Globlal University Network for Innovation (GUNi)

The Global University Network for Innovation is an International network created in 1999 within the framework of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme, by UNESCO, UNU and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) after UNESCO's World Conference on Higher Education (WCHE) in 1998 to give continuity to and facilitate the implementation of its main decisions.

The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) hosts its secretariat and presidence. GUNi is a network currently composed of 210 members from 78 countries, which includes the UNESCO Chairs in Higher Education, higher education institutions, research centres and networks related to innovation and the social commitment of higher education. GUNi has regional offices in Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Arab States, and Europe and North America (USA and Canada). Since its creation, GUNI’s mission has been to strengthen the role of higher education in society contributing to the renewal of the visions and policies of higher education across the world under a vision of public service, relevance and social responsibility.

GUNi works with three main objectives:

-To encourage Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to reorient their roles for broadening their social value and contribution and strengthen their critical stance within society.

-To help bridge the gap between developed and developing countries in the field of higher education, fostering capacity-building and cooperation North-South and South-South.

-To promote the exchange of resources, innovative ideas and experiences, while allowing for collective reflection and co-production of knowledge on higher education emerging issues, innovation, social responsibility and relevance in a global scale.


GUNi’s main activities in 2017 include the publication and presentation of the 6th Higher Education in the World Report: Balancing the Global with the Local and the organization of the Summer School in Higher Education which includes the International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals: Actors and Implementation to be held in Barcelona on the 18-19 of September, and the International Higher Education and Research Leadership course to be held in October in Barcelona.


More information can be found on GUNi’s website: or by subscribing to the newsletter or though Social Media channels (Twitter - Facebook - Vimeo -Linkedin).




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