Global socio-economic transformations are intensifying pressures over economic competitiveness, nation states’ reductionist role and new socio-economic demands. Universities alike, integrated in market and technology-led societies, are alarmed by economic performativity, quality assurance and students’ skills for employability. Consequently, education for democracy and civic engagement for active citizenship is still considered marginal to core curriculum. The paper addresses the implication of university social dimension and their social responsibility. First, it discusses how social and civic skills ought to be integrated in higher education to promote and develop alternative discourses on students’ education and participation. Secondly, it argues how student social responsibility (SSR) can result crucial to foster the democratic transition in Tunisia and other Arab countries. Finally, it focuses on the relevance of universities’ social dimension as the misled element in higher education undergoing reform.