Universities and Social Commitment Observatory


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  • GUNI's mission is to contribute to the strengthening of higher education’s role in society through the reform and innovation of higher education policies under a vision of public service, relevance and social responsibility.
  • From the LOCAL UNIversity to GLOCAL MULTIVERSITY FROM the Ivory Tower – government – industry (TRIPLE HELIX) TO QUADRUPLE HELIX
  • It was started in 2003 by three economists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology . … ONE OF… In June 2008, J-PAL launched the APEIE in Abuja, with the objective of improving the ability of countries in the region to meet the Millennium Development Goals in education .
  • Rethinking of the curriculum towards a holistic vision of reality. Introducing complexity, uncertainty and transdisciplinarity
  • 1st - MOST OF THE … 3th - In relation to science and research, universities have responded to changing perceptions of them as social institutions, and of their shaping functions in society . 4 th - “To meet the challenges head on, universities will need to develop a fuller, more historically informed sense of their own institutional missions, not only as incubators for the production of new scientific knowledge and technological know-how, but also as sites of capacity-building for social analysis, critical reflection and, not least, democratic citizenship ” (Jasanoff, 2008). 5st – THE POLITICAL …
  • Others: Talloires Network, GUNI, etc.
  • Universities and Social Commitment Observatory

    1. 1. GLOBAL UNIVERSITY NETWORK FOR INNOVATION Created by: Sponsored by:
    2. 2. Origins and Mission GUNI was created in 1999 by UNESCO , the United Nations University and the Technical University of Catalonia .
    3. 3. Higher education and social engagement: An open glocal multiversity .
    4. 4. Research linked to the local needs and to the global development agenda .
    5. 5. Integration of knowledge from different sources .
    6. 6. Proactive engagement with public commitment. Opening to society .
    7. 7. Going beyond professionals: Educating citizens
    8. 8. <ul><li>Placing socially relevant knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>in a transversal way in teaching, research and institutional action and in the motor of sustainable development for the society as a whole. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher education can play two roles: it can provide graduates with the attitudes, knowledge and abilities required to undertake this process; it can develop and provide knowledge that contributes to research and practice into sustainability. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Science and Research for Sustainable Development .
    10. 10. From competition to cooperation. Networking for glocality  
    11. 11. HEIs have made some real positive strides in the area of civic engagement partnerships and in many cases are an example of a good practice. However, HEIs need to develop an integrated institutional policy framework for human and social development; integrating the values of social responsibility transversally into their institutions as well as with a transdisciplinary and networking approach. Changes in these and other areas need to be taken into account in working out long-term strategies. Moreover, further research is urgently required now to promote and scale up good practice that could place Civic Engagement in a transversal way in teaching, research and institutional action in the motor of human and social development. .
    12. 12. Thank you. Please, send us your experience: Universities and Social Commitment Observatory Sònia Mascarell Coordinator [email_address] http://www.guninetwork.org