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Aurora Attends IAU Conference

Aurora Universities Network member president Dag Rune Olsen from the University of Bergen and head of the Aurora office Kees Kouwenaar attend the IAU Annual Conference, 13-15 November, 2018, in Kuala Lumpur.

This year’s Conference theme is devoted to the overall topic: Higher education partnerships for societal impact which is closely linked to the vision and mission of Aurora.

IAU believes that higher education is a vital pillar for societal development in collaboration with other societal entities be it the private sector, the civil society or local authorities within countries as well as beyond borders.

The IAU Horizons magazine of October 2018 In Focus also features an article about Aurora Universities Network and what we stand for. Some articles in the magazine present theoretical approaches to the role of higher education as a common good and discuss where the well-known concept of ‘third mission’ of universities stands now; others describe more concrete examples of higher education engaging with society and acting as a key driver for change. All of them acknowledge the critical importance of building meaningful partnerships in order to reach a societal impact.

On 14th of November Aurora Universities Network  will give a poster presentation on Aurora and its contributions to higher education partnerships for societal impact. In addition, a panel presentation will be given by Dag Rune Olsen of the University of Bergen – the programme offers a wide variety of presentations which can be found here.

Next year’s IAU Annual Conference will be held at the Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla (BUAP) in Puebla, Mexico, with “Transforming higher education for the future” as the theme. This theme again links well with Aurora, particularly in the context of the Call for ‘European Universities’ alliances proposals in Erasmus+


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