Within the UNIMED General Assembly 2019, the session “Social responsibility of Higher Education institutions in the Mediterranean Region” will be hosted on October 25th , 2019 by the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik.
Nowadays in a globalized world, the Euro–Mediterranean countries have to face many challenges. Universities already contribute, either actively and consciously or through indirect actions, to solving these problems. An obvious example is unemployment, which has been affecting many countries and for which universities have decided to transform their former academic programmes into more “professionalizing” ones, and to link their curricula to the needs of the labour market. Now, universities are called upon to organize their curricula and degrees according to the needs of the society. They must even anticipate future developments, in order to train tomorrow’s professionals today.
The situation of universities with regard to their social responsibility is paradoxical. On the one hand, they have carried out actions that clearly demonstrate that they are aware of the role they have to play, as a public actor, in the problems and developments of our societies: not only training but also, for example welcoming migrants. On the other hand, the discourse on each of these actions is isolated.
The participants of this session will analyse the social responsibility of universities and their awareness of the role they can play in the collective resolution of society’s major challenges. This means taking concrete action in their own areas (training and research), in order to:
- Help resolving major societal challenges;
- Contribute to the reasonable development of the society;
- Spread the universities’ core values within society: freedom of expression, tolerance, solidarity and humanism.
Date: 25th October 2019, 02:30 pm – 04:00 pm
Venue: Jean El Hawa Auditorium, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik Campus, Jounieh (Lebanon)
To know the programme of this session, download the agenda of UNIMED General Assembly 2019.