|December 1, 2008||The Talloires Network E-Newsletter|
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Update from the Chair: President Larry Bacow
As the Talloires Network grows, we are working to provide our members with additional benefits and resources. We sponsor unique opportunities to exchange information on best practices in civic engagement, such as the recent Tadamunn Conference in Cairo. We recognize and support the civic engagement efforts of students at our member universities through initiatives such as the new MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship (deadline December 15, www.macjannetprize.org). And the articles, manuals, toolkits, links, and other resources on our website help our members assess their current civic engagement projects and plan new ones. This month we have placed particular emphasis on expanding our online resources list, including those in languages other than English, and I encourage you to take a look at our resources page.
The Talloires Network is not a centralized, top-down organization. It depends on the experience, dedication, and insights of its members. I encourage you to share your experiences and insights with all members of the network by suggesting tools and resources (in multiple languages) to be posted on the network website, by nominating faculty experts on civic engagement at your universities for inclusion in a database we are developing for the website, and by submitting entries for the Talloires Network blog and this monthly newsletter. Through such contributions, you can help us support the growth of civic engagement in higher education all over the world.
The MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship will recognize and financially support eight exemplary civic engagement projects at Talloires Network member institutions. Nomination forms can be filled out on-line or mailed to the Talloires Network office, and must be received by December 15th. Visit the website>>
CGI U will hold its second annual conference of university students from February 13 to 15, 2009 in Austin, Texas. All applicants to CGI U must make a “Commitment to Action,” pledging to take concrete steps to address a major social issue. The deadline is December 12, 2008. Visit the website to apply>>
Talloires Network Creating Database of Faculty Experts on Civic Engagement
The Talloires Network is asking for nominations of experts on civic engagement in higher education from among the faculties of our member universities. The list will be offered as a resource on our website, and we may also contact experts in particular areas to write entries for our blog. If you have expertise in civic engagement or would like to nominate someone else who does, please contact Hannah Ayers or John Pollock.
Dazzling Technologies: Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Conference. Held in Hyderabad, India. November 28-30, 2008
The ACU held a conference of Executive Heads on the theme "Dazzling Technologies: Seismic shifts in higher education in a fast-changing and unequal world." Brenda Gourley, Chair of the Talloires Network Global Project, also serves as Chair of the ACU. The Talloires Network organized a workshop and a plenary lunch on the importance of international networks. Learn more>>
Vice-Chancellor Saleem Badat of Rhodes University was named a recipient of the Inyathelo Award for Exceptional Philanthropy by the South African Institute for Advancement. The Award is presented to “publicly recognise and acknowledge individual philanthropists who personally play a vital role in the ongoing development of South Africa.” Read More>>
This contribution to the Global Project works closely with six to 16-year-olds with literacy difficulties and their parents, using a holistic, multi-sensory approach to teaching that builds upon each child’s existing strengths and abilities, rather than focusing on their weaknesses. Carol Moxam, Director of the Literacy Clinic, explains: “When these children come to us, their self-esteem is in their shoes. We aim to pick them up and give them and their parents the skills they need to move in the right direction.”
Is your university not listed? E-mail us to have your literacy program included.
The University of Bamako, Ouagadougou University and University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, together with the French Conference of University Presidents (CPU), have agreed to establish a coordinated strategy for higher education and research, promote a regional partnership between African and French universities and contribute to development of West African scientific communities. Read the whole story>>
The Africa-US Higher Education Initiative held an e-consultation from 24 September to 29 October, aimed at: enabling stakeholders to share ideas and best practice on higher education capacity-building; informing the Initiative’s long-term plans; and influencing impending grant awards funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The consultation has ended but the forum remains open to provide a platform for further discussion.
Achieving for Southeast Asia what the Europeans have accomplished with the Bologna process – aligning the Asian region’s 6,500 higher education institutions and 12 million students in 11 vastly different countries, and making their systems compatible within a mere seven years – is ambitious to say the least. But a recent high-powered conference in Bangkok began the first steps to do just that. Read the full article>>
Peer Ederer, Philipp Schuller and Stephan Willms of the Human Capital Centre at the Lisbon Council ranked the university systems of 17 OECD countries based on six criteria: inclusiveness, access, effectiveness, attractiveness, age-range, and responsiveness. They argue that universities should help students ”enjoy, understand, preserve and perhaps even contribute to the all-important cultural legacy which makes our society great; and to give them the analytic capabilities and technical skills they will need to become the intellectual and social backbone” of society. Read the report>>
Gerda Bender, a senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria, presents conceptual analysis of civic engagement in higher education in the journal Perspectives in Education. She argues that "engagement is a fundamentally dynamic and relational process" and a "fundamentally educative practice." Read the article>>
II International Congress of University Volunteerism "University and Volunteerism: Toward a new social agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean" Dominican Republic. December 4-5, 2008
This conference, held December 4th and 5th at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, will the second regional conference supported by the UNDP to discuss the roles on universities in promoting volunteerism and community engagement. The conference is seeking to launch the Latin American Network of University Volunteerism for Social Inclusion. Nieves Tapia of CLAYSS, our partner in Latin America, will attend and represent the Talloires Network. To read the full agenda in Spanish click here>>
Second Annual World Universities Forum. Bombay, India. January 16-18, 2009
Modeled off of the World Economic Forum, the World Universities Forum seeks to foster dialogue on the role of higher education in addressing large social challenges. Topics at this year’s conference include higher education in India and East Asia, development, and the contribution of the U.S. to the global systems of higher education. Brenda Gourley, Vice-Chancellor of the Open University and a Talloires Network Steering Committee member, will be one of the featured speakers. Click here for more information>>
The International Association of Universities, in partnership with the Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Institutos de Enseñanza Superior (ANUIES) is organizing this meeting on international networks within the higher education field. Learn more>>
This site from the National Institute for Literacy provides “subject-oriented collections of high quality instructional resources, including multi-media resources, informed by research, especially scientifically based and other rigorous research, for use by adult education and literacy educators.” Browse the LINCS Resource Collection for literacy-related articles, guides, and toolkits. Visit the website>>
Also, check out our new Foreign Language Resources page for resources in Arabic, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Ukrainian.
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