5th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education
Higher Education's Commitment to Sustainability: from Understanding to Action
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
23 - 25 November 2010


1.  Who can contribute with good practices

  • Higher Education Institutions
  • Experts and researchers on higher education issues and/or activity
  • Government agencies and bodies
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Philanthropic institutions and private foundations
  • International agencies and institutions
  • University networks
  • Civil society organizations and networks in which any of the aforementioned institutions participate
  • Students, educators, entrepreneurs, university or government officials and individuals in which any of the aforementioned institutions participate.

2. How a good practice is defined by the Call

A good practice should provide solutions to situations or problems that arise in the higher education institution's internal or external context. It should include an innovative approach in its design, implementation, orientation, etc.

The Call for Good Practices looks for innovative experiences that can serve as examples or inspiration to other higher education actors, helping them to start similar experiences in the field described.


General Criteria

The good practices should meet general criteria, which will be taken into account in the selection process. The experiences should:

1.      Have arisen from the identification of a problem or opportunity in the framework of priority local and/or global challenges of societies. The experience should propose a solution to this problem. As far as possible, there should be a prior diagnosis or process of study and analysis that ensures the suitability of the project design.

2.      Offer an innovative response. An experience is innovative when it represents an adaptation and/or fine-tuning of functions and activities carried out by the higher education institutions.

3.      Offer a socially relevant response.

4.     Include the active participation of the higher education institution's community (students, researchers, teachers or managers in some of the university bodies). Have contributions and partnerships to ensure that a particular project is coordinated with the society in the relevant field. Collaborators should participate significantly in the project.

Formal Criteria


In addition, there is a set of formal criteria, which ensure that the experience can be transferred. The experience should:

1.   Have been implemented for no less than six months, in order to check whether the plan is in line with initial results. 

2.   Be sustainable in terms of use of resources, institutional support, or the degree of formalization of legal aspects and regulations, to ensure the long-term impact of the experience.

The GUNI Scientific Committee will evaluate the good practices, taking into account the following criteria:

  • The good practice should be in line with the issues proposed in the thematic lines
  • The good practice must comply with general and formal criteria described above
  • Good practices which are being carried out or which have just been completed will accepted
  • Good practices will be only accepted in the standard form to be completed and submitted through this website.
  • Good practices should be sent in English

GUNI's founding members: Sponsored by:
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Unesco United Nations University
Supported by:
Ministerio de Educación Generalitat de Catalunya Ajuntament de Barcelona