July 2009 Newsletter


July 1, 2009 The Talloires Network E-Newsletter

 

In This Issue                 
 
Announcements

Talloires Network News

Featured Program

Featured Interview

Higher Education News

Opportunities

Papers and Publications

Upcoming Events

Resource of the Month

  

 

Newest Members       

Notre Dame University – Louaize (Lebanon)

Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (Argentina) 

Universidad de Santiago de Chile (Chile)

University of the West Indies (West Indies)

Simon Fraser University (Canada) 

Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service (Russia)

Midlands State University (Zimbabwe)

Strathmore University (Kenya)

Panjab University (India)

Bayero University (Nigeria)

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana) 

University of Mines and Technology (Ghana)

Dr. D.Y. Patil University, Pune (India)

Universidad Católica de Córdoba (Argentina)

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Tools and Resources

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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. 

 

Contact Us                    

Susan Stroud
ICP Executive Director
stroud@icicp.org

Rob Hollister
Dean of the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service
robert.hollister@tufts.edu

Elizabeth Babcock
Talloires Network Coordinator
babcock@icicp.org

Hannah Ayers
Talloires Network Fellow
ayers@icicp.org

John Pollock
Talloires Network Fellow
pollock@icicp.org 

 

Talloires Network Steering Committee

Lawrence S. Bacow, Chair
President, Tufts University

Brenda Gourley
Vice-Chancellor, The Open University

John J. DeGioia
President, Georgetown University

Mónica Jiménez de la Jara
Minister of Education, Chile

Shamsh Kassim-Lakha
Founding President, Aga Khan University and Member, Board of Governors, Higher Education Commission, Pakistan

Goolam Mohamedbhai
Secretary General, Association of African Universities

José Ignacio Moreno León
Rector, Universidad Metropolitana en Caracas

Sari Nusseibeh
President, Al-Quds University

Janice Reid
Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Sydney

Update from the Chair: President Larry Bacow

President Bacow.JPGThis past month offered Talloires Network members several opportunities to connect with one another, both in person and online. The presentation of the new MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship, held in Talloires, France at the Tufts European Center, brought together representatives of the winning programs, staff members from the Talloires Network, and members of the MacJannet Foundation Board for a beautiful ceremony and a series of practical workshops. Participants enjoyed meeting one another, and they walked away with new resources and ideas for further development of their civic engagement projects.

Two weeks later, the Talloires Network hosted another meeting—this one virtual—marking the launch of the Talloires 24 Student Discussion Series. Students from 17 countries visited the forum to discuss what civic engagement means, and to advise one another on the first steps to take when initiating a civic engagement project. This virtual meeting served as another effective way of sharing information, forming connections, and raising awareness of the innovative civic engagement programs in place at Talloires Network institutions around the world. We hope you’ll join us at our next event in Buenos Aires, or online, to share your expertise and take advantage of our dynamic network.


Announcements

Talloires Network meeting in Latin America

tn_globe.gifThe Talloires Network will convene a meeting of current and prospective members in Latin America with our partner in the region, the Centro Latinoamericano de Aprendizaje y Servicio Solidario (CLAYSS) on August 19, 2009. The meeting will be an excellent opportunity for members of the Talloires Network and universities interested in joining the Network to meet, exchange ideas, and learn about opportunities for collaboration. Learn more on the CLAYSS website, and in Upcoming Events, below>>


Talloires Network News

First Ma’an Alliance Training Institute Opens New Horizons toward Civic Engagement in Beirut

Maan training.JPGThe Ma’an Arab University Alliance for Civic Engagement, Talloires Network’s partner in the Middle East, held their fist training institute last month. Entitled "Expanding Civic Engagement in Arab Universities: A Peer Learning Workshop for Faculty," the institute contextualized civic engagement in the Arab region and offered seminars, a public panel, and a site visit. Read more>>

New! Video of MacJannet Prize winners

MacJannet prize logo2.JPGView a video featuring interviews with representatives from the winners of the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship! Produced through generous support by the Pearson Foundation, the video was filmed during the MacJannet Prize ceremony weekend in Talloires, France. Visit our YouTube channel to watch>>

First Talloires 24 Student Discussion a Success

Discussion.JPGThe first discussion in our series stimulated excellent conversation among students around the world. Students from 17 countries visited the forum, many of them sharing their own perspectives and offering advice. Read a summary of the discussion on our blog, and visit the forum to read the entire discussion>>

The next discussion will take place on Monday, July 20th and will center on the topic "From ideas to action: Strategic planning and project development."


Featured Program

MacJannet Prize third-place winner Alashanek Ya Balady, American University in Cairo

AYB.JPGAlashanek Ya Balady (For you, my country) was established by American University in Cairo (AUC) students in 2002 and is the community service entity of the AUC’s Student Union. AYB’s aim is to develop the society of old Cairo, expand the horizon of the citizens and families there, and provide opportunities for those who want to improve their situations. The primary activities of the program focus on literacy, micro-credit, youth development, English development, and computer learning. In addition to receiving third place for the MacJannet Prize, Alashanek Ya Balady recently won the 2009 King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement. Learn more on the AYB website>>


Featured Interview

Duncan2.JPGDuncan Clough was named a Talloires Network Student Peer Advisor for his demonstrated commitment to civic engagement work with TeachOut at the University of Cape Town. An entirely student-run organization, TeachOut provides tutoring in Math, English, Science and Accounting to approximately 250 learners at disadvantaged schools. Duncan recently participated in the first Talloires 24 Student Discussion, and we spoke with him about the importance of civic engagement, the role of students in initiating outreach work, and advice for his peers. 

Excerpt: "While at university, people are likely to have more independence, flexibility and available time than in any other stage of their lives. It is the perfect time to engage with the community. Community involvement provides students with valuable life experiences and often exposes them to the lives of those less fortunate than themselves. This exposure helps foster a sense of social responsibility which hopefully remains with them for the rest of their lives." Read the full interview>>


Higher Education News

Obama’s cooperation plan for higher education in the US and Islamic world

University World News reports on US President Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo, Egypt, in which he outlined potential cooperation efforts within higher education, such as expanding exchange programs and increasing scholarships. Read the full article>>

Middle East roadmap to promote social innovation within education 

A new roadmap, developed at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East, outlines strategies for higher education in the region to introduce more entrepreneurship and innovation in their curricula. The roadmap calls for educational institutions, governments, and the private sector to collaborate to implement these new goals. Read more>>


Opportunities

World Youth Movement for Democracy Global Essay Contest

Youth contest.JPGThe World Youth Movement for Democracy has announced this year’s questions for its essay contest, including, "How can democracy help address your personal and social concerns (poverty, access to education, pandemics, inequality etc.)? How do you and others in your community address these concerns?" Essays written by youth aged 18-30 years old and submitted by September 15 will be considered. Winners will receive funding to attend the World Movement for Democracy’s Sixth Assembly in Jakarta, Indonesia, in April 2010. Learn more>>


Papers and Publications

Higher Education at a Time of Transformation: New Dynamics for Social Responsibility

Higher ed pub.JPGGlobal University Network for Innovation (GUNI) will  release a new publication, "Higher Education at a Time of Transformation," on July 7 at GUNI’s session of the UNESCO 2009 World Conference on Higher Education in Paris. The new publication is a synthesis of three GUNI reports in which 70 authors from 34 countries analyze the present and future challenges faced by higher education institutions in addressing major social concerns. Participants in the GUNI session at the UNESCO conference will receive a copy of the new publication. Learn more>>


Upcoming Events

2009 AUCEA National Conference. Whyalla, South Australia. July 8-10 2009

 

AUCEA left.JPGThe 2009 conference is hosted by the University of South Australia Centre for Regional Engagement and centers on the theme "Strategic Directions in Regional Engagement through Business, Industry and Community Partnerships." Leaders from across the university, community and business sectors will share, debate and analyse the latest trends and challenges within university-community engagement internationally and at home. Learn more>>

CLAYSS XII International Seminar on Service Learning and Solidarity. Buenos Aires, Argentina. August 20-21, 2009

CLAYSS.JPGThis seminar, co-sponsored by the Centro Latinoamericano de Aprendizaje y Servicio Solidario (CLAYSS) and Argentina’s Ministry of Education is part of the 8th International Week of Service-Learning in Latin America. A Talloires Network meeting will take place before the seminar, described in Talloires Network News, above. Activities will include training, idea exchanges, and visits to service-learning programs. Learn more>>

4th Living Knowledge conference. Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. August 27-29, 2009

Living Knowledge.JPGThe Living Knowledge conference will provide an opportunity for policy makers, academics and civil society organizations to consider current practice and future opportunities in the field of community based research partnerships. It aims to provide opportunities for collaborations and to ensure that this area of work is prioritized on policy agendas both nationally and internationally. Learn more>>


Resource of the Month

Research University Engaged Scholarship Toolkit

Campus Compact.JPGFrom The Research University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN), housed at Campus Compact, comes a new online toolkit providing an annotated guide to the best information available on engaged scholarship, as well as models, exemplars, and original essays. Learn more>>

 

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