Global RCE Conference Nairobi 27 November 2013. Higher Education. Abel Atiti (UNU-IAS) Marlene Mader (RCE Graz-Styria) Pablo Fuentenebro (UNEP). Agenda. Brief summary of the pre-conference online discussion Input presentation about experiences of UNEP and GUPES by Pablo Fuentenebro
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27 November 2013
Abel Atiti (UNU-IAS)
Marlene Mader (RCE Graz-Styria)
Pablo Fuentenebro (UNEP)
Background and objectives
→These insights shall provide the basis for further research on framework conditions that can support the up-scaling of science-society co-operations, hence expanding the impact towards sustainable development and taking regional and cultural contexts into consideration.
Discussion about the role of African universities
Discussion about the role of African universities (by Kenya and other African RCEs)
Statement: ‘African universities are not playing a role in innovation and research.’
What would be needed?
Case how universities can address societal demands and engage with various regional stakeholders (by RCE Western Jalisco):
Case by RCE Northern Mindanao (Philippines):
Case about the Knowledge Based Area Development (by RCE Greater Dhaka):
We will focus on the role and possibilities of HE institutions within the RCE network and how they can enable the scalability of regional sustainability initiatives.
Objectives of the session:
→ how can RCEs support the transformation of HE
Discuss in small groups (ca. 3 people) an initiative or project your RCE or HE institution has undertaken in collaboration with community/society. Try to analyse the institutional impact of your initiative:
Please focus your elaborations on the characteristics of HE: research, education, management & administration, public policy
Analysis of the workshop contributions
→ Identify how HE institutions within the RCE network can enable the institutionalization of sustainability initiatives
→ Basis for further research on framework conditions that can support the scaling of co-operations between higher education and community