The role of higher education for human and social development


The role of higher education institutions is today's world immense, complex and vital. A wide range of challenges and opportunities is emerging, with many political, economic and social implications. Perhaps most significant are the challenges associated with shifting perspectives of knowledge itself, which are strongly influencing the role and the responsibility of universities in society. Universities are well positioned to link the local and the global and this gives them considerable access to and influence over change process in  may societies. It may enhance their potential to contribute to human and social development through the promotion and facilitation of citizen participation and involvement in these processes.

  • Article
    Education has huge power to transform, but only 2% of humanitarian aid was assigned to educational projects. Education has huge power to transform. We are all agreed on this:...
  • Gwang-Jo Kim

    Gwang-Jo Kim, Director of UNESCO Bangkok, explains the challenges higher education is facing in the Asia-Pacific region and reflects upon the role of the regional UNESCO office in the enhancement of higher education in the region.

  • Article
    In this article, Axel Didriksson presents, from an analytical and programmatic perspective, the existing debate for a new agenda of transformation of higher education in Latin...
  • Interview

    In this interview, Daniel Mato presents the Project “Cultural Diversity, Interculturality and Higher Education" of the International Institute of UNESCO for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (IESALC), which analyzes the current demands and access conditions of Indigenous and...

  • Article
    In this article Jahir Calvo, of the Panama University of Technology, analyzes women’s access to higher education as a crucial component in the development process.
  • Prof. Carballo during the interview

    In this interview Cristina Carballo, from the Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, explains her vision of the university in Argentina and how the challenges of sustainability and cultural diversity have been addressed.

  • Article
    In this article Olga Sheremetova, currently a student in the Master programme Higher Education Research and Development at the University of Kassel, Germany, explains how the...
  • Claudio Naranjo

    In this article, Claudio Naranjo refers to the relevance of including a human approach to all levels of edcuation, from primary to higher education worldwide.



  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

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  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government