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 …
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Universities and Social Commitment Observatory
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Origins and Mission GUNI was created in 1999 by UNESCO , the United Nations University and the Technical University of Catalonia .
Higher education and social engagement: An open glocal multiversity .
Research linked to the local needs and to the global development agenda .
Integration of knowledge from different sources .
Proactive engagement with public commitment. Opening to society .
<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>
Science and Research for Sustainable Development .
From competition to cooperation. Networking for glocality
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. .
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