Strategies for a
Confederative Approach to
Higher and Tertiary Education
1. To encourage links between institutions of higher
education throughout the country.
2. To base the mission of the Confederation on the
fundamental principles for which every university should
stand, namely the right to pursue knowledge for its own
sake, to follow wherever the search for truth may lead, the
tolerance of divergent opinion and freedom from political
3. To aim to give expression to the obligation of
universities to promote, through teaching and research, the
principles of freedom and justice, of human dignity and
solidarity, and to contribute through regional, national and
international cooperation to the development of national and
moral assistance for the strengthening of higher education
4. To link up its members, offer them quality services and
provide a forum for the universities from all over the
country to work together and to speak on behalf of
universities, and of higher education in general, and to
represent their concerns and interests in public debate and
to outside parties.
5. To pursue its goals through future oriented collective
action including information services, informed policy
discussion, research and publications.
6. To facilitate the exchange of experience and learning.
7. To restate and defend the values that underlie and
determine the proper functioning of universities in the
8. To uphold and contribute to the development of a long
term vision of universities' role and responsibility in
9. To voice the concerns for higher education with regard to
policies of national and international bodies.
10. To contribute to a better understanding of current
trends and developments through analysis, research and
11. To provide comprehensive and authoritative information
on higher education systems, institutions and qualifications
12. To act as a cooperation and service-oriented
organisation to promote the exchange of information,
experience and ideas to facilitate academic mobility and
mutual, technical, national and international collaboration
among universities, and to contribute through research and
meetings to informed higher education policy debate.
13. To organise congress, conferences, seminars, round
tables and workshops etc.
14. To conduct comparative studies and higher education
15. To strengthen cooperation and clearing-house activities.
16. To establish national information networks.
17. To provide consultancy, credential evaluation and
18. To invite university level degree granting institutions
whose main objective is higher education and research,
irrespective of whether or not they carry the name of
19. To maintain and preserve university autonomy, academic
freedom and mutual understanding.
20. To stand for the right to pursue knowledge for its own
21. To remain free from political and economic interference,
and give, room for divergent opinion.
22. To work for the advancement of ethical values in the
work of the Confederation and its members as well as in
society and respect for diversity.
23. To remember the responsibility of universities and
academies as guardians of free intellectual activity.
24. To stand for the universities' obligation as social
institutions to deliver education, research and service to
the community, and, in connection with this, to advance the
principles of freedom and of justice, of sustainable
development, human dignity and of solidarity.
25. To conserve the obligation of universities to foster
constructive criticism and intellectual independence in the
research for truth.
26. To contribute to the development of the long term vision
of the university's role and responsibilities in society.
27. To strengthen solidarity and to contribute to reducing
inequalities amongst universities, while keeping alive their
28. To promote access to higher education and equal
opportunities for students.
29. To encourage quality and excellence worldwide, through
sharing, knowledge, know-how and experience, through
collaboration and through networking.
30. To help universities to become better learning
organisations (for students, for teachers, for
31. To contribute to a better understanding of developments
in higher education, through analysis, research and debate,
as well as through the provision of information services on
32. To design and implement programmes for its members in
partnership with other organisations working in the same
33. To pledge itself to be an open, inclusive and
transparent organisation, the common voice of the university
34. To provide a centre of cooperation among the
universities and similar institutions of higher education,
as well as organisations in the field of higher education
generally, and to be an advocate for their concerns.
35. To facilitate the interchange of students and academic
staff, and develop means for the better distribution and
exchange of laboratory material, books and other equipment
for university study and research.
36. To formulate the basic principles and higher education
values for which the CIU will stand for.
37. To establish a strong structural relationship with the
national as well as regional associations of universities
and seek their direct involvement in the life and work of
38. To focus its activities on institutional examples
regarding the use of new information and communication
technologies in teaching and learning.
39. To encourage sustainability to be considered as being
central to teaching, research, outreach and operations at
universities and to identified exemplary practices and
40. To prepare comprehensive assessments periodically on how
the principles of sustainable development can best be
pursued and promoted by higher education institutions.
41. To identify the key issues of a future-oriented higher
education policy debate, as well as concrete needs for
support in academic exchange, knowledge transfer, and
capacity building through international cooperation.
42. To assess our respective capacities to respond to such
needs, the complementarity and uniqueness of our respective
possibilities and responsibilities, as compared with what
can be better done by others, bilaterally or
multi-laterally, on the institutional, national, regional or
43. To establish appropriate networking structures and
facilities that will allow to serve better, through shared
efforts, the needs and interests of our common higher
44. To translate into action the services set out by CIU
more clearly in terms of support to concrete cooperation
needs, both of individual universities and of partner
organisations, and to identify new services as best
corresponding to the Confederation's vocation and
possibilities; and to give expression to its internal and
external missions through a strengthened confederative life,
including a broader interaction with other university
45. To disseminate relevant information on the world of
higher education in an international perspective, on
missions, policies and strategies, in the form of concise
briefs and overviews, easily accessible and usable for
higher education policy and decision-makers.
46. To have a similar approach in relation to issues of
research and debate, comparison of experiences, publications
or conjointly organised special meetings and seminars for
university leaders and administrators.
47. To provide a link to consultancy, second opinions and
referee networks for universities, particularly in
developing countries, who wish to have access to independent
advice, for example on directives from governments and
different agencies or on institutional development plans.
48. To maintain a pool of independent advisors to be made
available for special tasks, third party assessments, legal
advice, management advice, helping with analysis,
formulation of strategic plans, governance strategies, and
codes related to academic freedom, etc.
49. To offer consultancy to agencies related to university
50. To evaluate the institutional impact of university links
and collaborative programmes, independent from the usual
evaluation by sponsors to be pointed to practical and
ethical guidelines for collaboration and codes of good
practice, which could serve universities in their
51. To benefit from academic freedom and institutional
autonomy with regard to the central mission of research and
52. To assume, in carrying out the tasks, its responsibility
to society and to promote the principles of freedom,
justice, human dignity and solidarity.
53. To reduce the tensions arising within the universities
between the requirements of technological and economic
globalisation and the specificities of cultural and national
54. To contribute to the production and dissemination of
information and knowledge concerning facts, trends and
developments in higher education.
55. To help contribute to the production and dissemination
of reflection, research and debate concerning the
56. To help clarify, disseminate and refine a vision of the
university and of its value base.
57. To pay particular attention to strengthening solidarity
and reducing inequalities between universities of different
backgrounds, resources and capacities.
58. To express a common voice of the universities, on
national as well as global level, vis-a-vis partners like
national and international statutory bodies and UN agencies
as well as the public opinion.
59. To catalyse the cooperation of universities and
university organisations amongst themselves and with other
partners, with regard to major questions of society, which
are national as well as international in nature and to which
universities must make an important contribution, such as:
the construction of peace and democracy; sustainable
development; the challenges and stakes of globalisation and
accelerated change in society; the commitment to ethical
standards in the conduct of science and technology.
60. To offer to other national and international university
and higher education organisations a preferential platform
for information, contacts and networking, and to participate
itself in such international networks.
61. To stipulate the indissociable principles for which
every university should stand, including the right to pursue
knowledge for its own sake and to follow wherever the search
for truth may lead; the tolerance of divergent opinion and
freedom from political interference; the obligation as
social institutions to promote, through teaching and
research, the principles of freedom and justice, of human
dignity and to develop mutually material and moral aid on
both national as well as international levels.
62. To collect data regarding the new forms of higher
education over the ensuing half century with special
reference to the number of universities, of academic staff,
of students, of the emergence of a world economy, of its
benefits and its dangers with a view to locating the
required practical nature of the university's historic and
abiding commitment to universalism, pluralism and humanism.
63. To evaluate whether in the course of the twentieth
century, which has seen an unparalleled growth in knowledge,
in research and their diffusion, the universities have
shouldered the responsibilities in the common endeavour of
human development, social, economic, technical and cultural
advancement, and in responding to the major planetary
problems such as environmental protection and poverty
eradication, violence and social exclusion.
64. To promote the philosophy that human development and the
continued extension of knowledge depend upon the freedom to
examine, to enquire, and that academic freedom and
university autonomy are essential to that end.
65. To urge universities to seek, establish and disseminate
a clearer understanding of Sustainable development -
"development which meets the needs of the present without
compromising the needs of future generations" - and
encourage more appropriate sustainable development
principles and practices at the local, national and global
levels, in ways consistent with their missions.
66. To utilise resources of the university to encourage a
better understanding on the part of the Central and the
State Governments and the public at large of the
inter-related physical, biological and social dangers facing
the planet Earth, and to recognise the significant
interdependence and international dimensions of sustainable
67. To emphasise the ethical obligation of the present
generation to overcome those practices of resource
utilisation and those widespread disparities which lie at
the root of environmental unsustainability.
68. To enhance the capacity of the university to teach and
undertake research and action in society on sustainable
development principles, to increase environmental literacy,
and to enhance the understanding of environmental ethics
within the university and with the public at large.
69. To cooperate with one another and with all segments of
society in the pursuit of practical and policy measures to
achieve sustainable development and thereby safeguard the
interests of future generations.
70. To encourage universities to review their own operations
to reflect best sustainable development practices.
71. To make an institutional commitment to the principle and
practice of sustainable development within the academic
milieu and to communicate that commitment to its students,
its employees and to the public at large.
72. To promote sustainable consumption practices in its own
73. To develop the capacities of its academic staff to teach
74. To encourage among both staff and students an
environmental perspective, whatever the field of study.
75. To utilise the intellectual resources of the university
to build strong environmental education programmes.
76. To encourage interdisciplinary and collaborative
research programmes related to sustainable development as
part of the institution's central mission and to overcome
traditional barriers between disciplines and departments.
77. To emphasise the ethical obligations of the university
community - current students, faculty and staff - to
understand and defeat the forces that lead to environmental
degradation, and the inter-generational inequities; to work
at ways that will help its academic community, and the
graduates, and the governments that support it, to accept
these ethical obligations.
78. To promote interdisciplinary networks of environmental
experts at the local, national and international levels in
order to disseminate knowledge and to collaborate on common
environmental projects in both research and education.
79. To promote the mobility of staff and students as
essential to the free trade of knowledge;
80. To forge partnerships with other sectors of society in
transferring innovative and appropriate technologies that
can benefit and enhance sustainable development practices.
81. To devote its activities to the study of systems,
institutions and processes in higher education to specially
focus on the historical role of higher education in society,
contemporary policy problems, and how universities and
colleges can change to meet the growing educational,
research, and public service needs of a "knowledge" society.
82. To promote public confidence that quality of provision
and standards of awards in higher education are being
safeguarded and enhanced.
83. To help other confederal bodies of universities and
higher education institutions in other countries aimed at
providing quality education and at supporting synergistic
ventures in teaching, examination, research and community
84. To seek to make a significant contribution to the
understanding of policy-making, governance and management of
universities and other higher education institutions.
85. To emphasise equity and access and the improvement of
educational experiences of people of all age levels and
86. To include partnerships with other like minded
organisations to address a wide array of problems, drawing
upon the insights of academic disciplines and professional
87. To meet the widely felt need in the Indian subcontinent
for a centre for policy research and cooperation in
education in the Indian perspective, with the sole purpose
to contribute to policy analysis in education and training,
to carry out evaluation of systems, reforms, programmes and
institutions, and to provide technical assistance and
support to all interested actors in this field.
88. To help the member universities in designing new
information and communications technologies for heralding as
a revolution for the world of learning and to fulfil the
promise of better and cheaper higher education for more
89. To review the open and distance learning in the context
of present challenges and opportunities, describe relevant
concepts and contribution, outline significant current
global and regional trends, suggest policy and strategy
considerations and identify CIU's role in capacity building,
national as well international cooperation.
89. To maintain an inventory of successful strategies to
increase the participation of women in higher education and
promote the principle of gender equity, and to increase
access and retention as well as to improve the quality of
education for all women in universities.
90. To serve as a clearing house of information for
providing regular opportunities for the discussion on
university development in general and on academic
development in particular with a view to assisting the
member universities in the recruitment and placement of
faculty and staff, exchange of teachers and students and in
the development of cooperative arrangements.
91. To establish relations with significant players and
opinion makers from education, business, culture, law, and
government sectors in order to facilitate strategic
alliances with other organisations.
92. To support preparation, production and widespread
distribution of educational materials on higher education
with a view to strengthen the employment generation
92. To help promote such new Central and State legislation
or amendments as may be deemed necessary for the development
of higher education.
93. To encourage the students of all universities to be
active, to emphasize the personal nature of learning, to
accept that difference is desirable, to recognise student's
right to make mistakes, to tolerate imperfection, encourage
openness of mind, to make feel respected and accepted, to
facilitate discovery, to put emphasis on self evaluation in
cooperation, and to permit confrontation of ideas.
94. To promote the hypothesis that learning is primarily
controlled by the learner, is unique and individual, is
affected by the total state of the learner, is cooperative
and collaborative, is a consequence of experience, is not
directly observable, is both an emotional and intellectual
process, is evolutionary process, is development oriented,
and, is quite sustainable.
95. To collaborate, affiliate and federate with the Central
and the State Governments, agencies and bodies for
implementing the projects on higher education.
96. To raise and borrow money for the purpose of the
Confederation in such a manner as may be decided from time
to time and to prescribe the membership fees, charges,
grants in aid etc.
97. To purchase, take on lease or exchange, hire or
otherwise acquire properties, movable or immovable and
rights and privileges all over the world, which may be
deemed necessary or convenient for the benefit of the
Confederation and to sell, lease, mortgage, dispose or
otherwise deal with all or any part of the property of the
98. To open branches, chapters and constitutent centres in
different parts of the country and get them registered with
appropriate authorities if needed and felt conducive for the
attainment of the aims and objects of the Confederation.
99. To invest the money of the Confederation not immediately
required in such securities and in such manner as may be
decided from time to time, the money especially collected
through subscriptions, advertisements, sponsorship, sale of
publications, fees, gifts, endowments, donations, grants
100. To finally provide information, knowledge, wisdom, and
education that prepares every body for educational
leadership and social responsibility enabling to think and
communicate effectively and to develop a global awareness
and sensitivity for a better global understanding, world
peace and unity.
101. And to generally do all that is incidental and
conducive to the attainment of the aims and objects