Incorporating Social Responsibility as transversal topic in University curricula
Building synergies among University communities and other societal stakeholders
USR-NET participates at workshop held at the European Parliament
USR-NET project participated at the "Policy & Practice towards Transforming Higher Education through Responsible Research and Innovation and Sustainable Development Goals" workshop at the European Parliament, organised by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), partner at the ENRRICH Project.
ASBL Schola ULB wins USR-NET contest for the design of a communication campaign!
A USR-NET contest was organised for awarding the development of a communication campaign to one of the non-profit organisations (ASBL) of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Following the review of all applications by a jury formed by representatives of the project coordinator Conexx-Europe, ASBL Schola ULB was designated the winner! Congratulations!
#EUSR Days at the European Parliament!
USR-NET final event was organised with great success on 9-10 November. The European Social Responsibility Responsibility Days #EUSRdays consisted of a 2-day celebration of the USR with events at the European Parliament and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). The events hosted MEPs, policymakers, Universities from Europe and Latin America, students and stakeholders alongside the participation of USR-NET project partners across Europe. More than 100 people came together in Brussels on University Social Responsibility.
See more information on the #EUSRdays here
USR-NET travels to Peru for the Orsalc Unesco-Iesalc Forum!
USR-NET project leader Conexx - Europe participates in the V Forum of Territorial Social Responsibility organised by the Orsalc Unesco-Iesalc in Lima, Peru! Conexx-Europe presented the project and its findings and results on the promotion of USR, expanding the reach and visibility of the European Network of Socially Responsible Universities beyond European borders.
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USR-NET meets with the University of Girona on USR
USR-NET project leader Conexx - Europe meets with representatives of the University of Girona, which holds a Social Responsibility chair to discuss and exchange views and practices on USR, expanding the European Network of Socially Responsible Universities.
USR Good Practices Workshop
USR-NET partner University of Sapienza organised a USR Good Practices Workshop in the frame of the project to present local and European initiatives in this area, prompt synergies and promote the project results to University students and external stakeholders. All project partners participated in the interactive workshop.
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USR-NET hosted at Fondazione Exclusiva CR event in Rome
Fondazione Exclusiva organisation, promoting creativity and fostering projects on social innovation on the basis of culture and socially responsible economic development, hosted USR-NET project and partners at their event on Corporate Responsibility “Ethics in the new competitive environments” held in Rome on 4 May 2018. USR-NET partners presented the project and its different dimensions on University Social Responsibility at a wide audience of related stakeholders, developing synergies. Participants filled in a USR-NET questionnaire on areas they would be interested in working in the frame of their corporate responsibility strategy in view of exploring prospects of cooperation with academic institutions.
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USR-NET 3rd Project Meeting in Italy
USR-NET @ Journée de la coopération ULB in Brussels, Belgium
USR-NET @ Solvay Fair for Impact in Brussels, Belgium
USR-NET at SESBA Meetup on Social Businesses in Athens, Greece
USR-NET project was disseminated among social entrepreneurs, social business advisers, trainers and policy-makers participating at the Meetup organised on 25 October 2016 in the frame of EU project SESBA. The topics discussed were social enterprises needs and challenges as well as practices and tools to facilitate and help target the work of the social business consultant.
More information on SESBA at http://sesbaproject.eu
USR-NET at Mellon Open Skills Empowerment Seminar in Athens, Greece
USR-NET project was disseminated among experts, business and labour market representatives participating at the Open seminar “Mobile Working: Approach your professional future differently” held on 10 October 2016 in the frame of the project Mellon-Skills Accelerator in Athens, Greece.
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Project Meeting in Cádiz, Spain: Interesting ideas and good vibes
“Currently, the relationship between universities and society is like that of a quarrelsome couple: mutual accusations and lack of communication. We should bring love back between them.” says Prof. Andrea Lenzi, President of Italian National University Council (UCN)
USR-NET at Athens Job Festival 2016 in Greece!
USR-NET project was disseminated among thousands of students, professionals in diverse sectors, University career office and labour market representatives, trainers and recruiters participating at the Athens Job Festival held on 24-25 September 2016.
“The implementation of Social Responsibility at the university level is only achieved with the consensus and engagement of the governing bodies”, says Ms. Valérie Swaen, Professor of Marketing & CSR at Louvain School of Management & Head of the Louvain CSR Network
“The society, therefore, is recognized as a subject not only interested in learning about or in using the results of scientific research and innovation, but also as a co-protagonist in the definition of the scientific agenda”, says Prof. Eugenio Gaudio, Rector of Sapienza University of Rome
“The university must be an open institution, which creates breaches and not walls..Educating to social responsibility implies this attitude to openness and collaboration.”, says Dr. Carlo Musto D’Amore, General Director of Sapienza University of Rome
Ms. Sabine Denis, Co-Executive Director at The Shift Belgian platform and meeting point for companies, NGOs and other organisations interested in sustainable business models was interviewed by USR-NET project leader Conexx-Europe in relation to the concept of University Social Responsibility. “I think that the problem lies with the concept of Social Responsibility; it is too broad and blurry..the focus should be on sustainability..Universities should provide society with sustainable solutions to technical and socio-economic issues…”. On promoting a transversal approach of SR in Universities: “If universities are presented with a big package of social responsibility actions and measures to take, they will choose to implement the easiest ones such as transparency, reporting and social projects..Yet this will not produce any substantial change. I would suggest that you focus on the first pillar: teaching. Indeed, including USR into academic curricula is the only way to make people aware of the issue. And that in turn spills over to the other pillars..” On barriers and incentives to promote USR: “The main barrier is surely the autonomy of the teaching body. On the other side, universities are dependent on public funding and making public funding conditional on including SR and sustainability in curricula is one of the solutions. University rankings are also sensitive topic for universities..” The whole interview is accessible here
USR-NET project leader Conexx-Europe interviewed, in the frame of the project, Ms. Opaline Meunier, President of the Union of Students of the French Community in Belgium (UNECOF-Union des Etudiants de la Communauté Française) on the concept of University Social Responsibility, its implementation and potential. Conexx-Europe presented the project, its approach and activities to Ms. Meunier who expressed the view that there is no real interaction between society and university. Universities share their knowledge and expertise with society, but the opposite is not happening. This is, according to Ms. Meunier, partly due to a conception of the university as a ‘place for pure knowledge’ and it must be preserved intact and protected from bad external influences. She also noted that while USR topics are taught in voluntary modules and, thus, potentially all students can attend them, the way these modules are structured makes them appealing to a limited number of students. The whole interview is accessible here
USR-NET project leader Conexx-Europe interviewed, in the frame of the project, Mr. Ramón Jáuregui, Spanish Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly and one international leading promoter of Corporate Social Responsibility. The interview aimed at detecting barriers, accelerators, risks and incentives in the implementation of the University Social Responsibility. Conexx-Europe presented the project, its approach and activities to Mr. Jáuregui, who showed interest and shared his valuable insights, expertise and recommendations. “The commitment of the university governing bodies is the first step and a key factor to succeed in the implementation of University Social Responsibility. The Social Responsibility is an attitude and the ability of self-demandingness towards producing a good impact at social and environmental level (or at least reducing the most possible the bad effects) in the use of the resources needed to provide products and/or services”. The whole interview is accessible here
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The USR-NET kick-off meeting was held on 14-15 January in Bucharest, Romania, hosted by the project partner Innovate4Future - Center for Advanced Educational Solutions. Partners discussed the details of the project implementation, agreed on the overall planning and elaborated on the guidelines for the first step, namely the development of the learning guide of transversal contents for Socially Responsible Universities.
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