ISSUE 04 | 08 MAY 2019

The countdown has started for the 7th ASEF Rectors’ Conference! Here are our final practical updates on your travel preparations for Bucharest, including airport pick-up and registration on site. Please take again a close look at thePractical Information Booklet before your departure. 

We are proud to share the draft ARC7 Policy Recommendations prepared by our Partners – EUA, IAU, AUN – for your early reference. We welcome your thoughts and inputs and hope that you will help us shaping the document during the working group discussions at ARC7. 
For any further question, please reach out to us via email ( or have a look at our previous eBulletins.  

Conference Updates

Airport Shuttle Meeting Point

Those arriving between 10-13 May and wish to use the shuttle service running from 7.00AM to 23.00PM, please look out for SNSPA students upon exiting the baggage claim area in the arrival hall near Segafredo Coffee Shop.

ARC7 Registration

We hope most of you will register on Sunday, 12 May 2019 between 5-7PM before the Welcome Reception in  InterContinental Hotel. This will help us to start the conference on time on Monday morning. Other registration opportunities are listed in the Practical Information Booklet.

How to Spread the News on ARC7

Our Social Media Kit includes images, sample posts and all information you need to promote ARC7 and your discussions and learning among your networks.

Policy Recommendations

Preview the Draft Policy Recommendations prepared by organising partners – EUA, IAU, AUN – for your deliberations and discussions during ARC7.

Keep your passport with you

Thanks to our local partners ARC7 will be hosted in the Palace of the Parliament of Bucharest. For security reasons participants have to bring their passports and their registration badges every day. 

ASEM Factsheet

If you wish to learn more about the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) process, we recommend to read this brochure which explains how this informal platform for political dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe works.

Related Reading

Universities’ Social Responsibility in Internationalisation

“The social responsibility component of internationalization has, to date, rarely been the focus in the broad agenda of the internationalisation of higher education.” The article in the University World News addresses the social responsibility component of universities’ internationalization and the importance of considering it as a tool to support social engagement. Read more in the article below.

SDG Guide for Universities

How do universities help the SDGs? And how do the SDGs help universities?

The Australian/Pacific Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) published a guide on the key roles of universities and the academic sector in contributing to the SDGs and vice versa. It provides practical guidance on how to get started with deepening contributions.

Recommendations on Inclusive Mobility

The member organisations of the Inclusive Mobility Alliance (IMA) drafted various recommendations on inclusive mobility, particularly on making the Erasmus programme 2021-2027 more inclusive. The recommendations are also targeted to higher education institutions.

The Role of Universities in Regional Innovation Ecosystems

A study by the European University Association, focusing on the role of universities in regional innovation ecosystems, offers an analysis of innovation processes in 9 European regions. Amongst others, the study shows how universities address shared challenges and outlines new forms of connectivity. The report thereby illustrates best practices and concrete examples and shows how a shared agenda on the SDGs can mobilize universities towards achieving the goals.

Approaches to SDG 17 Partnerships for SDGs

The Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi) recently published their report on “Approaches to SDG 17 Partnerships for the SDGs”. The report contains various articles on universities and SDGs and building partnerships to implement the 2030 agenda. Find the article that interests you in the link below.

Voices of #ARC7

Interview with Dr Vilalta

Dr Vilalta is the Executive Secretary of the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) and the Director of the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI), formed by UNESCO and the ACUP.
GUNI is an international network currently composed of 227 members from 80 countries, which include the UNESCO Chairs, higher education institutions, research centers and networks related to innovation and the social commitment of higher education.
During ARC7, Dr Vilalta is designing a Debate Session titled “Partnerships are crucial for achieving the SDGs: Should universities play a managerial or a participatory role?”.

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