Commentary

Academic responsibility: The changing mission of HE

Chris Brink (February 2021, University World News)

The international virtual summit, “University Social Responsibility: Priorities for the next decade”, was hosted from 3-5 February by the University of Pretoria and the global University Social Responsibility Network. Participants deliberated on a future in which the academic responsibility of societal service becomes increasingly embedded in the missions of all institutions as a core commitment of students and staff to the community and a measure of their standing.

University Social Responsibility movement gains traction

Stephen Chan, Robert Hollister, Toru Iiyoshi, and Alison Lloyd (March 2020, University World News)

A profound change is taking place in our understanding of the mission of higher education. Increasingly, we have realised that academic freedom must be accompanied by the exercise of academic responsibility, in the sense of making a contribution to civil society. Actively responding to societal challenges is one way of doing so – as many universities have demonstrated in the case of COVID-19.