The University Social Responsibility Network (USRN)

Based on the belief that universities have obligation to work together to address the economic, social, cultural and environmental challenges in the world and to find solutions so as to make our world more just, inclusive, peaceful and sustainable, the University Social Responsibility Network (USRN) was established in 2015, bringing together a group of thought leaders to exchange ideas, resources, practices of varied scope and scale to steer global discussion and development of USR in higher education.


  • Be an effective collaborative platform for all USR Network members in pursuit and fulfilment of university social responsibility.
  • Be an important global player in spearheading USR strategic development for the betterment of our universities and of the world.


  • To provide a platform for exchange of ideas, resources, policies, practices, problems and solutions to foster USR among member institutions.
  • To develop collaborative USR projects with varied scopes and scales within the Network.
  • To contribute to the global discussions and development of USR through networking and partnership within the Network, as well as with other networks and alliances.

In 2019, al-Farabi Kazakh National University became a member of the University Social Responsibility Network (USRN), which brings together leading universities from around the world such as the University of Manchester (UK), Peking University (China), Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and others.