USRN Webinar Series #2: AIMS University Social Responsibility (USR) for Sustainable Development

The Asian International Mobility for Students (AIMS) Programme is a regional flagship mobility initiative facilitated by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO RIHED), which comprises 80 universities across 9 countries. Established in 2009, the AIMS Programme has continued to advance the harmonisation and internationalisation processes of higher education towards a more inclusive and sustainable region.

With multiple social, economic, environmental, and public health challenges facing the world, SEAMEO RIHED’s AIMS Programme will continue to explore innovative approaches to learning and the integration of appropriate technologies for mobility, as well as promoting university social responsibility (USR) contributions in addressing societal challenges for a more sustainable future.

In this Webinar, the USRN and SEAMEO RIHED have invited regional and international experts to share global trends in USR, demonstrate how USR can promote sustainable development, and showcase USR good practices from participating AIMS universities from Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia.

Date: 10 November 2021
Time:16:00 – 17:00 (Hong Kong time/ UTC+8)
Venue: Online via Zoom


Dr. I Made Andi Arsana, Head of Office of International Affairs, Gadjah Mada University


  • Dr. Romyen Kosaikanont, Centre Director of SEAMEO RIHED
  • Dr. Jennifer O’Brien, Academic Lead for Sustainability Teaching and Learning, The University of Manchester
  • Prof. Lara Johannsdottir, Professor of Environment and Natural Sciences, University of Iceland
  • Dr. Joyce Teo Siew Yean, Assistant Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Global Affairs), Universiti Brunei Darussalam
  • Dr. Hajah Zainab Haji Mohd Noor, Director, Department of International Affairs, UiTM Global, Universiti Teknologi MARA

USRN Webinar Series #1: USR in Action: Lessons Learned from the MOOC “Introduction to USR”

In February 2021 the University Social Responsibility Network launched a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) about theory and practice in University Social Responsibility. In this webinar, the speakers reflected on some of the lessons learned from the experience of creating this joint MOOC, and look into selected theoretical and practical aspects of the course content – effective institutional policies and practices. The future directions for online training in USR have also been discussed in the session.

Date: 20 October 2021
Time:12:00 – 13:00 (UTC)
Venue: Online via Zoom

Moderator & Speaker:

Dr. Fernando Palacio, Program Specific Senior Lecturer, International Strategy Office, Kyoto University


  • Dr. Nikan Sadehvandi, Project Manager of USR MOOC, Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education, Kyoto University
  • Professor Robert Hollister, Professor Emeritus, Tufts University, and Senior Advisor to the University Social Responsibility Network
  • Dr. Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility, The University of Manchester
  • Dr. Martina Jordaan, Head: Community Engagement Research and Postgraduate Studies, University of Pretoria

USRN Webinar: The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

On 6 October 2020 (2:00pm BTS), the University Social Responsibility Network organised a webinar on the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings for its member institutions.

Using the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as framework, Times Higher Education (THE) developed this new set of social impact rankings for higher education for a more sustainable and resilient future. The University Social Responsibility Network sees the significant role of the Impact Rankings in recognizing universities’ social responsibility performance, and has therefore taken the lead in organising a Webinar with THE, hoping to promote the Rankings and its methodology to member institutions of the USRN and advocate university social responsibility in a broad range of higher education institutions.


Mr. Duncan Ross, Chief Data Officer, Times Higher Education
Dr. Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility, The University of Manchester


Prof. Valmor Tricoli, President of International Affairs Office; Provost for International Cooperation, University of São Paulo