Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in general and RRI teaching specifically are concepts and issues that are gaining importance not only in Europe but in all parts of the world. With the approval of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the first universal agenda for sustainable development at international level, the outstanding role of research becomes more relevant and discussion focuses on the kind of research we need in order to solve the grand challenges our societies are facing today.

The HEIRRI project (Higher Education Institutions and Responsible Research and Innovation) will be present in this international context which it can both influence in and learn from. This is why the project puts special emphasis on the internationalisation of its activities and outcomes, focusing on various actions such as:
– Organisation of seminars in different regions of the world and in global conferences
– Strategic actions with international networks through their involvement in the HEIRRI project and the promotion of a Document of engagement with RRI
– Building bridges to HEIs outside Europe through HEIRRI Scholarships (more information about the scholarships will be provided next October 2016)

This internationalization plan is lead by ACUP, which will work together with the global network of universities gathered in the Global University Network for innovation (GUNi) to share information related to the HEIRRI project with their 210 members from 78 countries.

In 2016, HEIRRI is collaborating with the International Association of Universities (IAU) to organise a workshop at the IAU General Conference: “Higher Education. A catalyst for innovative and sustainable societies”. The General Conference, which is going to take place in Bangkok (14- 17th November), represents a perfect fit for the HEIRRI project. The workshop will allow to both spread the voice as well as to listen to RRI experiences in Asia.

HEIRRI will also be present at the “Going Global 2016” Conference, in Cape Town (3-5th May), where the project will be presented in the poster session. The Conference will be an open forum for education world leaders to debate international higher and further education issues and challenges, and to discuss collaborative solutions in Africa.