Launch of the 7th Higher Education in the World Report HEIW7

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CaixaForum Barcelona (Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8, 08038 Barcelona)

There is a growing concern on the future of the humanities in the higher education system and in our societies at large. We are witnessing very deep changes and transformations in our societies such as environmental, scientific and technological transformations and cultural aspects of a global world. These transformations pose huge challenges that need to be addressed, and higher education has a key role to play in addressing them. Diagnosis, debate and proposal of actions on these issues is necessary if we want to be able to face current and future changes in a democratic and sustainable way.

In relation to this topic, GUNi held the International Conference on Humanities an Higher Education, which counted on the participation of over 160 attendees from 22 countries around the world. The Conference was conceived as an integral part of the process of elaboration of the 7th GUNi Higher Education in the World Report, which will be launched on the 28th November 2019 in Barcelona. The Report has counted on the support of the following local and international advisory committees.

Free entrance. Limited places. Registration here.

Higher Education in the World (HEIW) is a collective work published as part of the GUNi Series on the Social Commitment of Universities. It is the result of a global and regional analysis of higher education in the world. With a specific subject chosen for each edition, the Report reflects on the key issues and challenges facing higher education and its institutions in the 21st century. More than 380 internationally renewed authors from 67 countries have contributed in the GUNi Reports. 19.000 copies have been distributed in 130 countries.


10:30h - Welcome words​
Joan Elías - GUNi and ACUP President
Àngel Font - Corporate Director of Research & Strategy, "La Caixa"
Francesc Pedró - Director of IESALC-UNESCO

10:50h - Keynote "How to Humanize Humans in an Inhuman Age?"
Rob Riemen - Writer and Founder of the Nexus Institute

11:40h - Presentation of the HEIW7 Report
Josep M. Vilalta - GUNi Director and ACUP Executive Secretary

12:20h - Debate with the Editorial Team
Marina Garcés - Prof. of Philosophy at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
David Bueno - Prof. of Biology at Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
Josep Casanovas - Prof. of Simulation at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech (UPC) 

13:30h - Closing remarks
Francesc Xavier Grau, Secretary of Universities and Research, Government of Catalonia
José Manuel Pingarrón (TBC), Secretary General for Universities, Spanish Government
Joan Subirats (TBC) - Sixth Deputy Major at the Area of Culture, Education and Science, Barcelona City Council

13:45h - Refreshment

At the end of the presentation, a glass of cava will be offered and a copy of the reduced version of the Report will be given to each attendee.