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Topic 1. Access, equity and quality Topic 2. Curricular innovation Topic 3. Open up knowledge to society Topic 4. Higher Education role in addresing major global issues Topic 5. Transforming education for sustainability Topic 6. Social responsibility of higher education

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International Events
(ISSL 2015) Service-Learning As a Global Movement: Transforming Communities & Higher Education
The 6th International Symposium on Service-Learning is organized by the University of Indianapolis.
Where: Indiana, IL, USA,
When: May 28, 2015 to May 30, 2015)
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Conference of Rectors, Vice Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities (COREVIP): “The Internationalization of Higher Education in Africa”
The Conference is hold by the Association of African Universities (AAU) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education of Rwanda.
Where: Kigali, Rwanda,
When: Jun 02, 2015 to Jun 05, 2015)
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Territorial competitiveness and universities. The role of universities in regional strategies for smart specialization in Europe
This seminar will analyze the state of implementation of RIS3 strategies in several European regions and the role of universities. Exhibition will take place in the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site in Barcelona, 9-13h, on 3 June.
Where: Barcelona, Spain,
When: Jun 03, 2015 to Jun 03, 2015)
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2015 Annual Conference of the EU-SPRI Forum. Innovation policies for economic and social transitions: Developing strategies for knowledge, practice and institutions
Organized by the European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation (EU-SPRI). Call for Papers submission deadline 8th March.
Where: Helsinki, Finland,
When: Jun 10, 2015 to Jun 12, 2015)
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8th. World Environmental Education Congress. Planet and People: how can they develop together?
The conference is co-organized by Chalmes University, Göthenburg University and the WEEC Permanent Secretariat. The early bird registration ends on March May 31.
Where: Gothenburg, Sweden,
When: Jun 29, 2015 to Jul 02, 2015)
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Interviews
Jaume Pagès, Universia CEO
In this interview the Chief Executive Officer of Universia talks about the challenges of the Ibero-American universities, the Universia Declaration Rio 2014, the creation of an Ibero-American space of knowledge and the collaboration between Universia and GUNi.
Francesc Xavier Grau, the new Non-Executive Director of GUNi, shares his views about the need for engaged universities, both at regional and global level. The vision of a university as an "inescapable social force for good" makes engagement with the immediate needs of our local societies and engagement with the global challenges of the world, of our global society, compatible. This is the real challenge of many universities around the world that may be able to take on the responsibility of being a glocal university.
UN establishes a close cooperation with LERU
The League of European Research Universities (LERU) will work together with the United Nations (UN) in activities focused on global developments in the fields of research, innovation and education.
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Published the winners of the 2015 MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship
This award, organized by the MacJannet Foundation and the Talloires Network Secretariat, aims to recognize projects which are involved on community engagement in higher education and promote initiatives that contribute to the development of excellent global citizenship and civic engagement of universities.
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Deadline for submission of abstracts for PASCAL Conference 2015 extended until 1 June
The theme of this edition will focus on how cities and their regions are connected with universities and as it may impact on global challenges.
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Institutional Members News
The Open University of Catalonia (UOC) won the gold medal at the Learning Impact Awards
This award recognizes the UOC’s project Present@ as an initiative that contributes to innovative application of technology in support of a wide-reaching learning in higher education.
UNESCO Chair of Higher Education Management of the UPC – BarcelonaTech promotes two learning activities regarding the management of higher education
The Seminar DIES3 and the conference on “Transparency on Higher Education Institutions” focused on the need to improve knowledge at the direction of universities
UNU-IAS acknowledges Universiti Teknologi Malaysia - Iskandar Malaysia Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development
The recognition was announced during the “Iskandar Malaysia Sustainable & Low Carbon Schools Exhibition 2015” led by the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).
“Attributes of Successful Vice-Chancellors”, new initiative by GUNi-Africa
GUNi-Africa produces a new vídeo as part of the Series on Quality Assurance in Higher Education.
Strathmore University summarizes in a video the outreach programmes developed
The Community Service Center of Strathmore University has produced a video to sum up the programmes developed since 2012 with the aim of serving society through direct engagement by the students, staff and alumni.
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About our activity
See the updated programme of the seminar on Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialization in European Regions (RIS3)
GUNi, together with the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) and the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3Platform) of the European Commission organizes a seminar on “Regional competitiveness and universities. The role of universities in regional strategies for smart specialization in Europe”, next June 3 in Barcelona.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the tragic death of Dr. Martha Farrell
With deep grief and sorrow we share that Dr. Martha Farrell, Director of the Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) perished last May 13 victim of an armed attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. She was working in a training programme on Gender Issues with the aim to provide support to Afghan officials and NGO workers.
GUNi highlights the importance of measuring social innovation and the social impact of universities during the 6th IAU Global Meeting of Associations
The meeting took place en Montréal from 6 to May 8 under the topic “Social Innovation: challenges and perspectives for higher education” where participants were able to discuss the local and global impact regarding social innovation and its challenges.
GUNi participated in the Symposium organized by Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) at New Delhi
At the Symposium participants had the opportunity to discuss and reflect about participatory and community research through different projects and exchange of experiences.
“The ‘Glocality’ must be consistent: what we do in positive for the local demand can’t go against of what is done globally" Prof. Grau said
The Non-Executive Director of GUNi, Francesc Xavier Grau participated in the III Forum about Environment and Local World and highlighted the challenges of higher education as an important actor within our society.
GUNi Regional Corners
The Autonomous University of Yucatán designed a program for social responsibility aiming to connect knowledge with local and global needs.
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