The month of May marks the end of another academic year here at Tufts University, and in many of our member universities around the world. This is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of dedicated students, faculty, staff, and community partners working together to effect positive change.
In this month’s newsletter, we honor the work of the newest cohort of MacJannet Prize winners. The National University of Sciences and Technology (Pakistan), University of Technology Sydney (Australia), and Ahfad University for Women (Sudan) are all demonstrating exemplary work that impacts the communities around them. In total, 48 universities in 17 countries submitted nominations, bringing a tough decision to the selection committee and demonstrating that university civic engagement is indeed a global movement.
With a look towards the future, we invite member universities to submit their expressions of interest to host the next Talloires Network Leaders Conference in 2017. This will be an exciting time to build on the ideas and actions we discussed together last December in South Africa.
You are also invited to join TN Connects, an online community of practice facilitated by the TN Secretariat. Over the next few months, this platform will become a center for discussion on topics of interest to civic engagement practitioners and scholars.
Talloires Network Programs and Announcements
Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship. Many community-engaged projects deserve recognition, but the selection committee can only choose three winners each year. The top awardee this year is the NCSC Education for Empowerment program in Pakistan’s National University of Sciences and Technology. This program mobilizes more than 6,000 students to build and maintain community projects related to tutoring, parent counseling, and skill development. The second prize went to the UTS Shopfront Community program at the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia), to support their work around engaged learning, advocacy, and social justice. Finally, the Ahfad University for Women won third prize for their I-DEAL Sudan project, which provides psycho-social support for vulnerable children impacted by war, displacement, or poverty. Learn More>>>
The 2017 Talloires Network Leaders Conference (TNLC) is looking for a host. Member universities and partner organizations are invited to submit an expression of interest by July 10, 2015. Following the gatherings in South Africa and Spain, we look forward to finding a partner to welcome leaders from around the world in their country. Learn More>>>
You can now join our TN Connects online platform. This community of practice will bring together the visionaries within our universities who are charting courses that introduce new concepts, pedagogies, and approaches into institutions that can be rigid and tough to move. Talloires Network leaders and programs affiliated with the Youth Economic Participation Initiative will guide this conversation. Join today and start participating. Learn More>>>
The Talloires Network leadership extends its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Martha Farrell, Director of Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), on her sudden and tragic death. A compelling champion of gender equality and women’s rights, Dr. Farrell was among the victims of a terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, that claimed the lives of 14 people May 13. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Rajesh Tandon, a long-time partner of our network, Founder-President of PRIA and co-holder of the UNESCO Chair on Community-based Research and Social Responsibility. Read More>>>
In late August, civic engagement practitioners will come together for important gatherings in South America and Asia. CLAYSS (Latin American Center for Service-Learning) will convene its International Service-Learning Conference for the 18th consecutive year. The Argentine capital of Buenos Aires will be the site for a week of activities including a service-learning research symposium and a gathering of engaged youth. Meanwhile, The International Society for Third-Sector Research will host its ninth Asia Pacific Regional Conference. This event will be hosted at Nihon University in Tokyo, Japan.
Opportunities and Announcements
Established in 2005, PRIA International Academy is an initiative in education and lifelong learning that conducts educational programs of human and social development. The courses are offered online and designed for mid-career development professionals who want to build their knowledge, adult learners who have an interest in development issues, and fresh graduates searching for a career in the development sector. Learn More>>>
A special edition of Higher Learning Research Communications will focus on “Higher Education, Community Engagement, and the Global Public Good.” Essays, policy analyses, reports of successful projects, or research papers are welcome for publication. The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2015.Learn More>>>
Massachusetts Campus Compact invites you to the 2015 New England Regional Campus Compact Symposium to be held on June 9-10, 2015. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to join colleagues for two days of learning, networking, and renewal. The event will include a community engagement leaders retreat and a scholarly symposium titled “Partnership for Success: Bridging the K-12-to-Higher Education Pipeline through Civic Engagement.”Learn More>>>
The International Association of Universities will host its 2015 International Conference at the University of Siena, Italy on October 28-30, 2015. The theme of the conference will be “Internationalization of Higher Education: Moving beyong Mobility.”Learn More>>>
ISTR Africa is an African civil society research network affiliated with the International Society for Third-Sector Research. In September, this regional network will host its conference under the theme “Civil Society and a Renascent Africa: A Stock Taking.” The University of Ghana will serve as the host of this gathering. Learn More>>>
Papers and Publications
A new publication by the Wiley publishing company offers a comprehensive look at the theory and practice of public participation. Written by two leaders in the field, Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy puts the spotlight on the need for long-term, cross-sector participatory planning. Learn More>>>
Engagement Australia invites you to read the Australian Journal of University-Community Engagement. Published bi-annually, this e-journal demonstrates the diversity of activity that occurs within Australian institutions and communities. Social responsiveness in higher education, community engaged learning and research, and collaborative partnerships are explored, analysed and reviewed. Learn More>>>
The Talloires Network posted a blog on the national and regional networks convening held during the last conference in Cape Town, South Africa. Leaders of these regional networks gathered to identify top priorities for the future. Learn More>>>