|February 1, 2010||The Talloires Network E-Newsletter|
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About the Talloires Network
Innovations in Civic Participation and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University serve as the Secretariat of the Talloires Network.
Talloires Network Steering Committee
Lawrence S. Bacow, Chair
John J. DeGioia
Juan Ramón de la Fuente
Mónica Jiménez de la Jara
José Ignacio Moreno León
Update from the Chair: President Larry Bacow
The tragic events in Haiti last month highlighted the tremendous potential of engaged and socially responsible institutions of higher education to make a difference—not just in their own communities, but around the world. Universities across the globe, including many Talloires Network institutions, have mobilized resources to provide disaster relief to the Haitian people. Universities have raised millions of dollars for relief efforts, and many schools of medicine have sent doctors and nurses to provide medical care to those injured in the earthquake. I have been particularly inspired by the initiative taken by many university students to aid the relief efforts. It is a poignant reminder that the energy and idealism of young people is an invaluable resource for positive social change, and that universities have a responsibility to encourage and mobilize their students. Information about what Talloires Network members are doing to help the people of Haiti is available on our website.
I am also pleased to announce that we received a total of 66 nominations, from 54 universities in 27 countries, for this year’s MacJannet Prize. The quality and range of the projects nominated reflects the growth and increasing diversity of the Talloires Network itself. The Network staff and the Prize Selection Committee are now reviewing the nominations, and the eight winners will be announced in April. Look for more information on our website in the coming weeks.
The Talloires Network received 66 nominations from 54 universities in 27 countries for this year’s MacJannet Prize. The Talloires Network is currently evaluating the nominations. The award winners will be announced in April. To learn more about the MacJannet Prize, visit our website>>
Simon Fraser University in Canada is developing a new curriculum and approach to improving the literacy and essential skills of adults living in inner-city environments. The two-year project will create authentic learning opportunities to fit people’s real lives. For example, it will integrate literacy and skills training into information materials on the area’s critical health concerns such as HIV/AIDS. The overall goal, says Judy Smith, acting director of SFU’s Community Education Program, is to improve employment and community involvement among people who are socially excluded. Learn more>>
In 2006 and 2007, the village of Kampung Kundang Ulu was devastated by floods. In response, the students of UKM mobilized to assist in relief efforts. Shortly thereafter, Vice Chancellor Shahabudin announced that UKM was officially adopting the village. What started as a relief project to assist flood victims has now grown into new dimensions in community services, including community health screenings for villagers, ICT literacy programs for school staff and students, and improving English, science and mathematics education in schools. Learn more>>
American colleges and universities have made major efforts to offer humanitarian support to the people of Haiti in the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake. Many universities have undertaken fundraising for the relief efforts, while others have sent medical personnel to Haiti. Read more at the Chronicle of Higher Education>>
Think-tanks to implement the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, or MDG, are being created at five German universities and their partner institutions in the south. Provided with EUR5 million (US$7 million) per institution over five years, the scientists and scholars are developing international networks focusing on the various MDGs. The centres feature an interdisciplinary approach and seek to support networks bringing together researchers from various countries in north-south and south-south collaborative programmes. Learn more at University World News>>
GUNI’s 5th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education on November 23-26, 2010 will focus on higher education sustainability. GUNI has issued a call for Good Practices in higher education sustainability in the areas of teaching, research, community engagement, and institutional management/operations. The selected good practices will be presented in the parallel sessions at the Conference and will be published in the next Report Higher Education in the World 4. Visit GUNI’s website to learn more>>
The University of Texas at Austin and Dell are searching for student social entrepreneurs to dream up ingenious ideas to change the world. Students at universities and colleges around the world are invited to enter the 2010 Dell Social Innovation Competition for a chance to win $50,000 to turn their ideas into a new business or nonprofit with a mission to change lives for the better. The deadline to enter is March 1, 2010. Students can learn more or submit their ideas on the competition’s website>>
The Jenzabar Foundation has opened the nomination process for its third annual Student Leadership Awards. The awards will honor ten student-led campus groups or activities that have made a difference in the world through community service and philanthropic activities. A $5,000 grant is included with the recognition to support the student or group’s future humanitarian endeavors. Nominations are open to students enrolled in any accredited institution of higher education and can be submitted by individuals, educations institutions, or non-profit organizations. Nominations are due by 31 March 2010. Learn more>>
There are a number of issues and debates surrounding notions of citizenship, including how civil society prepares its population or particular sub-populations for engaged democratic participation. This text is intended to contemplate the role and methods of post-secondary/tertiary sector educational institutions in preparing citizens for meaningful participation in democracies, whether long-standing, young or emerging. Proposals of 1-3 pages should be sent via email attachment (in Word or PDF), in English containing a draft title, abstract, and outline; along with a current CV or résumé to email@example.com by Tuesday, March 1st, 2010. Learn more>>
This special issue explores the state of service learning in Asian higher education, including contributions from Hong Kong, Indonesia, and India. New Horizons in Education is a bilingual [English and Chinese] forum to stimulate and enhance professional development and practice in education. Read the issue>>
The 21st Annual National Service-Learning Conference. San Jose, California. March 24-27, 2010.
This conference is the largest gathering of youth and practitioners involved in service-learning, drawing approximately 2,500 attendees from across the United States and around the world each year. Through three days of general sessions, thought leader series, service-learning projects, and networking, the conference engages participants in local, national, and global issues that service-learning addresses. Come explore more than 100 exhibits, and nearly 150 hands-on workshops and service-learning projects. Learn more>>
CGI U Meeting 2010. University of Miama, Florida (USA). April 16-18, 2010.
The third annual Clinton Global Initiative – University (CGI U) meeting will bring together students, university presidents, and national youth organizations to create and implement Commitments to Action across five Global Challenge Areas: Education, Environment & Climate Change, Peace & Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. The CGI U 2010 meeting will be arranged around plenary sessions, working sessions, and skill sessions, all of which allow members to interact with one another and formulate commitments and productive partnerships. An up-to-date schedule of events will be forthcoming. Learn more>>
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) 11th conference: "Creating the Future We Want to Be: Transformation through Partnerships." May 12-15, 2010 in Portland, Oregon
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health promotes health (broadly defined) through partnerships between communities and higher education institutions. The conference agenda is designed to facilitate opportunities for participants to engage in substantive discussions, gain new knowledge and practical skills, think critically about their work and take action individually and collectively. Learn more>>
Resource of the Month
The NCCPE was established in 2008 in the UK as part of the Beacons for Public Engagement Initiative, which is designed to create a culture of change across the higher education sector. The NCCPE co-ordinates, gathers, and shares learning across UK universities and research institutes. Visit the NCCPE website to access toolkits for various aspects of university civic engagement>>
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