Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Update from the Chair: President Mark GearanAs I reflect on the Talloires Network and its growing membership, I am reminded of the critical role that the Network seeks to play in generating financial resources for the support of civic engagement in higher education, both for its members and more broadly.To date, the Talloires Network has sought to serve two main functions in the funding arena. First, it strives to cultivate funding for its members and activities of its Secretariat. Through programs like the Youth Economic Participation Initiative and Ciudadanía Activa (see article below), the Talloires Network tries to support the excellent civic and community engagement work of its member institutions.We also pursue another goal – to encourage private and public funders to increase how much they invest in higher education civic engagement work around the world. The collective voice of university leaders has great potential in this regard; working together, we advocate the importance and value of investing in the “third mission” of universities. In keeping with this commitment, this July, the Steering Committee members will participate in a roundtable with funders to encourage continued support, and stimulate new support, for this critical dimension of higher education.Generating funding for the community engagement work being undertaken by Talloires Network members is a key priority and challenge. What thoughts do you have on strategies that the Talloires Network can employ to expand financial resources for the engaged university movement?
April signals the tenth installment of our Leaders in the Civic Engagement Movement series. This issue features Rafael Velasco, Rector of the Universidad Católica de Córdoba and member of the Talloires Network Steering Committee. Learn More>>
Four Chilean universities have completed two rounds of community service projects supported by the TN with a grant from the Walmart Foundation – 3 in 2011-12 and 3 in 2012-13. The university projects achieved significant impacts on both community needs and students’ development. Learn More>>
To launch the release of Transforming Cities and Minds Through the Scholarship of Engagement: Economy, Equity and Environment, a book by the Talloires Network’s Director of Programs and Research, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Community Innovators Lab (M.I.T. CoLab), the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE), and the Talloires Network co-sponsored an interactive webinar on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. The webinar was recorded and can be accessed at your convenience. Learn More>>
Proposals are being accepted now through April 12 for the 2013 International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSCLE) Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, November 6-8, 2013. The theme of this year’s conference is Reinvigorating our Process of Discovery: Research Informing Practice in Service-Learning and Community Engagement. For more information about the 2013 conference, to view the call, or to submit a proposal, please visit www.researchslce.org/conferences.
Nicola Jenvey reports for University World News on the position of Goos Minderman, public governance professor at Vrije Universiteit, that “social entrepreneurship should be the new engagement for individuals and the public and private sectors, with implications for university training – especially in Africa.” This view was shared at an innovation and research day held by the Graduate School of Business Leadership at the University of South Africa in March 2013. Learn More>>
Future Focus: 2013 National Workforce Development Strategy
In March 2013, the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency, published the second national workforce development strategy for Australia. The report builds on a strategy work from 2010 and aims to “realise Australia’s growth potential through a highly skilled and adaptable workforce.” Download the report>>
The Editorial Board of the International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IJRSLCE) invites manuscript submissions to the following four sections: Research Articles, Theoretical or Conceptual Articles, Review Articles, and Book Reviews. The submission deadline is May 15. Learn More>>
In an article written for University World News, Goolam Mohamedbhai writes that “there is a rich body of indigenous knowledge embodied in Africa’s cultural and ecological diversities, and African people have drawn on this knowledge for hundreds of years to solve specific developmental and environmental problems.” Learn More>>
The Association of Atlantic Universities recently published a policy paper which argues that in order to “foster social and economic growth” for government and businesses, universities must first focus on educating “Atlantic Canada’s future leaders.” Learn More>>
One of the main takeaways of the British Council’s Going Global conference, held in Dubai from March 4-6, writes Katherine Forestier for University World News, is the notion that “countries in developing regions must step up higher education to a level where their people are creators rather than merely consumers of knowledge.” Learn More>>
St. Mary’s College of California will be hosting a learning community from August 2-4, 2013 in Moraga, California. Participants will learn best practices and leave with a solid foundation for implementing a quality service-learning course. This event is an intentional work-space for a limited number of participants to focus on the conceptualization and the “nuts and bolts” of creating a quality learning experience for students, faculty, and community partners. Learn More>>
The University of Brighton, in partnership with NIACE, is preparing a book on Student Community Engagement (referred to as Service Learning, Engaged Pedagogies, Community Based Learning etc. in other parts of the world) and would like to include case studies written by students in the book. These case studies should be around 500 words long and provide a reflective account of the experience and what the student learned from it. Learn More>>
Edited by Dr. Lorlene Hoyt and written by engaged scholars and practitioners, Transforming Cities and Minds is an “instrument-for-action” on the problems faced by U.S. cities that have suffered from decades of disinvestment. The book advocates the concept of reciprocal knowledge: real learning on both sides, campus and city, through a complex network of human relationships.Learn More>>
Lifelong Learning, the Arts, and Community Cultural Engagement in the Contemporary University maps the work of adult educators, teachers, researchers and graduate students from North America, Europe and Africa who use the arts in their university classroom teaching, their research and in service. It is written specifically for graduate students, and educators working in higher education, communities, schools, and practitioners who want to learn how to better integrate the arts in their practice to critically and creatively communicate, teach, make meaning, uncover, and involve. Learn More>>
Written by Mohammed el-Nawawy and Sahar Khamis, Egyptian Revolution 2.0: Political Blogging, Civic Engagement and Citizen Journalism sheds light on the growing phenomenon of cyberactivism in the Arab world, with a special focus on the Egyptian political blogosphere and its role in paving the way to democratization and socio-political change in Egypt, which culminated in Egypt’s historical popular revolution on Jan. 25, 2011. Learn More>>
Written by Eliza W.Y. Lee, Elaine Y.M. Chan, Joseph C.W. Chan, Peter T.Y. Cheung, Wai Fung Lam and Wai-man Lam, Public Policymaking in Hong Kong aims to understand why and how civic engagement emerged in the policy process of Hong Kong as an Asian semi-democratic state. Learn More>>
The European University Association will hold its first Annual Conference in Belgium, hosted by Ghent University. The conference will focus on approaches to internationalisation for European universities. It will also explore different interpretations and drivers of the globalisation of higher education as well as internationalisation processes in institutions. Learn More>>
The IICE is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. The IICE promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals from Education. Learn More>>
The Global University Network for Innovation conference is an international forum for debate on the challenges facing higher education. The 2013 conference will explore the critical dimensions in our understanding of the roles, and potential roles, of higher education institutions (HEIs) in contributing to the creation of another possible world. Within this context the Conference looks to answer the call of the challenges of our time, while maintaining an eye towards the future regarding the role of knowledge and HEIs. Learn More>>
Planning is well underway for Engagement Australia’s 2013 conference which will focus on creating an engagement culture in universities, co-producing knowledge, and creating and evaluating social impact. Learn More>>
The conference will focus on (1) Strengthening Academic Programs in Community Engagement; (2) Core Competencies in Civic Engagement and new to this year’s Institute is (3) The Impact of Online Education for Community Engagement. Learn More>>
CLAYSS – 16th International Service-Learning Conference 2013. Economical Science School of the University of Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires (Argentina).
As always, it hopes to be a forum for students, teachers, researchers, government officials and social organization leaders from all of Latin America and the world to gather and exchange their experiences. The 10th International Week will offer complementary activities for foreign visitors and institutions supported by CLAYSS.