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ACA Think Pieces: European higher education cooperation in a global context

Following the successful run of ACA’s “Think Pieces” series in 2020 on the world after Covid-19, in 2021 on inclusion in the context of higher education and in 2022 on digitalisation in the higher education sector, ACA continues with a new edition in 2023, focusing on the European higher education cooperation in a global context.

In the third Think Piece in the 2023 #global_context edition, author Rik Van de Walle, Rector of Ghent University, and President of CESAER, responds to the introductory article by ACA President Ulrich Grothus, by reflecting on the importance of networks, leadership,  differentiation and unity in international higher education. The article – In pursuit of knowledge – Steering academic cooperation in times of global crises – brings  to light the human rights dimension of cooperation, as well as mutuality and respect for the autonomy of academics. Taking into account the dynamic contexts of universities, the article puts forward a call for universities to stay away from competitive framing by fulfilling their missions and being proactive in guiding societal change.  

Read full article here.