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December 14, 2010

HACU attends Academic Impact launch in New York

HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores and Associate Vice President for Programs, Services and International Affairs Álvaro Romo were among the attendees at the formal launch of the United Nations (UN) Academic Impact, a collaborative initiative with the academic world. The announcement launch was made by Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki Moon, during a two-day conference last month at UN Headquarters in New York City.

Attendees included 167 representatives from 40 countries, who took part in a series of related seminars and activities to share ideas on matching academic innovation with the work of the UN.

Academic Impact is a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the UN in actively supporting ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, literacy, sustainability and conflict resolution. Under this initiative, participating colleges and universities must actively demonstrate support of at least one of the principles each year.

In 2009, HACU signed on as a partner organization and through outreach has encouraged its members to participate. Today, nearly 500 universities, of which approximately 28 are HACU-member institutions, from more than 90 countries have joined the Initiative.

More information available at the Academic Impact website