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Tony MonacoDear colleagues,

Each year, the Talloires Network takes time to honor the most innovative and impactful civic engagement projects within its member universities. The MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship, now in its eighth edition, has provided guidance and inspiration for university projects around the world. Eight civic engagement leaders from six countries were part of the selection committee for the 2016 edition.

The top three prize awardees have much in common: they are dedicated to serving and empowering the less fortunate members of society. They believe in the power of student leadership, and the importance of health access. They carry out programs that are as open and inclusive as possible.

The Civic Engagement and Community Engagement (CCECS) initiative at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon is our first place winner. They are addressing the refugee crisis in Lebanon through student-led projects like waste management campaigns, informational workshops, and development toolkits to improve the communication and interpersonal skills of refugee students in the Bekaa region. The program works with six refugee schools, run by AUB, and serves over a thousand students each year.

The Ziauddin Sikanderabad Community Partnership at the Ziauddin University in Karachi, Pakistan is our second place winner. The partnership focuses on holistic family medicine and empowering the community to contribute to their own welfare and health. The program runs at a primary health care center through the leadership of students from the faculties of medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy and pharmacy.

This year’s third place winner is Tecnologías para la Comunidad at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara in Mexico. The program’s mission is to support and empower people with disabilities by linking science research and social engagement. University-backed research and new technologies allow the program to deliver prosthetics at four times less than market price.

Anthony P. Monaco
President, Tufts University
Chair, Talloires Network Steering Committee


Congratulations to the winners! The selection committee for this year’s MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship had the difficult task of selecting three winners from almost 50 excellent projects. Two projects were selected as honorable mentions: Ubunye at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and Multilingual Manchester at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. The Talloires Network Secretariat, along with the MacJannet Foundation and the international selection committee, thanks all the universities that applied this year. Learn More>>>

Talloires Network News

TN Connects: Our online community of practice platform continues to document exciting work in the university civic engagement field. Some key features you might have missed include a photo-essay about the African refugee experience in Egypt, a description of youth employment programs in Sudan, and Aditi Sethi’s introduction to the community’s new Entrepreneur Space for alumni of Youth Economic Participation Initiative programs.

New members! We welcome Livingstone International University to the Talloires Network family.

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Partner Network News

On May 20th, Associate Professor Sunitha Srinivas of Rhodes University, visited the Talloires Network’s offices and delivered a presentation on “Health Empowerment: By and With the Community.” She is one of ten recipients of the Talloires Network’s University Education for Transformative Leadership in Africa grants. Her stories impressed and inspired the audience at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life. Learn More>>>

The Latin American Center for Service-Learning (CLAYSS, for its Spanish acronym) has recently named a new Executive Director. Enrique Ochoa will lead the organization as it continues to grow and make an impact throughout Latin America and beyond. Best wished to all of CLAYSS on this new beginning! Learn More>>> (Spanish)

The UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research, in partnership with the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at the University of British Columbia, is pleased to share new resources on Community-Based Research. Resources include a video collection of trainings in community-based research and an annotated bibliography of community-based research in water governance. Learn More>>>


Opportunities and Announcements

Community engagement by universities and other institutes of higher learning is the principal pursuit of AsiaEngage. This year’s 3rd AsiaEngage Regional Conference aims to foster an exposition of experiences and learnings in the furthering of community engagement by higher education. The conference takes place in the Philippines in November. Proposals for oral and poster presentations are due June 30, 2016. Learn More>>>

The Clinton Global Initiative continues to inspire people to action, and supports them along the way. The CGI U Innovation Fund will source, support, and feature the most effective, high-impact college student entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world by providing critical, early-stage seed funding for their Commitments to Action. Pre-applications are due June 27, 2016. Learn More>>>

The Association of Commonwealth Universities invites citizens of all Commonwealth Universities in low and middle-income countries. These scholarships will cover studies in Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the South Pacific. Deadline to apply is June 30. Learn More>>>


Papers and Publications

The phrase ‘scholactivism’ – a mash-up of ‘scholarship’ and ‘activism’ – is the latest focus of a University World News series on transformative leadership. The driving thought behind scholactivism is that creators of knowledge can work to ensure their knowledge has a positive impact. Read More>>>

A new issue of the Metropolitan Universities Journal is out. This issue focuses on the learnings from the 2015 Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities National Conference in Omaha, NE (USA). The notion of stewardship promotes the idea that metropolitan universities care for the communities they dwell in, and seek to lift those they serve in the community. Read More>>>

The Talloires Network’s blog takes a look at one of the central debates concerning our field in a post titled: “Finding the Purpose of Civic Engagement.” The author argues that “universities should try to inculcate in young adults the value of returning part of their privilege to the society that contributed to their success.” Read More>>>


Upcoming Events

The 2016 Frontiers of Democracy conference will take place on June 23-25, 2016 at Tufts University’s Boston campus.This annual event is the main international interdisciplinary conference devoted to civic life. It draws seasoned practitioners who are experienced with civic practices along with theorists concerned with the nature and purpose of civic institutions and engagement. Participants can choose among 21 highly interactive concurrent sessions on topics ranging from civic science, to teaching democracy, to growing grassroots movements, to participation in faith communities. Learn More>>>

The 19th Annual International Service-Learning seminar: “Solidarity Learning and Service” will take place in Buenos Aires in August 2016. TheUniversidad Católica Argentina will serve as host for this annual event organized by the Latin American Center for Service-Learning. Learn More>>>

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University invites you to the 2nd International Conference on Service-Learning in December 2016. Scholars and students interested in an evidence-based approach to service-learning are encouraged to attend and submit papers on relevant conference themes. Learn More>>>

We are always updating the conferences calendar on our website. Read More>>>