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Talloires Network

A Global Coalition of Engaged Universities
Newsletter: October 4, 2016

Dear colleagues,

Last week, I was part of a panel conversation at the Times Higher Education World Academic Summit. I joined other university leaders in discussing the question of how we can ensure a quality education for all at a time when there are hundreds of millions of new higher education students around the globe. At Tufts, we consider that giving students the opportunity to make a societal impact through transformative experiences is a key part of our mission. That’s why we remain committed to establishing a premier network for engaged universities, scholars, and practitioners.

Two events were highlights of the Talloires Network’s summer: our in-person steering committee meeting in New York City and the global gathering of the Youth Economic Participation Initiative in Talloires, France.

In New York, the steering committee made important decisions to ensure the sustainability and growth of our network’s reach and operations. We will introduce a dues contribution system for member universities to invest into a network they can call their own in addition to our funding through foundation and government grants. We have also updated our leadership structure to include student voices and will actively begin a search for new committee members. Please contact our secretariat if there’s a university civic engagement leader who you think should be part of our global leadership body.

Best Regards,
Anthony Monaco
Chair, Talloires Network
President, Tufts University

2016 Steering Committee meeting. Pictured: Andrew Vann (Charles Sturt University – Australia), Sara Ladrón de Guevara (Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico), Lisa Anderson (The American University in Cairo – Egypt), Cheryl de la Rey (University of Pretoria – South Africa), Anthony Monaco (Tufts University), Angie Yuen (Representing Tim Tong, Hong Kong Polytecnic University), Olive Mugenda (Kenyatta University – Kenya), Andrew Petter (Simon Fraser University – Canada), and Muhammad Asghar (National University of Sciences and Technology – Pakistan).


Talloires Network Steering Committee Meeting in NYC

The Talloires Network steering committee met in New York City on August 24-25 to chart the future direction of the network, with a consideration of recent leadership transitions and a look toward the future and the 2017 global conference. Nominations for steering committee members are now open. The committee will convene again by phone in early 2017. Read more>>>

Youth Economic Participation Initiative convenes in Talloires, France

Representatives from the Youth Economic Participation Initiative (YEPI) programs traveled from around the world for a week-long gathering at the Tufts European Center, birthplace of the Talloires Network. Read more>>> 

TN Steering Committee Leadership Transition – Call for Nominee Recommendations

The Talloires Network Secretariat is conducting elections to its steering committee, following the completion of three previous members’ terms. We thank Lisa Anderson, Olive Mugenda, and Mark Gearan for their service. All Talloires Network members are invited to recommend nominees or to second secretariat and SC nominee recommendations. Read more>>>


Tulane University Students Help Community Recover from Floods

Tulane University’s Center for Public Service conducted a flood recovery initiative among its students to help residents of Louisiana cope with the effects of the floods that hit the area in August. From gutting homes to providing school supplies for children, Tulane students, faculty and staff are lending their hearts and hands to the ongoing recovery efforts. Read more>>>

Hong Kong Polytechnic University Designs Disabled-Friendly Clothing

Combining two important university goals – research and civic engagement – the Troels H. Povlsen Care Apparel Centre (TPCAC) at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing at Hong Kong Polytechnic University has come up with Care Apparel designs for the physically disabled. Read more>>>

MasterCard Foundation Webinar on Transformational Leadership in Africa

The MasterCard Foundation, a key supporter of the Talloires Network, believes collaboration, innovation and youth-led approaches in the social entrepreneurship space can bring sustainable solutions to the youth employment challenge. This webinar highlights the important role youth in Africa play in creating a positive impact within their communities and beyond. Read more>>>

Ahfad University for Women’s “Creating Opportunity for Youth Employment Project”

The Ahfad University for Women in Sudan is conducting a project to promote employability among its students by addressing the employment problems of youth before they graduate from university, rather than focusing only on unemployed graduates. Read more>>>


(L-R): Basvan Patil, Vice Chair Cheryl de la Rey, Chair Anthony Monaco, Abigail Gomez, and Purity Wamuyu.

Talloires Network launched a new initiative  this August by electing student representatives to the Steering Committee. This first step in codifying student leadership at TN will bring new insights and strategies to our network’s future. The newly-elected student leaders provided reflections to our blog. Read more>>>


The Talloires Network is pleased to announce that Becker College (USA) and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa) have become part of the TN family. We encourage you to visit their profiles and learn more about their civic engagement initiatives.

Becker College is a private college in Worcester, Massachusetts. Students’ ongoing efforts in the local community include the Community Harvest Project, Friendly House, Worcester Refugee Assistance Program (WRAP), African Community Education (ACE), Boston Urban Outreach, etc. Read more>>>

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is situated in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. It is a member of the South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum. The Engagement Information and Development (EID) Unit was formed in 2014 within the Centre for Academic Engagement and Collaboration (CAEC) to facilitate management of the strategic institutional projects related to the advancement of Engagement at NMMU. Read more>>>


NCCPE: Engage 2016 (Bristol, United Kingdom)

The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement invites you to the Engage 2016 Conference, featuring the finalists of this year’s Engage competition. This event celebrates the diversity of engaged practice across the UK. It will take place at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel on November 29-30, 2016. Learn More>>>

C2U Expo 2017

Simon Fraser University is hosting the Community-College-University Exposition to discover avenues of partnership between the three actors as catalysts for social innovation. The exposition will be held in Vancouver and Surrey, Canada, from May 1 to 5, 2017. Learn more>>>

Papers and Publications

UN World Youth Report on Civic Engagement

The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat has released its biennial World Youth Report. This year’s report focuses on Youth Civic Engagement in the fields of economic, political and community engagement. Read the full report here>>>

Metropolitan Universities Issue on Engaged Faculty

The Metropolitan Universities Journal, published by the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), reports in-depth on theoretical and applied aspects affecting colleges and universities. Their latest issue focuses on recognizing engaged scholarship in faculty reward structures. Read the issue here>>>