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ERIC Number: ED536934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 34
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-8403-6226-8
Universities and Development: Global Cooperation. Policy Briefing
Universities UK
This policy briefing aims to demonstrate that universities are key organisations in international development. Universities are involved in a wide range of international development activities, including collaborative research projects, developing entrepreneurial and employability skills and the evaluation of non-governmental organisation (NGO) programmes. Often this is not visible or is limited by policy priorities or access to relevant networks. The briefing suggests some ways in which UK universities could do much more to contribute to this major global challenge. This briefing originates from a seminar organised by the Universities UK International and European Policy Committee in February 2009 to discuss universities and international development. It considers the scope of international development and the policy landscape, and provides background information on development policies, initiatives and activities at an international, European and UK level. The briefing argues that universities: (1) have a legitimate, unique and important role in international development; (2) are already making a significant contribution to international development and are keen to contribute more; (3) should consider including this work within their wider international and corporate social responsibility strategies; (4) face challenges in achieving recognition for this work within sector performance measures (such as research assessment) and in securing funding through bodies such as the research councils; (5) need to work more closely with DFID (Department for International Development) to exchange information and knowledge about international development activities; and (6) can be effective partners for NGOs and charities by providing benefits such as evaluation and critical analysis. (Contains 58 notes and 19 resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Universities UK (England)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom