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  The Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI) (510), established in 1999 at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain)

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Higher education.

  • To foster cooperation and exchange between the different UNESCO Chairs in Higher Education in different regions of the world, bearing particularly in mind Article 26.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  • To contribute to efforts to promote the implementation of the Declaration and Framework for Priority Action approved by Member States and other participants in the World Conference on Higher Education with a view to strengthening local, national and regional development, and to reducing the increasing gap between industrialized and developing countries in the field of higher education and research.

  • To act as the UNESCO/UNU Forum proposed in paragraph 6.1 of the Framework for Priority Action of the WCHE in cooperation with institutions from all regions, in order to insure a global view of problems and of the possible solutions, thus confirming that higher education constitutes as essential means of development in the knowledge-based society.

  • To contribute to the reform and renewal of policies; to stimulate academic efforts to develop higher education in the world (involving in particular the reinforcement of research on higher education, progress towards the attainment of key objectives such as access, equity, quality, relevance and diversity and the transfer of knowledge and technology in different forms, such as provision of services, teacher training, seminars, conferences etc.).

  • To contribute to the search for resources and to stimulate factors for progress for countries or universities located in regions which have difficulty in developing their higher education capacities.

  • To contribute to cooperation between higher education governing bodies, institutions, research centres, the world of work and any other institutions concerned with this sector.

  • To assess the programme proposed and results accomplished.

  • To cooperate with the WCHE International Follow-up Committee established by UNESCO which includes the representatives of the UNU, as well as of UNESCO Member States, of inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.

  • To undertake any other business compatible with the objectives and purpose of GUNI.

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GUNI's Newsletter

Publications: two new good practices from South Africa and Argentina.
University of the Western Cape. Setting Up an Opencourseware Project (South Africa), and the Institutional Model of the National University of General Sarmiento and its Links with the Environment through the Conurbation Institute (Argentina) are two new good practices published at the Observatory. >> More

University Cooperation. GUNI Newsletter (June 2006).
Today in university cooperation, or rather in university collaboration, market mechanics are gaining in importance and in fact nowadays university cooperation for development ends coexists with collaboration motivated by market mechanisms. >> More

GUNI Newsletter
1st International Barcelona conference on Higher Education, The Social Commitment of Universities - More

GUNI Newsletter, Issue 5, February 2005
Topic of the month: Universities and Human Rights - More

Documents GUNI's Newsletter, 15 February 2007. Looking back at 2006: GUNI takes stock.
For GUNI, 2006 was clearly the year of accreditation. At the head of the year’s agenda was the presentation of the second Report on Higher Education in the World and the Third International Barcelona Conference, entitled Accreditation for Quality Assurance.
Documents GUNI Newsletter, Issue 17, December 2006


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