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6th Global Meeting of Associations (GMA VI)
New plans for the IAU Global Meeting of Associations in May 2015
IAU and the African hosts of the 6th edition of the IAU Global Meeting of Associations (GMA), scheduled for May in West Africa, have agreed to postpone the GMA in Africa until 2017.
Instead, IAU welcomes new partners for this GMA: the Inter America Organization of Higher Education (IOHE-OUI) and the host institution, Université de Montréal, both Members of the Association who have agreed to collaborate with IAU to organize this GMA in Montreal.
The dates for the 6th GMA remain 7 and 8 May 2015, however, the new location has inspired the partners to focus on a new theme:
Social innovation: challenges and perspectives for Higher Education,
which will call on the various national, regional and international university associations, networks and groups to explore how universities are involved in social innovations, how they link up to governments, civil society and industry to develop new solutions to social problems.
Social innovations, such as the development of new ways of communicating, new organizational structures, new services and products etc., are being developed everywhere and higher education institutions are frequently, but not always and rarely alone, at the centre of such process. Thus learning from one another to better support institutional initiatives and facilitate advances in this area will soon become important for all associations.
IAU together with IOHE and UdM hope to welcome you in Montreal next May so that we can share in this learning process and have the opportunity to understand the requisite conditions for social innovation to succeed and in other ways to contribute to this process.
Please plan to be in Montreal in early May, 2015 and enjoy a Canadian spring with the IAU and our partners in the GMA VI! And, be sure to note that together with the African Association of Universities (AAU) and the University of Ghana, we still plan to hold an edition of the Global Meeting of Associations in Africa in 2017 and to address the important theme Private Participation in Higher Education: Today and Tomorrow?
- To learn more about OUI-IOHE: www.oui-iohe.org/en
- To learn more abou the Université de Montréal: www.umontreal.ca