Global Forum 2022

Higher Education Leadership


Democracy, Sustainability, and Social Justice


Sponsored by the Global Cooperation for the Democratic Mission of Higher Education

June 16-17, 2022

Hosted at Dublin City University


COVID-19 exposed and deepened extreme inequities both in and across countries. The pandemic also highlighted the fragility of democratic systems, with the increasing erosion of participatory democracy, the strengthening of identity and nationalistic politics, and the promotion of populist anti-intellectualism, involving attacks on science and knowledge itself. 

At the same time, demands for basic human rights, social and racial justice, and economic equity are increasing in many parts of the world. Opposition to police violence against Black people in the US, for example, has dramatically expanded multiracial activism through the Black Lives Matter Movement. This is part of a broader international reckoning regarding ethnic bigotry, the status and rights of refugees, and the obligation of Western countries to acknowledge and learn from their histories of racial, colonial and ethnic exploitation.

These developments are occurring as the planet has reached and daily exceeds a climate tipping point, further destabilizing human societies, precipitating massive waves of migration, and threatening to move millions more into poverty.

The need for higher education to promote sustainability and racial and social justice, as well as advance and maintain democracy, has never been more apparent.

Higher education institutions, perhaps uniquely, are expected to look both backwards and forwards, to understand history and forge innovation that fuels the future, creating and expanding a knowledge project that aims at the broadest social benefit. While each institution is a product of its particular national and local history, they also share a global context and democratic purpose. It is crucial that higher education institutions work together to realize that common purpose and stand for universal values necessary for democracy such as tolerance, equity, diversity, inclusivity, open inquiry, human rights and the rule of law.

It is time to fundamentally reimagine the modern college and university. The modern college and university must function as a genuine public good, adequately supported by national and state budgets and independent of political interference and control.  Higher education institutions can do so only if they can demonstrate that they do, in fact, serve the public good, teach and reach multiple communities, foster student leadership and engagement, treat students as members of the academic community rather than as clients, develop a knowledge project commensurate with the problems we face, and act with other institutions and communities to help solve those problems.

The 2022 Global Forum on “Higher Education Leadership for Democracy, Sustainability, and Social Justice” is an international gathering for higher education leaders and representatives of public authorities and local, regional, national, and international organizations that will provide an opportunity to critically explore and actively advance higher education’s role in constructing a more equitable, sustainable, democratic world. 

The Global Forum will address the following questions:

  • How can universities and colleges work together locally, nationally, and globally to cooperatively respond to populist attacks on democracy itself, including attacks on electoral systems, free and independent media, and truth?
  • How does academia redesign and engage in social and racial justice work in democratic collaboration with others within and beyond its campus?
  • How does a commitment to the United Nations Agenda 2030 and related Sustainable Development Goals contribute to the university’s or college’s democratic mission as well as teaching and research and partnerships in the community and wider society?
  • What deeper and new relationships need to be built with our local communities, especially those most devastated by the pandemic and its aftermath, in light of persistent inequalities?
  • What new institutional practices help sustain and engage the most at-risk students, while ensuring that all students are educated to be ethical, empathetic, justice-seeking democratic citizens? 

The Global Forum is designed to contribute to an international movement that reimagines how colleges and universities work with local and global partners to create more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable democratic societies.  The Forum will be a unique opportunity for representatives from around the world to learn from and contribute to realizing higher education’s democratic mission.

This is the seventh global forum that has developed as a core component of a cooperation among the Council of Europe and the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility, and Democracy since 1999.  In 2018, the cooperation was expanded to include the Organization of American States; and in 2019, the International Association of Universities joined. In January 2021, the partners established the Global Cooperation for the Democratic Mission of Higher Education.                     

The Global Forum 2022 will be held June 16-17, 2022, hosted at Dublin City University, with an optional pre-conference session on the afternoon of June 15.

Key Global Forum 2022 Documents:


Additional Background Information from Previous Forums:



The 2022 Global Forum is the first gathering co-hosted by the Global Cooperation of the Democratic Mission of Higher Education formed in 2021 between the Council of Europe, the International Association of Universities, the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy, and the Organization of American States. It marks the seventh global forum convened by the Council of Europe and the International Consortium who have worked in cooperation since 1999.

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Conference Registration

Please note this is an invitational forum and if you received an invitation from the forum organisers, please RSVP here.


Registration for the Pre-Conference Event

If you would like to participate in the Community Visit event, please sign up  here.



Throughout the campus and nearby (across the road) you will find a selection of small cafes perfect for a snack or a coffee, but we would recommend the Main Restaurant at St Patrick's Campus for the conference lunches on 16th and 17th June. 

If you are planning to have lunch on site at the conference venue (i.e. in the Main Restaurant at St Patrick's), please  purchase a lunch voucher before 6th June 2022. The lunch vouchers are available here:



The venue for the Higher Education Leadership for Democracy, Sustainability, and Social Justice Global Forum 2022 is E-Block Foyer, Dublin City University, St Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland (






Recommended Accommodation   

Distance to Conference Venue

Distance to Dublin City Centre      

Average Price per Room per Night

 DCU Rooms (* please see Booking Process below for details)

All Hallows Campus



€99 (single)

€139 (double)

 DCU Rooms (* please see Booking Process below for details) )

Glasnevin Campus



€70 (Single Ensuite B&B)

€120 (€60 per person, Double/Twin Ensuite

*DCU Rooms Booking Process: 
Please book on  before  20.04.2022

After the expiry date, you can still enquire with directly by emailing them or by checking best available rates online but rooms cannot be guaranteed after the expiry date.   



Other Accomodation

Distance to Conference Venue

Distance to Dublin City Centre  Average Price per Room per Night

SKYLON Hotel Dublin



Sold out

The Bonnington Dublin Hotel



Sold out

Aloft Dublin City 



Sold out

Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport 5.5km 8.1km €364
Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport 5.9km 8.6km €304
Hotel St George by Nina 2.9km 0.8km €282
Holiday Inn Express Dublin City Centre, an IHG Hotel 4.6km 0.1km €282
Point A Hotel Dublin Parnell Street 3.4km 0.3km €263
Sonder Mountjoy Square 2.1km 1.5km €272
The Metro Hotel Dublin Airport  4.2km 6.8km €278

For multi-campus map information please see the following link:

DCU Multi-Campus Maps

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Travelling to Ireland, Visa Information and COVID-19


Travel to St Patrick's Campus, Dublin City University
By Air

It is recommended that those attending conference travel to Dublin Airport.
Dublin Airport is one of Europe’s busiest airports, with more than 55 airlines flying to over 190 destinations. The airport is 8.4km from the conference venue at St. Patrick’s Campus, DCU. A taxi for this journey will cost €20-€25.

Two Dublin bus routes serve Dublin Airport and the venue at St. Patrick’s Campus, DCU. The 16 (towards Ballinteer) and the 41 (towards Abbey street) stop outside the Terminal 1 short term car park. The cash fare is €3.30 which must be paid exactly, in coins only, to the bus driver (no notes will be accepted and no change given.)

To find the bus stop from Terminal 1, walk straight out of the arrivals hall, cross the road and walk through the next building to the bus stands. The relevant stop is on your right. From terminal 2 arrivals, head to terminal 1, then follow the above directions.

Other airports in Ireland:

  • Belfast International Airport (please be aware that travelling to UK may require an additional visa for UK)
  • Kerry Airport
  • Shannon Airport


By Sea (Dublin Port)

Dublin is also accessible by sea from Britain and France. The major ferry companies are Irish Ferries and StenaLine. Further information on sailings are available on their websites. Dublin Port is 4.3km from the conference venue at St. Patrick’s Campus, DCU by taxi at a cost of €15-€20.


By Rail (Heuston, Connolly and Drumcondra Stations)

You can  plan your journey with Irish Rail. The closest railway station to the venue is Drumcondra on the Maynooth/Longford/Sligo line which is just one stop from Connolly station. Exit Drumcondra station and turn left, the venue is a 12 minute walk.

Those arriving in Heuston station should exit the station and turn right. Follow the luas line up to James’s street where the 13 (towards Harristown) will bring you to St. Patrick’s Campus, DCU at a cost of €3.30 (coins only, paid to the driver.)

Transport to DCU
Glasnevin Campus

The DCU Glasneivn campus is just a short distance from Dublin city centre, Dublin Airport and both the M50 and M1 motorways. The campus is bordered by Ballymun Road and Collins Avenue. Bus routes servicing Glasnevin Campus:  1, 4, 9, 11, 13, 16, 17a, 31d, 33, 41, 41a, 41b, 41c, 42d, 44, 70d, 104, 220, 155.   


St Patrick’s Campus

St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 is situated on the main Belfast Road (M1), which is also the road from the airport, about 2km to the north of Dublin city centre. Bus routes servicing St Patrick’s campus: 1, 11, 13, 16, 33, 41, 41B, 41C, 44. There are 2 bus stops outside the main entrance to St Patrick’s campus on the Drumcondra road.


All Hallows Campus

The All Hallows Campus is based on Gracepark Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, within a 5 minute walk from the St Patrick's Campus.

Travel throughout the city with Leap

You can avail of cheaper bus/luas fares and daily caps by purchasing a leap card. These cost €5 and can be purchased and topped up in most shops in Dublin city centre.

If you intend to travel a lot during your visit you can avail of daily caps on a leap visitor card: €10 for one day, €19.50 for two days. These can be purchased online or at the airport on your arrival.

Private taxi hire

Download FREE NOW taxi app here

Other useful links

Covid-19 TestsDublin Bus | LUAS | Irish Rail | Irish Ferries | Stena Line | TFI 

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Enquiries should be directed to the organising committee by emailing:

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