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April 1, 2010 The Talloires Network E-Newsletter

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Papers and Publications

Upcoming Events

Featured Program

Resource of the Month 


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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

Rob Hollister
Dean of the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service

Elizabeth Babcock
Talloires Network Coordinator

John Pollock
Talloires Network Program Assistant 


Talloires Network Steering Committee

Lawrence S. Bacow, Chair
President, Tufts University

John J. DeGioia
President, Georgetown University

Juan Ramón de la Fuente
President, International Association of Universities

Brenda Gourley
Former Vice-Chancellor, The Open 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.JPGLate last month, the Talloires Network convened a group of 20 leaders in higher education civic engagement, including members of the Network’s Steering Committee, at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Conference Center in Italy. I am pleased to report that we had a fruitful and energizing discussion about the state of social responsibility in higher education and how best to move forward the global movement of engaged universities. Participants came to the conference from all over the world and brought to the discussion a wide range of unique perspectives. We reviewed the state of higher education civic engagement worldwide and addressed issues such as the relationship of the global Talloires Network with our regional partners, and how we can best support their work; new ways of engaging students, faculty, and policymakers; how to communicate our message to various audiences, including universities that are not yet engaged with their communities; and how to ensure that our governance structure and fundraising strategy sustain the Network. A more detailed report on the conference outcomes will be available soon. In the meantime, visit our website to learn more about the participants and agenda, and to read presentations from a number of our regional partners. We are grateful to the Rockefeller Foundation for its support of this important conference.

I believe the tremendous exchange of ideas at Bellagio has reaffirmed the Talloires Network’s leading role in advancing the cause of higher education civic engagement worldwide. You, our members, have made a commitment to engage with your own communities and to support your peer institutions’ efforts in this field. I am confident that we will make great progress in the coming months.


Bellagio Conference: "Higher Education Responding to Social Needs"

Participants (website).JPGWith the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Talloires Network convened 20 leaders in higher education at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Conference Center in Italy from March 23-26. "The Talloires Network: Higher Education Responding to Social Needs" brought together Network Secretariat staff, Steering Committee members, regional partners, university presidents, and foundation heads. The conference addressed key issues in the field of higher education civic engagement. We reviewed the goals and progress of the Network, focusing particularly on our collaborations with regional networks and partners who share our vision. Other issues on the agenda included policy advocacy, communications, and the role of leadership in fostering social responsibility in higher education. Learn more>> 


Pearson Prize for Higher Education

Pearson Prize.jpgThe Pearson Prize for Higher Education is an award initiative developed by the Pearson Foundation in partnership with the National Society of Collegiate Scholars to reward those students who have made a significant impact on their local campus and/ or in their local community through work on specific projects and programs. The Prize will offer 20 awards of $20,000 each, and 50 awards of $500 each. Students must be US citizens or permanent residents to apply. The deadline is April 11. Learn more>>

Call for Good Practices in University Sustainability

GUNI.JPGGUNI’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>>

Papers and Publications

Community Engagement in South African Higher Education

CHE logo.JPGThe objective of this paper is to bring together perspectives on community engagement in South African Higher Education in order to assist the National Research Foundation (NRF) in drawing up a programme for funding research in this area, to inform the further development of the Council on Higher Education’s (CHE) quality evaluation criteria for community engagement, and to contribute to the CHE’s advice to the Minister of Education on the appropriate place of community engagement in the national Higher Education system. Read the paper>>

The World We Want: Creating a New Architecture of Knowledge

In this article, Budd Hall, University of Victoria (Canada) Chan Lean Heng, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Rajesh Tandon, Society for Participatory Research, (India) highlight the importance of community-university research partnerships and present the philosophy and activities of the Global Alliance for Community Engaged Research. Read the article at GUNI’s website>>

Upcoming Events

For a complete list of upcoming events, visit our website>>

CGI U Meeting 2010. University of Miama, Florida (USA). April 16-18, 2010.

CGIU.gifThe 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

Campus Community Partnerships for Health logo.gifCommunity-Campus Partnerships for Health promotes health (broadly defined) through partnerships between communities and higher educational 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. Proposals for a workshop, creative arts-based discussion, or poster session at the conference are due October 16, 2009. Learn more>>

IODL&ICEM 2010 Conference and Media Days. Eskişehir, Turkey. October 6-8, 2010

Anadolu University and the International Council for Educational Media (ICEM-CIME) are organizing this conference to bring together administrators, instructors, researchers, learners, and policy-makers to discuss the issues and trends in the field of open and distance learning. The four subthemes will be:

  • Design of Open & Distance Learning
  • Leadership and Management in Open & Distance Learning
  • Impact of Contemporary and Emerging Media on Open & Distance Learning
  • Evaluation and Research in Open & Distance Learning

Proposals for papers, panels, and workshops are due May 31. Learn more>>

10th International Research Conference on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, "International Perspectives: Crossing Boundaries through Research." October 28-31, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana (USA).

IARSLCE.JPGCo-sponsored by the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement, the Center for Service and Learning at IUPUI, and Indiana Campus Compact, this conference is targeted to those interested in research on service-learning, campus-community partnerships, and civic outcomes of education. Presenters will include faculty and administrators in higher education, educators in K-12, and scholars and practitioners in educational policy and community development. Scholars and attendees from outside of the United States are encouraged to attend and present to advance mutual understanding of this work from multiple perspectives. Learn more>>

Featured Program

Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO), University of Cape Town, South Africa

SHAWCO.jpgEstablished by a medical student in 1943, SHAWCO has remained a student-led organization and has grown to over 1700 student volunteers. SHAWCO is now divided into two main service sectors: SHAWCO Education and SHAWCO Health. SHAWCO Education addresses significant gaps in the current schooling system by offering after-school and weekend tutoring in a range of subjects to Grade 3-12 learners from disadvantaged areas across the Cape Metropole. SHAWCO Health addresses lack of access to primary health care by providing mobile medical, health and rehabilitation, health promotion and HIV counseling and testing services to 6 different communities on a weekly basis, and a specialized pediatric clinic on a monthly basis. Learn more at SHAWCO’s website>>

Resource of the Month

National Service-Learning Clearinghouse

Learn and Serve Clearinghouse.jpgProvided by Learn and Serve America, the Clearinghouse is a comprehensive resource on service-learning. Resources found on the Clearinghouse include tool kits, webinars, and sample service-learning syllabi. These resources are geared toward a US audience, but can be adapted for a variety of contexts. Learn more>>






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