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International USR Summit 2021 Call for Abstracts

Every alternate year, the USRN member institutions take turns hosting the International USR Summit. The Summit serves as an effective platform to connect and foster partnership among world renowned universities to share insights in advancing university social responsibility, generating social impact and driving sustainable development of the world. The past International USR Summits have attracted over 200 presidents, senior administrators, professors and students from 52 institutions over the world.

The next USR Summit will be hosted by the University of Pretoria from 3 to 6 February 2021 at the Future Africa Campus, Pretoria, South Africa.

The 2021 Summit aims to advance the scholarship and practice of University Social Responsibility in higher education by focusing on the broad theme of “University Social Responsibility: Priorities for the Next Decade”.

Conference Sub-themes:

  • University Social Responsibility: What should the Priorities for the Next Decade be?
  • University Social Responsibility in the Aftermath of the Covid-19 Pandemic
  • University Social Responsibility: Global Perspectives
  • Citizens’ Voices in University Social Responsibility
  • Inter-sectoral Collaboration in Promoting University Social Responsibility
  • University Social Responsibility: Governance, Society, and Policy Change
  • The Role of Students in University Social Responsibility

The Summit Planning Committee is now calling for abstracts. Potential presenters are invited to submit abstracts of a maximum of 250 words related to the topics listed. Abstracts can be submitted online through the summit website.

More details of the USR Summit 2021 will be annouced through the USRN website. If you wish to receive official updates of the Summit, please write to the USRN Secretariat at to leave your contact.