GUNI-AP mission is to improve higher education in Asia and the Pacific area through the application of the UNESCO decisions on higher education taken at the World Conference.Enter GUNI
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One of the recommendations adopted in the Declaration of the World Conference on Higher Education (WCHE) held 5-9 October 1998, Paris, France, was to request UNESCO and the United Nations University (UNU) to launch a UNESCO/UNU supported Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI) to promote reform and innovation process in higher education as an important follow up activity.
With the signing of the agreement for establishment of a UNESCO Chair in higher education between UNESCO, UNU and the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain in 1999 and consultation organized by the above-cited three parties with participation of university and UNESCO representatives from different regions, in 2000-2001, GUNI was officially established with its Charter concerning its objectives, mechanisms, funding and working methodology, etc adopted and Secretariat based in the UPC.
Each region is asked by UNESCO and UNU to consider establishing a regional branch of GUNI to promote reform and innovation process in higher education in the region and work as a partner of GUNI.
Under the sponsorship of UNESCO Asia and the Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Bangkok, a consultation meeting for launching the GUNI-AP was convened on 23 October 2001 in Hangzhou, China, with Vice-Chancellors and Presidents of top universities from Australia, India, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Malaysia and Thailand involved. During the consultation, A steering committee to prepare the founding conference aiming at setting up of the GUNI-AP was established. A draft charter of GUNI-AP was discussed and recommended.
The first General Assembly of GUNI-AP was held in Zhejiang University 20-22 September 2002. During the Assembly, The Global University Network for Innovation: Asia and the Pacific (GUNI-AP) was formally established and a charter of the GUNI-AP was adopted. Professor Pan Yunhe, President of Zhejiang University, was elected as the first President of GUNI-AP. Professor Pornchai Matangkasombut, President of Mahidol University, Thailand, was elected as Vice President. Professor Ni Mingjiang, Vice President of Zhejiang University, was appointed as Chief Executive of the GUNI-AP who would be in charge of the work of the Secretariat. An Action Plan was adopted for 2002-2004.