Comissão Europeia / Lifelong Learning Programme (Action Erasmus Multilateral Project)
Gabriel Dima (University Politehnica of Bucharest, Roménia)
University Politehnica of Bucharest (Roménia)
Scienter CID (Granada/Espanha)
Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, S.A. (Logroño/Espanha)
Foundation University of Granada Enterprise (Granada/Espanha)
Centro de Investigação e Intervenção Educativas, Universidade do Porto (Portugal)
MENON Network EEIG (Brussels/Bélgica)
University of Edinburgh (Reino Unido)
01.10.2012 - 01.10.2014
The 'social dimension of higher education', which was absent in the genesis of the Bologna Declaration in 1999, became a central issue in the Ministerial declarations of London (2007) and Leuven (2009), targeting increased participation in European higher education by all interested citizens and ultimately aiming to make sure that the HE population reflects the diversity of society. In line with these indications, most European universities are sensitive and aware of the importance of their “social dimension” and they are developing actions to raise the issue among their priorities, not only in policy terms but also in daily practices. However, a European framework for University Social Responsibility (USR), able to foster collaborative learning and benchmarking, does not exist.
To contribute closing this gap, the USR project aims to create, though a bottom-up approach that starts from some leading EU universities in the field of USR, a European model to enhance social responsibility of universities in a long-term perspective.