Programme

Peace and justice: a common quest for universities, governments and civil society

10:30 - 18:00

Registration

Location: Cloister Parainfo, La Literaria building
11:00 - 12:30

Campus tour

Location: Cloister Parainfo, La Literaria building
12:30 - 13:00

Networking refreshments

Location: Cloister Parainfo, La Literaria building
13:00 - 14:00

Protecting scholars and the freedom to think, question and share ideas

Location: Garate, La Literaria building
Virtual session presented by Scholars at Risk (SAR). SAR is an international network of institutions and individuals that protect scholars suffering grave threats to their lives, liberty and well-being. SAR arranges temporary research and teaching positions at institutions in its network, as well as providing advisory and referral services.
14:00 - 14:50

Welcome lunch

Location: Cloister Parainfo, La Literaria building
14:50 - 15:10

Opening remarks

Location: Paraninfo, La Literaria building
Speakers
15:10 - 16:10

THE University Impact Rankings masterclass: Redefining excellence in global higher education

Location: Paraninfo, La Literaria building
Pioneered in 2019, the THE University Impact Rankings are the world's first rankings to measure universities' social and economic impact, based on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. The rankings recognise excellence in higher education not through traditional metrics such as research and prestige, but through an innovative range of performance indicators, looking at a university's stewardship of its resources, its outreach and its research in specific fields relating to the SDGs. THE's chief knowledge officer Phil Baty will explain the new rankings' methodology and explore insights into institutional performance, focusing on institutions' success in delivering SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions.
Speakers
16:10 - 16:40

Networking refreshments

Location: Cloister Parainfo, La Literaria building
16:40 - 17:50

The academy and the promotion of peace and justice

Location: Paraninfo, La Literaria building
In this panel, we will address one of universities' missions - social transformation - and how teaching and research can contribute to SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions. We will also discuss how universities should respond to that challenge in their academic and organisational policies. We will debate and get new ideas on how they should define and develop strategies to carry it out, and examine how we can measure the impact of these redefined strategies.
Chair
Speakers
17:50 - 18:20

Inspire. Change. Together. The role of higher education in strengthening the rule of law worldwide and in achieving SDG 16 by 2030

Location: Paraninfo, La Literaria building
The world faces myriad challenges as it strives to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions. Until now, universities, governments and international organisations have tended to address these issues separately, usually within their respective spheres of influence, but it is increasingly clear that the silo mentality of this conventional approach has not helped us reach our collective global goals. Peace, justice and effective, accountable and inclusive institutions – as well as quality education (SGD 4) – are at the core of sustainable development; in fact, both SDG 4 and 16 are in themselves enablers of all the other SDGs. The importance of higher education, strong partnerships and new efforts to link SDG 4 and 16, thus moving towards the ultimate achievement of the latter, will be the focus of this session.
Speakers
18:20 - 18:30

Closing remarks

Location: Paraninfo, La Literaria building
18:30 - 19:00

Drinks reception

Location: Cloister Parainfo, La Literaria building
19:00 - 19:15

Welcome remarks

Location: Cloister auditorio, La Literaria building
Speakers
19:15 - 20:30

Welcome dinner

Location: Cloister auditorio, La Literaria building
08:45 - 09:00

Welcome refreshments

Location: Cloister Parainfo, La Literaria building
09:00 - 09:15

Opening remarks

Location: Paraninfo, La Literaria building
Speakers
09:15 - 09:50

Diversity, equality and inclusion for peace and justice through universities

Location: Paraninfo, La Literaria building
How can universities promote diversity, equity and inclusion in teaching and research? Why is that focus essential to peace and justice today? What are concrete strategies for enabling transformation? This address will discuss the trends that are increasing the urgency of a focus on diversity and inclusion in higher education globally. It will overview the research tying inclusion and equity to peace and justice. Additionally, the remarks will explore how research reveals the essential need for transformation in education, both curricular and cultural. Finally, concrete strategies will be discussed for strengthening the connections between peace and justice, and efforts to advance gender equality, youth inclusion and a greater focus on meeting the needs of marginalised and vulnerable communities.
Speakers
09:50 - 11:00

Public policies for peace and justice through universities

Location: Paraninfo, La Literaria building
Which public policies should be promoted to favour the social commitment of universities and their contribution as active agents of justice, peace and human rights? What role do governments and institutions assign to universities and in what way are they regulated or governed? How are policymakers and society generating ideas and educational policies to transform society and what should the public sector responsibility be in the articulation of active university systems, including respect for academic freedom and autonomy? Experts with three institutional visions will engage in a debate and present ideas and discussions.
Chair
Speakers
11:00 - 11:20

Networking refreshments

Location: Cloister Parainfo, La Literaria building
11:20 - 12:30

Civil society for peace and justice through universities

Location: Paraninfo, La Literaria building
In our last panel of the day, we will discuss university-society interactions and the tasks and targets to achieve peace and justice that must be shared. What are the best existing collaboration strategies between the academic world, and social entities and civil society? Which new ones should we create and promote? How effectively are networks structured and linked to improve peace and justice, and create strong institutions between non-governmental organisations and the university environment? How can we build collaborations and relationships with teaching and research in environments with difficult or no access to the higher education ecosystem? What intersectional platforms are necessary to achieve this aim?
Chair
Speakers
12:30 - 13:10

The importance of peace education during and after conflicts

Location: Paraninfo, La Literaria building
When conflict is maintained and managed under the current norms of power games – and with a lack of international will to put an end to devastating conflicts such as those in Syria – it is civil society's actors who can devise alternatives and push towards creating a new discourse. Education and skills for peacebuilding, conflict resolution and leadership training can become the real resources that communities need in order to immunise themselves – and women can play a central role.
Speakers
13:10 - 13:30

Closing remarks

Location: Paraninfo, La Literaria building
Speakers
13:30 - 14:30

Networking lunch

Location: Cloister Parainfo, La Literaria building

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