Higher Education: A catalyst for innovative and sustainable societies
In a world marked by deep and rapid change and an urgent need to find solutions to major global challenges in every sector, still too often, many argue that universities are conservative institutions, slow to respond, isolated from communities and society. IAU argues, and seeks to demonstrate that, on the contrary, they often act as catalysts for innovation, for transforming society so that it fully embraces sustainability imperatives. Higher education institutions (HEIs), whose primary functions are higher education and research, are essential social institutions. Their efforts to generate knowledge and instil attitudes to bring about a better future need to be strengthened, showcased and supported.
Source: IAU 15th General Conference 2016