The Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi) was created in 1999 by UNESCO, the United Nations University (UNU) and the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), which hosts its secretariat and presidency. It was founded after UNESCO's World Conference on Higher Education of 1998 to give continuity to and facilitate the implementation of its main decisions.

The network, composed of nearly 150 members from over 60 countries, includes the UNESCO Chairs in Higher Education, higher education institutions, research centres and networks related to innovation and the social commitment of higher education. In each of the five world regions, GUNi has a regional office representing the network.

GUNi's mission is to contribute to the strengthening of higher education throughout the world, by reflecting upon and fostering innovation, social commitment, and quality in higher education and its institutions.

Therefore, GUNi aims to:

  • Help bridge the gap between developed and developing countries in the field of higher education.
  • Contribute to the reform and renewal of higher education policies across the world under a vision of public service, relevance and social commitment.
  • Foster cooperation between higher education institutions and society.
  • Promote the exchange of innovative ideas and experiences to facilitate higher education institutions' processes of change.

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