The Talloires Network has hit the ground running in 2009. We received 64 nominations for the new MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship, representing 40 universities in 19 countries. Many outstanding programs were nominated, and the Talloires Network staff is busy gathering more information from the programs chosen for detailed review. The Network itself continues to expand, and we welcomed four new member universities in January. In order to get fresh ideas and perspectives we are expanding the Talloires Network Steering Committee; we are very pleased to welcome Professor Goolam Mohamedbhai, Secretary-General of the Association of African Universities, as the newest member.
As part of our ongoing efforts to provide civic engagement resources to our members, we have created a list of experts on civic engagement in higher education. We hope this will help members to connect with other scholars and practitioners and gain valuable new perspectives and information. We have also asked our members to provide a list of students involved in civic engagement at their universities. This will allow us to expand our student outreach efforts by spreading the word about opportunities like the MacJannet Prize, keeping students informed about civic engagement issues, and getting student feedback on our resources and projects.
This level of activity reflects the active participation of our member universities, and I am grateful for all of your efforts on behalf of civic engagement in higher education. I am very excited about the possibilities your continued collaborations offer for expanding the network and further promoting civic engagement during the coming months.
As part of our ongoing mission to provide new resources to our members, the Talloires Network has created a list of civic engagement experts from our member institutions. If you have questions about civic engagement issues, feel free to contact one of our experts. We hope to continue building on this experts list, so if you or someone you know is an expert on civic engagement in higher education, please contact Hannah Ayers for inclusion on the list. Visit our the website to view the experts list>>
Professor Goolam Mohamedbhai is the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mauritius, a position he held from 1995 to 2005. He obtained his Bachelor’s and Doctorate degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Manchester, UK, and did his postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, under a Fulbright-Hays award. He has also been conferred an honorary doctorate by the Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania, and the Institute of Business Management of Karachi, Pakistan.
He is presently the Secretary-General of the Association of African Universities, a position he took up on 1st August 2008. He was the President of the International Association of Universities, based at UNESCO, Paris, from 2004-2008. He has also been Chairman of several other university associations, including the Association of Commonwealth Universities (2003-2004), the University Mobility in the Indian Ocean Rim (2001-2004), and the University of the Indian Ocean (1998-2005). He is currently Chairman of the Regional Scientific Committee for Africa of the UNESCO Global Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge and a member of the governing Council of the United Nations University.
With technical support from the Andean Development Corporation (CAF) and the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), the Universidad Señor de Sipán is working to improve access to information technologies in rural Peru to encourage development. The program focuses on training, development and awareness, to harness the opportunities presented by the globalized world.
One component of the program is to hold weekend trainings at USS facilities to educate children and teenagers between 6 and 15 years in computer and information technology. Read more about this program on the USS website>>
Universities in Europe are looking to embrace a new form of learning, called open content, which could blow away the division between university students and the rest of the population, writes Mandy Garner in The Guardian. In the UK, the Joint Information Systems Committee (Jisc) and the Higher Education Academy are launching a £5.7 million (US$7.9 million) pilot scheme to investigate the impact of open content and to look at issues of how to contextualise existing online material so anyone can make sense of it. Several European academics are already experimenting and the European Commission has expressed interest. Learn more>>
University of Melbourne Professor Simon Marginson discusses the recently-released Bradley Report on Higher Education in Australia, focusing on the decline in public finance of tertiary education. Read more>>
In this article, the authors, Luís Simões and Luís Borges Gouveia from the University Fernando Pessoa in Portugal, examine the implications of social networking technologies on higher education and the way knowledge is being taught and learnt. They highlight the main challenges of adopting Web 2.0 in higher education, such as the balance between the conservation of traditional skill and knowledge legacy and the possibilities that technology introduces in terms of students’ self expression and construction of knowledge. Read more>>
The Journal for Civic Commitment is a twice-yearly, online journal dedicated to service learning and civic engagement. The Journal is published by the Community College National Center for Community Engagement and supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service. To view Issue 12 (Spring 2009), visit the Journal for Civic Commitment website>>
The Journal is also calling for articles for the Fall 2009 issue. Papers must be submitted for consideration by July 30. Visit the website for more information>>
Organized by the Community University Partnership Programme (Cupp) at the University of Brighton, "Shared Passion – Different Perspectives" is a conference for: workers, volunteers and trustees from community and public sector organisations; university academics and administrators; international colleagues interested in community-university engagement; funding bodies and policy makers; students service users and community members. Visit the website for more information on the conference and registration>>
The International Association of Universities, in partnership with the Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Institutos de Enseñanza Superior (ANUIES) is organizing this meeting on international networks within the higher education field. Learn more>>
This will be the first annual International Conference sponsored by Campus Engage, a network for the promotion of civic engagement in Irish higher education. Campus Engage welcomes higher education academics and administrators, people involved in community organizations and students, from Ireland and beyond. Abstracts for the conference should be no more than 500 words, written in English, and should be submitted through the conference website on or before 12 noon, Monday February 16th 2009. For more information, to submit an abstract, and to register for the conference, please visit the conference website>>