The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) is an association formed by the universities of Barcelona (UB), Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Girona (UdG), Lleida (UdL), Rovira i Virgili (URV) and Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). It was established in 1997 with the aim of representing and promoting the public universities of Catalonia. ACUP's mission is to support the work of its member universities and unite their strenghts for knowledge sharing and good practice. The Global University Network for innovation (GUNi) is an international network creating in 1999 by UNESCO and UNU after UNESCO's World Confenrece on Higher Education in 1997. The mission of GUNi is to strenghten the role of higher education in society, contributing to the renewal of the visions, missions and policies of higher education across the world under a vision of public service, relevance, sustainability and social responsibility. The network is currently composed of 227 members from 80 countries, which includes the UNESCO Chairs in Higher Education, higher education institutions, research centers and networks related to innovation and the social commitment of higher education.