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The Talloires Network Leaders Conference (TLNC): “Live Engagement, Transform Lives” took place in Cape Town, South Africa from the 2 to 4 December 2014
The TNLC gathered leaders of universities from around the world to chart the next stage of the global movement of higher education, civic engagement and social responsibility. During this event the authors of the Sub-Saharan Africa presented the GUNi Report.
Rome Declaration on Responsible Research and Innovation
From 19 – 21 November last, in the framework of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the SIS-RRI – Sciences, Innovation and Society: Achieving Responsible Research and Innovation Conference was held in Rome. The main goal of this meeting was to debate the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).
Participants of a workshop in Makerere University discussed on the main ideas of the GUNi Report and concluded that African Universities need to regain Social Change status
The 5th GUNi Report was presented to rectors and vice-rectors of African Universities in a half-day workshop where participants proposed Community Based Research and Community University Engagement as the most viable strategies for African Universities to salvage their much coveted position as agents of social change in society.
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International Events
III Congreso Internacional de Investigación Educativa: Educación y Globalización
The congress is organized by the University of Costa Rica and the Institute of Research in Education (INIE) and will gather delegates from all the Latin American countries. Call for papers is open until August 30.
Where: Costa Rica,
When: Feb 03, 2015 to Feb 05, 2015)
Smart Specialization Strategy: New Approaches for Partnerships among Education, Research and Industry in Regions
The Conference is organized by The Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia
Where: Riga, Latvia,
When: Feb 12, 2015 to Feb 13, 2015)
Transforming Innovation Policy for Europe:Towards a New Theory
The Conference is organized by the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies/European University Institute
Where: San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy,
When: Feb 17, 2015 to Feb 18, 2015)
The social dimension in higher education
This Conference is co-organized by PL4SD and Eurostudent
Where: Vienna, Austria,
When: Feb 25, 2015 to Feb 27, 2015)
2nd European Technology Assessment Conference
The Conference is organized by the Parliaments and Civil Society in Technology Assessment (PACITA)
Where: Berlin, Germany,
When: Feb 25, 2015 to Feb 27, 2015)
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GUNi Regional Corners
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.

Roberto Fernández, GUNi and ACUP President
In this interview Roberto Fernández talks about the new stage of the network after ACUP assumed its secretariat and presidency on May 2014.
An agreement between GUNi and the University of Guadalajara (UDEG), Mexico, was signed on July 18 to stablish the regional office of GUNi-LAC at this University with the aim of reinforcing the network in this region.
The Global University Network for Innovation was created by UNESCO, the United Nations University (UNU) and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech (UPC) 15 years ago. In the last eight years the network has consolidated its activities, increased its international presence and become a well know reference in the analysis and dissemination of higher education (HE) emerging issues worldwide.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is now home of a unique research center in Europe set up by leading institutions in the fields of sustainability, health, education and culture. Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site hosts seven cutting-edge offices of international organizations that aim to develop joint initiatives geared to finding meaningful responses to the challenges of the 21st Century.
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Enric Fossas, new GUNi President after being elected President of ACUP
The rector of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech (UPC), Enric Fossas was elected President of the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) and is, therefore, the new GUNi President for 2015.
Agreement signed with the UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education
GUNi and the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education (UCCBR-SR), hosted by the University of Victoria, Canada, have agreed to establish a strategic partnership to foster future common activities and projects.
One hundred participants discussed the role of Higher Education in the Post-2015 Agenda
On 11 December, GUNi organized the seminar “The world beyond 2015: is higher education ready? The role of higher education institutions for the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda” at the Art Nouveau Site of Sant Pau. The seminar, related to the campaign “The world beyond 2015: is higher education ready?” was promoted by the Association of Commonwealth Universities with the collaboration and support of the City of Barcelona as well as the International Association of Universities.
GUNi Report global impact: 38 events in 25 countries
During 2014, 38 events were held in 25 countries to launch the GUNi Report. Among them, the regional presentation in the Arab States, held in Jordan, the regional presentation in Asia and the Pacific, held in South Korea, and presentations in India, Hong Kong, South Africa, Ghana, Australia, Mexico Argentina, Italy, Denmark, United Kingdom, Canada and Uganda should be highlighted.
The GUNi Report launched at the ASPBAE Festival of Learning
The ASPBAE Festival of Learning, was organized from 18-21 November 2014 at Yogyakarta, Indonesia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Asian South Pacific Bureau of Adult Education (ASPBAE).
Presentation of the 5th GUNi Report in Barcelona
The presentation of the report Higher Education in the World 5 Knowledge, Engagement and Higher Education contributing to social change took place on October 14 in Barcelona. The event, held in the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, where GUNi’s headquarters are located, gathered around 150 participants among university presidents and vice-presidents, politicians, academics, professionals of higher education, policy-makers and representatives of civil society.

Institutional Members News
The Social Observatory of West Region La Matanza National University, Argentina, trains local leaders for economic and social development
The Program for Training Local Development Agents (FADEL) created by the Social Observatory of West Region in La Matanza National University has the aim of training teachers, researchers, academics, students and local leaders in the management and implementation of public policies.
Course in Developing Community University Partnerships
The Community University Partnership Programme (Cupp) at the University of Brighton organizes a course in Developing Community University Partnerships from April 30 to September 15, 2015, adressed to those professionals that want to develop their skills in that field.
Jimma University, a pioneer in community-based education
Jimma University, in Ethiopia, maintains for five years its leading position in community based education.
Knowledge Consortium Social Technologies for Smart and Inclusive Society at Mykolas Romeris University
Mykolas Romeris University, from Vilnius, Lithuania, in collaboration with other progressive European and Asian universities, have launched the Knowledge Consortium Social Technologies for Smart and Inclusive Society (SOCTECH).
The UOC extends its e-learning model to the Middle East with a project in Jordan
The UOC, together with other European universities, will be leading a three-year project that has the support of the Jordanian government and institutions to develop quality standards in e-learning initiatives that will be applied in blended on-site and distance learning courses. The UOC hosted the kick-off meeting of the project from 10 to 12 March at Barcelona’s MediaTIC
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