USOS supports a network of six higher education institutions committed to working more closely together as a function of improved capacity to address social and environmental justice issues.

To facilitate this, USOS is organising three webinars in which staff and students from the network can participate. The webinars are basically a forum for exchange of views and ideas. Each session is built around a set of predefined questions. 

The working language is English.

Participating institutions:

  • Universidad Centroamericana (UCA)
  • Université Mohammed Premier (UMP)
  • Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS)
  • National Law University (NLU)
  • Université Catholique de Bukavu (UCB)
  • University of Antwerp

The following topics and questions are addressed:

  1. The university: its identity, values, and place in society (27 January)
    1. Round 1: What characterizes your institution? What role does your university play in society and in the world? What should be the societal role of a university? 
    2. Round 2: What does your university do – and what could we do more/better, to include the most vulnerable groups in society? 
  2. Natural resource management, rural development and community rights (9 February)
    1. Round 1: How is your institution involved in research and teaching on natural resource management (and sustainable development) issues?
    2. Round 2: How can knowledge/theories be used at the local/global level, and in particular within global partnerships, to address natural resource management and poverty reduction issues?
  3. Theories and research methods for rethinking "development" (17 February)
    1. Round 1: What is the contextual reality of scientific/academic research on "development" in your institution? What are the challenges? What are the prospects?
    2. Round 2: How do you conduct your research in the context of fragile politics and social conflict?
    3. Round 3: How can we ensure win-win partnerships between researchers from the North and the South in the long term?