Judging by the latest edition of the QS University Rankings’ Top 50 Under 50 list, there is a strong parallel between universities that have made a formal commitment to civic engagement and how positively they are ranked. Ten out of the 50 selected universities are members of our network. These universities, all founded in the last 50 years, execute a diverse range of impacting programs that are making a difference in local communities all over the world.
The highest ranked TN member on the list is Hong Kong Polytechnic University, which is listed at number six. An institution with a strong commitment to the advancement of the Talloires Network, Hong Kong Poly is represented in our steering committee by its president, Timothy Tong. Last year, the university led the effort to form the University Social Responsibility Network, which will create a new cohort of institutions to create a shared and focused approach to civic engagement. Its “PolyU Has a Heart” program was among the winners of the 2012 MacJannet Prize.
Here’s the list of all Talloires Network members that were recognized:
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
University of Technology, Sydney
Queensland University of Technology
Hong Kong Baptist University
Universiti Sains Malaysia
University Kebangsaan Malaysia
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Dublin City University
In the last few years, Talloires Network leaders have emphasized the need to advocate for consideration of civic engagement activities in how university rankings are created. Our steering committee’s chair and vice-chair, Anthony Monaco of Tufts University and Cheryl de la Rey of the University of Pretoria, authored a short piece for Times Higher Education last year. They wrote: “A more balanced, realistic, and productive assessment of university performance requires systematic attention to civic and social engagement.”