March 2016 Newsletter

 


TN Newsletter

Tony MonacoDear friends,

I hope this message finds you and your campus well, whether your university’s school year is just starting or coming to an end.

Our network stretches far and wide across the globe, but we work to ensure that we are not isolated from each other. Next year will bring another opportunity for our members to come together, and the Talloires Network Steering Committee voted to bring our global civic engagement and leadership gathering to the Western Hemisphere for the first time. I am pleased to announce that Universidad Veracruzana (UV) in Mexico has been selected to host the next Talloires Network Leaders Conference (TNLC) during the week of June 19, 2017.

UV is a prominent multi-campus university in the southeastern Mexican state of Veracruz. It recently celebrated its 70th anniversary, and currently enrolls more than 70,000 students in five campuses across the state of Veracruz. Widely recognized for its pioneering engagement initiatives, UV will be an outstanding host for the conference. Working together, we can maximize the impacts of this next global convening and advance university civic engagement. To support this endeavor, please let us know the relevant issues on which you would like TNLC 2017 to focus.

Three new universities have joined the Talloires Network. Vietnam’s Foreign Trade University instills a commitment to service in its more than 25,000 business-oriented students, through a wide-ranging set of initiatives. The majority of its students are involved in extra-curricular efforts for civic service and community-based research. Also in Vietnam, Thai Nguyen University incorporates service-learning into English language development programs. OP Jindal Global University in India engages its surrounding community through a legal services program that adopts villages, encourages access to higher education, and promotes civic participation. These universities demonstrate that institutions can create a positive impact through different disciplines, such as business, language, and law.

The Talloires Network is continually scanning the global university landscape for the most effective and innovative approaches to civic engagement. With this aim in mind, we launched the MacJannet Prize eight years ago. After the recent nomination deadline for the 2016 award, we are proud to announce that we received nominations from 47 university programs in 19 countries. Our Secretariat staff and international selection committee will be reviewing applications over the next few weeks to select initiatives that demonstrate exceptional student-community engagement. The winning programs are sure to be inspiring to all of us.

Best wishes,

Anthony P. Monaco
President, Tufts University
Chair, Talloires Network Steering Committee

 

Civic Engagement Movement Leaders to Convene in Mexico in 2017

Universidad Veracruzana (UV) in Mexico has been selected to host the next Talloires Network Leaders Conference (TNLC) during the week of June 19, 2017. The Talloires Network Steering Committee voted to bring the global civic engagement and leadership gathering to the Western Hemisphere for the first time. TNLC 2017 will continue the important planning, networking and exchange that have characterized previous TN global gatherings. Please let us know on what issues you would like TNLC 2017 to focus. Working together we can maximize the impacts of this next global convening and advance university civic engagement. Read More>>>

 

Talloires Network News

We’d like to congratulate every university civic engagement program that has been nominated for a 2016 MacJannet Prize. Forty-seven programs in 19 countries were nominated for the award’s eighth edition. This year’s winners will be announced in June.

The winners of the University Education for Transformative Leadership in Africa (UETLA) Faculty Support Grants continue to engage through the TN Connects platform. This month, they offer reflections in response to readings on key Talloires Network strategic initiatives in our latest blog post. Read More>>>

New members! We welcome three universities to the Talloires Network family. Visit their profiles to find out more about their community-based work.
Foreign Trade University (Vietnam) || OP Jindal Global University (India) || Thai Nguyen University

 

Partner Network News

 

The Talloires Network is a “network of networks” and we expand knowledge on the civic engagement field by bringing together different perspectives from across the globe. Earlier this month, we participated in Campus Compact’s 30th anniversary conference with an international panel analyzing the need for expanded use of civic engagement as a tool in designing university rankings. Read More>>>

Pictured (L-R): Andrew Seligsohn, President of Campus Compact; Lorlene Hoyt, Director of Research Talloires Network; Hector Opazo, Chile Service Learning Network; Gul Zehra, Pakistan Chapter of Talloires Network; Amy Newcomb Rowe, Talloires Network; and Pilar Aramburuzabala, Spanish Service Learning Network

 

Opportunities and Announcements

The Association of American Colleges and Universities collaborates with the Washington Internship Institute in providing a unique faculty development experience. The Faculty Fellows in Washington DC program offers faculty from all disciplines the opportunity to pursue their professional, disciplinary, and personal interests in a challenging and dynamic professional environment. Learn More>>>

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) partner to recognize the outstanding community-university engagement scholarship work of four-year public universities. The Community-University Engagement Awards Program recognizes colleges and universities that have redesigned their learning, discovery, and engagement missions to become even more involved with their communities. Learn More>>>

Call for proposals: 2nd International Conference on Service-Learning. This event, held in Hong Kong, is an international refereed conference dedicated to promoting the scholarly development of the theories, models and pedagogy of service-learning. Learn More>>>

 

Papers and Publications

The Technopole program at TN-member International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering is one of the demonstration grantees of the Youth Economic Participation Initiative. In their latest TN Connects post, Technopole leaders update us on FasoPro, a social entrepreneurship project that uses caterpillars as a healthy resource to fight malnutrition in Burkina Faso. Learn More>>>

In a recent blog post, we shared the news that ten member universities were included in a list of the world’s “Best Young Universities.” These institutions, founded in the last 50 years, combine excellent academic advancement with influential community-based initiatives. Learn More>>>

 

Upcoming Events

Simon Fraser University’s 50th Anniversary Conference. Vancouver, Canada. July 26-29, 2016
The Centre for Research on International Education and the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, Canada, invite you to participate in an international interdisciplinary conference focusing on internationalization of higher education. The theme of the conference is “Internationalizing Higher Education: Past Practices and Future Possibilities.” Website.

Association of Commonwealth Universities: Conference of University Leaders 2016. Accra International Conference Centre, Ghana, July 27-29, 2016
This conference’s theme is “Defining the responsible university: society, impact and growth.” The ACU Conference of University Leaders is a biennial conference for international leaders in higher education. It will be one of the most high profile higher education events in Africa this year and the ACU’s first event in the region since 1971. ACU Conference page.

2nd International Conference on Service-Learning. Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. December 1-2, 2016
Scholars and students who are interested in a scholarly and evidence-based approach to service-learning are invited to participate and submit papers on relevant themes. Conference website.

We are always updating the conferences calendar on our website. Read More>>>