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Tony MonacoA Busy Time for Our Network

With classes starting in many universities in the Global South, this is a busy time of year for Talloires Network members worldwide.

As each section of this month’s newsletter shows, our network is responding to the call to action from our 2014 Talloires Network Leaders Conference. This month, students from around the world are getting ready to leave their home countries and begin their service work as participants in our University Volunteers Program. In Uruguay, the Latin American Center for Service Learning (CLAYSS) has recently entered an agreement with the national government to promote service learning. Meanwhile, civic engagement leaders are getting ready to convene at conferences in Ireland, Arizona, and England. This month’s Leaders in the Civic Engagement series features people and activities at the University Kebangsaan Malaysia and the International Medical University.

At Tufts, we continue to forge strong working ties with our community partners throughout the Boston metropolitan area. Last week, I hosted our annual Presidential Symposium on Community Partnerships, which brings community leaders together with many of the Tufts faculty and students engaged in community research, teaching, and service to address public needs.

At the beginning of next month, Vice-Chair Cheryl de la Rey and I will lead one of the regularly scheduled meetings of members of the Talloires Network Steering Committee. The topics for discussion will include plans for the Network’s 10-year anniversary reception and our next global conference. A brief summary of the meeting will appear in next month’s newsletter.

I encourage you to let us know about work to advance civic engagement in your institution and region by emailing the TN secretariat.

Best wishes,

Tony Monaco

Leaders in the Civic Engagement Movement: Malaysia

This months’ edition of the Leaders in the Civic Engagement Movement series brings a brief introduction to Malaysia and two of its engaged universities: International Medical University (IMU) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). It features interviews with James Koh, Associate Professsor at the International Medical University; Wong Chin Hoong, Lecturer at the International Medical University; and Dr. Saran Kaur Gill, Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Industry and Community Partnerships at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. The interviews are available in English and Spanish. Read More>>>

Partners News

Last February 20th, 2015, CLAYSS (Latin American Center for Service Learning) signed a 3-year agreement with the Uruguayan Ministry of Education and Culture. This collaboration will promote service-learning in schools across the South American nation. CLAYSS will provide trainings for teachers and direct assistance to key projects, while continuing to support the Solidary Schools Award that has recognized the best service-learning practices in Uruguay’s educational system. Read More (Spanish)>>>

Congratulations to Campus Compact for a great achievement. This coalition of more than 1,100 institutions of higher education is celebrating an honor received by many of its members: the 2015 Carnegie Civic Engagement classification. A total of 240 colleges received this distinction, which is awarded to universities that have embedded civic education and community partnerships into all facets of the institution. 83 percent of the awarded colleges are members of Campus Compact. Read More>>>

Talloires Network Programs and Announcements

The Talloires Network Secretariat invites you to a talk to be held on April 1st, 2015. As part of the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning department’s colloquium, Lorlene Hoyt and Amy Newcomb Rowe will present on the topic of “Stories of Leadership from Engaged Universities Around the World.” Purposeful leadership moves universities beyond the ivory tower to engage with perennial challenges to civic life, including inequality, illiteracy, disease and natural disaster. Through stories of leadership from engaged universities in Mexico, South Africa, Malaysia and Egypt, they will explore the question: what is the greatest future for higher education? Mark Your Calendar>>>

This month, the Talloires Network launched a new recurring feature on our blog. The “TN Members Global News Roundup” will provide important news about civic engagement and entrepreneurship in universities around the world. The first edition, published on February 27th, includes news from Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Sudan, Chile, and South Africa. Read More>>>

Many of us were saddened by the death of Professor David Watson early in February. Since then we have been reflecting on how profoundly he contributed to the civic engagement work of universities around the world and how much he influenced our individual efforts. We encourage you to join us in saluting David’s work and in strategizing about how to continue and build upon his pioneering leadership. We envision sharing publicly a mosaic of reflections and suggestions from people, institutions and networks across the globe. Send us a paragraph or several. Please send via email, with “David Watson” in the subject line, to TN executive director Rob Hollister.

Opportunities and Announcements

The 2015 International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) Conference will be held in Boston, hosted by Northeastern University and Massachusetts Campus Compact. The proposal deadline is March 27th (in just ten days!). Proposals may be for pre-conference workshops, research or scholarly paper presentations, themed panels, stakeholder team presentations, or posters. Learn More>>>

The University Economic Development Association (UEDA) seeks a volunteer editor for its new publication, tentatively entitled the Journal of Economic Development in Higher Education. This will be an online, peer-reviewed journal published twice a year (September and March). UEDA expects that each volume will contain 10-20 articles. Learn More>>>

The Latin American Center for Service-Learning (CLAYSS) invites you to participate in the Third Gathering of Service-Learning Researchers, to be held on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015. This symposium will take place at the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. Calls for proposals are available in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Learn More>>>

Papers and Publications

A new publication sponsored by Campus Compact and written by one of the field’s leading experts provides the resources you need to help you develop high-quality service-learning experiences for college students. Barbara Jacoby uses a question-and-answer format in Service-Learning Essentials: Questions, Answers, and Lessons Learned. Each chapter addresses issues related to individual practice as well as to the collective work of starting and developing a service-learning center or program. Read More>>>

As always, University World News continues to provide coverage on higher education around the world. In the last several weeks, they have published articles on topics such as the role of student engagement in African political development and the recent formation of a new global network for research in citizenship education.

Upcoming Events

Ireland International Conference on Education. Dublin, Ireland, 20-22 April 2015.

This conference is a biannual convening (April and October). The IICE is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. The aim of IICE is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research esteem and the evolution of pedagogy.

Community College National Center for Community Engagement 24th Annual International Conference. Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, 19-21 May, 2015.

This year’s gathering will focus on the theme: “Authentic Leadership in Service Learning and Civic Engagement.” CCNCCE is the only national organization dedicated to bringing the benefits of service learning and civic engagement to community colleges across the country.

Going Global 2015: Conference for Leaders in International Education. London, England, 1-2 June, 2015.

Going Global will explore how networks of innovation evolve and grow when cultures cut across boundaries, looking at the role higher education institutions play globally in connecting cultures, as well as anchoring and sustaining networks of innovation.