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Higher Education in the World 4
Higher Education's Commitment to Sustainability: from Understanding to Action
 
 
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17 Nov 2011
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This fourth report, Higher Education's Commitment to Sustainability: From Understanding to Action, includes papers by 85 authors from 38 countries. The publication presents the current situation and its implication for higher education (HE), analyzing the link between sustainability and HE. It shows a map of how the regions are advancing with regard to the subject; complemented with trending topics, networks' experiences and good practices. The report offers different visions that contribute to the transformation of HE. The publication also includes a study to identify the main barriers that prevent the transformation of higher education institutions (HEIs) towards contributing to the sustainability paradigm, and highlight possible solutions in a global framework to advance from understanding to action.

HEIs can play a significant role in building a sustainable paradigm. They may help in facing local and global challenges, facilitating society to answer major global challenges. Their vision and action could be reinforced with a role review towards the creation and distribution of socially relevant knowledge in education and research and in the relationship with communities. They can support, and even anticipate, ways for action to play a proactive and committed role in rebuilt societies.

The final goal of this report is to stimulate debate among all those whose different links with the world of HE could contribute to enriching the discussion. We aim to stimulate serious and profound thought, which will open opportunities that should be jointly analyzed, discussed and hopefully used by academics, university leaders, policy makers, practitioners and members of civil society.

GUNI's mission is to strengthen the role of higher education in society, contributing to the renewal of the visions, missions and policies of higher education across the world under a vision of public service, relevance and social responsibility.


Description

This fourth report, Higher Education's Commitment to Sustainability: From Understanding to Action, includes papers by 85 authors from 38 countries. The publication presents the current situation and its implication for higher education (HE), analyzing the link between sustainability and HE. It shows a map of how the regions are advancing with regard to the subject; complemented with trending topics, networks' experiences and good practices. The report offers different visions that contribute to the transformation of HE. The publication also includes a study to identify the main barriers that prevent the transformation of higher education institutions (HEIs) towards contributing to the sustainability paradigm, and highlight possible solutions in a global framework to advance from understanding to action.

HEIs can play a significant role in building a sustainable paradigm. They may help in facing local and global challenges, facilitating society to answer major global challenges. Their vision and action could be reinforced with a role review towards the creation and distribution of socially relevant knowledge in education and research and in the relationship with communities. They can support, and even anticipate, ways for action to play a proactive and committed role in rebuilt societies.

The final goal of this report is to stimulate debate among all those whose different links with the world of HE could contribute to enriching the discussion. We aim to stimulate serious and profound thought, which will open opportunities that should be jointly analyzed, discussed and hopefully used by academics, university leaders, policy makers, practitioners and members of civil society.

GUNI's mission is to strengthen the role of higher education in society, contributing to the renewal of the visions, missions and policies of higher education across the world under a vision of public service, relevance and social responsibility.


Contents

INTRODUCTION
Foreword (GUNI)
Institutional Presentations
Higher Education gross enrolment ratios (GER) by country and human development index (GUNI)
PART I: THE CONTEXT
The World on the Edge
Sustainability in Higher Education: A Global Overview of Progress and Possibilities
PART II: REGIONAL PERSPECTIVES
Higher Education and Sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa
Inside Looking
Spotlight Issues
Network Experience
Higher Education and Sustainability in Arab States
Inside Looking
Spotlight Issues
Network Experience
Higher Education and Sustainability in Asia and Pacific
Inside Looking
Spotlight Issues
Network Experience
Higher Education and Sustainability in Europe
Inside Looking
Spotlight Issues
Network Experience
Higher Education and Sustainability in USA and Canada
Inside Looking
Spotlight Issues
Network Experience
Higher Education and Sustainability in Latin-America and the Caribbean
Inside Looking
Spotlight Issues
Network Experience
PART III: MOVING FROM UNDERSTANDING TO ACTION
GUNI Study: Breaking barriers for transformation
PART IV: VISIONS FOR TRANSFORMATION
Educating for Living with the Earth
Knowledge for a New Paradigm
Open up to Society: Building Sustainability Together
Learning for Change
Research and Teaching for Sustainable Livelihoods
Universities in Transition
PART V: STATISTICAL APPENDIX (GUNI)
PART VI: BIBLIOGRAPHY


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THE GLOBAL UNIVERSITY NETWORK FOR INNOVATION (GUNI) is composed of Higher Education UNESCO Chairs and other institutions that are highly committed to innovation in higher education. It was set up by UNESCO, the United Nations University (UNU) and the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) Spain, which hosts the secretariat. GUNI works for the application of the decisions taken at the World Conference on Higher Education (WCHE, Paris 1998). Its mission is to contribute to the reinforcement of higher education worldwide, by putting into practice the decisions adopted at the WCHE, specifically improving quality in teaching, promoting innovation in higher education and strengthening the social commitment of universities.