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Publication: "Higher Education at a Time Of Transformation. New Dynamics for Social Responsibility", Synthesis of the GUNI Higher Education in the World Report.

The new publication, a synthesis drawn from the three reports Higher Education in the World, from the series the Social Commitment of Universities, will be presented newt July in Paris on the occasion of the 2009 World Conference on Higher Education within the framework of a special GUNI session.

This publication is a synthesis of the three reports published so far by GUNI, which explores key issues facing higher education in the 21st century:

- Higher Education in the World 2006: The Financing of Universities
- Higher Education in the World 2007: Accreditation for Quality Assurance: What is at Stake?
- Higher Education in the World 3. Higher Education: New Challenges and Emerging Roles for Human and Social Development

The publication analyses the current and future challenges to be faced by higher education institutions (HEIs) in the context of globalization and offers a perspective on the financing of higher education and on existing accreditation mechanisms to guarantee quality. It also examines emerging challenges and roles of higher education in relation to its contribution to human and social development.

The synthesis includes the contributions from 70 authors from 34 countries, highlights the main ideas of the global papers and the regional perspectives published in each report and includes 24 good practices, which constitute a main tool for the higher education community.

The summary of the global questions is a result of the selection of the principles ideas of each of the articles included in the original publication. That is why the main ideas are presented with the words of each author through a selection of the main issues of his/her arguments and conclusions.

Higher education, which is facing the challenge to create and distribute socially relevant knowledge and to do it with anticipation so as to play a proactive and committed role in the transformation and positive change of societies. In this sense, the publication includes an introductory piece, which, departing from a brief reference to today’s state of the world, analyzes the principal characteristics that have shaped the systems of education in the world in the last decade, states the current challenges of higher education in the world and proposes concrete measures to orientate the role and the missions of HEIs to strengthen their role as agents of social change in the globalized world.

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