The UNIS program serves to assess the nature and extent of the impact that a university may have on its immediate environment. This system was originally created by the FNEGE for business schools (BSIS), and then adapted for engineering schools (ENSIS). A new version, specially designed for universities, is now available (UNIS). It is built on the expertise developed by the FNEGE since 2013 in the area of assessing the impact of higher education institutions.
UNIS identifies the contributions, both tangible and intangible, that a university brings to its environment through its teaching and research activities.
A university spends money in its impact zone, it purchases goods and services, provides jobs and pays salaries, which are partially spent in the area. It attracts and retains students in its impact zone who live there and who spend money on their daily needs.
In addition to this quantitative impact in terms of jobs and spending, a university also contributes to the social and cultural life of its environment. Its teaching faculty responds to the needs of public and private organizations and companies in the region through the development of continuing and executive education programs as well as the outputs of certain research projects and partnerships. Its students bring energy to life in the region and offer a pool of valuable talent once they graduate.
Through its research agenda and the numerous events that it organizes every year, the university provides an important intellectual meeting place, along with the introduction of new ideas on diverse topics that are crucial, not only to companies, but also to all the political and social organizations in the region. Furthermore, the university contributes significantly to the image of the region.
At a time when all public and private organizations are increasingly accountable and must provide reports on their activities, there is a real need to show the impact that business schools have on their environment, backed up by solid documentation. This is particularly the case when they are financed or supported politically and economically by local stakeholders.