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August 3, 2009 The Talloires Network E-Newsletter


In This Issue                 

Talloires Network News

Featured Program

Featured Interview

Higher Education News


Papers and Publications

Upcoming Events

Resource of the Month



Newest Members       

Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (Nigeria)

University of Bologna (Italy)

Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico)

Duke University (USA)

Rajarata University (Sri Lanka)

Stellenbosch University (South Africa)

De La Salle University (Philippines)

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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

Hannah Ayers
Talloires Network Fellow

John Pollock
Talloires Network Fellow 


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.JPGThe Talloires Network continues to gain momentum in the global movement to strengthen civic engagement in higher education. In July, the Network grew to 124 members in 44 countries with a total enrollment of over 4 million students. We have continued our work to reach more of these students directly, and our Student Peer Advisors held another productive online discussion in mid-July, addressing strategic planning for university civic engagement projects.

Our regional partners have also been very active recently in promoting civic engagement in higher education. On July 8-10, the Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance (AUCEA) held its 2009 National Conference, addressing the theme of regional engagement through business, industry, and community partnerships. On August 19, the Centro Latinoamericano de Aprendizaje y Servicio Solidario (CLAYSS) will be hosting a meeting of Talloires Network members in Latin America at the Universidad de Buenos Aires; we encourage all Network members in the region to consider attending. The Network looks forward to continued collaboration with these regional partners in building international consensus on the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education.


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

Network Member Provides Health/Education Services to Swat IDPs

NUST.JPGThe National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) in Islamabad has devoted considerable resources to supporting internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the conflict in the Swat Valley. NUST reached out to the IDPs, organizing community support services at 14 different support centers providing education, healthcare, water and sanitation facilities to about 10,000 IDPs. NUST established schools for young children, engaging teachers from among the IDPs and provided free books, stationery, and recreational equipment. More than 500 students are enrolled in these schools. A computer lab has been installed at Mardan to provide computer education and IT courses to adult students in the camps. Two medical camps have been established with doctors and free medicine. More than 200 patients visit each medical camp daily. NUST teams also installed wells, water tanks, and water coolers for the IDPs. Read more about this and other civic engagement activities at NUST>>

Featured Program

MacJannet Prize third-place winner Playing for Time, University of Winchester

Playing_for_Time.jpgPlaying for Time brings students engaged in community theater courses into the local prison to produce a play in collaboration with prisoners and professional staff. Plays staged in Winchester Prison are chosen for their content so that prisoners can draw parallels between the events and characters in the play and make links with their own lives and experiences which might have led them into patterns of offending behavior. All work delivered through the theatre projects is accredited and prisoners receive certification which can be shown to prospective employers. For many men, engagement with this work is the first time they have gained any kind of educational qualification, having dropped out of school at a young age. The program has led to powerful and long-lasting relationships between the prison, the university and the graduates of the program. For more information visit the Playing for Time website>>

Featured Interview

Muhammad Yousuf.jpgDr. Muhammad Yousuf is Principal Coordinator of the Urban Health Program (UHP) at Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. The UHP was established in 1983 and is run by the Department of Community Health Sciences. The program provides critical health and socio-economic support to the squatter settlements of Karachi while giving AKU students experiences and skills that contribute greatly to their education. The UHP won first prize in the 2009 MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship, and Dr. Yousuf represented the UHP at the award ceremony held in Talloires France this past June. Learn more about the MacJannet Prize or the Urban Health Program>>

Excerpt: "I enjoyed the MacJannet Prize Award Ceremony at Talloires, France very much . . . It was a memorable moment of my life to share the information related to the Urban Health Program at such a prestigious international forum. The ceremony also provided me an opportunity to have orientation about the activities of the other two winners and had a chance to interact with their representatives. We are thankful to the MacJannet Foundation and Talloires Network for giving us this honor." Read the full interview>>

Higher Education News

UNESCO Conference calls for higher education action

unesco.JPGThe 2009 UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education, held in Paris this July, resulted in a communiqué that called for higher education action in a number of areas, including the social responsibility of higher education. Read more>>

What counts for tenure at US universities 

For all the talk about how research universities place an increasing value on teaching, a survey on tenure standards in US political science departments finds not only that research remains dominant, but that poor teaching may be tolerated at doctoral-granting universities, writes Scott Jaschik for Inside Higher Ed. A national survey of department chairs found that superior research compensates for ‘mediocre teaching’ at 55% of PhD-granting institutions, compared to 34% of masters institutions and 17% of bachelors institutions. Read more at UWN>>


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

The Unheard Voices: Community Organizations and Service Learning

Unheard Voices.JPGService learning has become an institutionalized practice in higher education. Students are sent out to disadvantaged communities to paint, tutor, feed, and help organize communities. But while the students gain from their experiences, the contributors to The Unheard Voices ask, "Does the community?" This volume explores the impact of service learning on a community, and considers the unequal relationship between the community and the academy. Learn more>>

Auditing, Benchmarking and Evaluating Public Engagement

Beaconsfor Public Engagement.JPGA Briefing Paper by Angie Hart, Simon Northmore, and Chloe Gerhardt, published by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement. The paper explores the differences between auditing, benchmarking, and evaluating higher education public engagement, describes the current approaches to each, and offers a case study of evaluating the University of Brighton’s civic engagement activities. Learn more>>

Characterising modes of university engagement with wider society: a literature review and survey of best practice

Newcastle Logo.JPGThis literature review was produced for Newcastle University’s Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) by a team led by Paul Benneworth and Cheryl Conway. It seeks to understand university engagement, and place it in a context from which useful lessons for becoming engaged can be drawn. Learn more>>

Upcoming Events

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>>

University-Community Engagement Conference 2009. Penang, Malaysia. November 23-26 2009

UCEC Logo.jpgOrganized by the Universiti Sains Malaysia and the Division of Industry & Community Network (BJIM), the conference aims to revisit the missions of universities and to explore ways of making engagement more meaningful, inclusive and sustainable. In order that universities can continue to protect our planet as well as serve the public good, sustainability issues will also be addressed. Learn more>>

Resource of the Month

Talloires Network Student Peer Advisors

tn_globe.gifOur SPAs were selected after a competetive application process on the basis of their commitment and experience with civic engagement project leadership. Students seeking support, advice, or someone to discuss ideas with can contact one of our advisors here, or participate in our TN 24 Monthly Discussion Series>>


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