UNESCO Chair Newsletter April 2022 Earth Week

The 6th conversation of the UNESCO higher education conversation series 'data and knowledge production' on 5 April 2022

The UNESCO higher education conversation series brings together policy makers and higher education stakeholders to discuss the future of higher education in the lead-up to the 3rd World Higher Education Conference (18 – 20 May 2022) and to support the implementation of the Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education.
This sixth event in the series will focus on the importance of data and knowledge production in ensuring inclusive, quality higher education for all.
The conversation will be held on Tuesday, 5 April 2022, at 14:00 – 15:00 CET / 08:00 – 09:00 EDT on Zoom. Find the details and register for the event. Join the discussion!

York University presents first Sustainable Development Goals Virtual Teach-in event

In advance of the 10th annual Teaching in Focus Conference, the York University SDGs-in-the-Classroom Community of Practice will host its 1st SDG Virtual Teach-in Event, on Tuesday, 10 May 2022, 10:00 – 4:00 EDT. titled Teaching the Sustainable Development Goals: The World’s Challenges Can Be Found in Your Classroom.
The event is open to those beginning to explore how the 17 SDGs might intersect with the subjects in their classrooms or those who have deep research and teaching familiarity with these goals. The half-day teach-in will include panel discussions, interactive sessions, and experiential learning about teaching the SDGs. Together, organizers and participants will share approaches to working with the SDGs as a learning framework, discover strategies for engaging students with SDG-focused lessons, and share experiences as teachers and learners in the SDG classroom. Registration for the event is now open!

Have your say in a global survey: digital transformation of higher education

The International Association of Universities (IAU) and a research group of Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) invite you to contribute to a global survey on the state of digital transformation in higher education institutions (HEIs) administrative services. The survey touches on services found in most institutions worldwide. These range from student services to facility management to administrative support for teaching, learning and research. Specific examples are student admission and enrollment, work placement and internship services, student mobility and international exchange programmes, finance, and communication management. Find out more.

Join the April sessions of the IAU webinar series on the future of higher education

The well-known IAU webinar series on the futures of higher education continues with the next sessions taking place on 5 April 2022 and 12 April 2022. Join the International Association of Universities (IAU) and their partners for the following webinars tackling the big questions in higher education today and for the future:

IAU-Qatar University: The Importance of International Cooperation in Higher Education
Tuesday, 5 April 2022 | 12:30 – 14:00 UTC / 8:30 – 10:00 EDT

What Future for Higher Education Learning in a Post-pandemic World?
Tuesday, 12 April 2022 | 15:00 – 16:30 UTC / 11:00 – 12:30 EDT

UNESCO-UNFCCC webinar series: climate change education and social transformation

We are in ‘a battle for our lives’, as we struggle to transform our societies to reach the 1.5-degree path recommended by the Paris Agreement. The time to learn and act for our planet is now!

Tune into the first season of UNESCO-UNFCCC’s joint webinar series On the Road to COP27, dedicated to the goal of greening every education policy and curriculum to be climate ready. Taking place on the last Tuesday of every month, each episode will explore the critical role of climate change education, and how to harness its transformative power, in leading up to COP27.
The first webinar focuses on Why Climate Change Education for Social Transformation? and takes place on Tuesday, 26 April 2022, 10:00 GMT+2 / 4:00 EDT. Express your interest to participate in the webinar series.

Have you seen it, yet? Call for contributions for the 13th Annual TEESNet Conference at Liverpool Hope University on 28 September 2022

Re-Imagining Teacher Education: Transforming Learning for a Just and Sustainable World: Education, in its various forms, holds transformative potential. However, concerns persist that it reinforces and perpetuates the conditions for exclusion, injustice and unsustainable lifestyles. There is growing realization that education, as it takes place currently, is inadequate to the global crises we face.
The 13th annual TEESNet conference responds to the urgency of these calls and seeks to re-imagine teacher education by calling for research papers, examples of practice and creative contributions.

TEESNet activity cuts across sectors and welcomes proposals by 23 May 2022 from educators and students in universities, schools, and NGOs/CSOs, as well as researchers, policy makers, and those engaged in all forms of education. If you are interested, please find out more from Andrea Bullivant at bulliva(at)hope.ac.uk using the subject ‘TEESNet 2022 Conference CFP’.

New report: SDG good practices: a compilation of success stories and lessons learned in SDG implementation - second edition
New report: higher education one year into the COVID-19 pandemic - second IAU global survey on the impact of COVID-19 on higher education around the world

Selected from more than 700 submissions, this publication has been curated to highlight a sample of selected initiatives from different stakeholders from all over the world. The 21 SDG good practices include their visions, lessons learned, and identified practices that can inspire and be replicated. This global expertise will be critical to accelerate progress towards the SDGs. Through this publication, global readers from all sectors can find out how different stakeholders are building partnerships and finding innovative solutions to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

The Second IAU Global Survey Report on the Impact of COVID-19, recently conducted by the International Association of Universities (IAU), researched in more detail the specific impact that that the pandemic had on higher education globally and how institutions responded to the new challenges. The second survey gathered responses from approximately 500 institutions of higher education in over 100 countries and territories, investigating the impact of the pandemic around the world and institutional responses in all aspects of the higher education mission and roles.