s accumulated experience fostering global and regional analyses and producing knowledge for institutional action and public policy-making.

Entitled “New Visions for Higher Education towards 2030”, this edition analyses the state of HE in the world and seeks to respond to the need for HEIs to transform themselves in the light of major global changes. With contributions from over 90 experts from all around the world, this report covers a wide range of topics: from the digital-human future to HEI governance and public service, while also addressing sustainability, labour and citizenship, among other aspects. As a distinctive feature, the report focuses primarily on institutions and introduces regional perspectives, with the aim of ensuring the applicability of the findings. It is hoped that they will be of interest to policymakers and other stakeholders. Along these lines, this report is conceived as a living document that will evolve over the coming years.

All materials are published on a webpage which will be fed with new articles, interviews, videos and podcasts. The report will be a platform for both transformational thinking and action in HEIs. Moving beyond words, the Report creates a space for active transformation and will constitute the stepping stone for a more ambitious project entitled “GUNi International Call for Action (2022-2025): Rethinking HEIs for Sustainable and Inclusive Societies”. GUNi’s overarching aim is to encourage HEIs around the world to deploy the actions and changes that are needed to adapt and become more relevant, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and socially responsible.

The Report has been published by the GUNi network with the support of UNESCO, Fundació "la Caixa", the Catalan Agency of Cooperation for Development, the Ministry of Universities of the Government of Spain, the Ministry of External Action and Open Government of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Department of Research and Universities of the Catalan Government.

Partners

  • 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