Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Update from the Chair: President Mark Gearan
Plans are proceeding very well for the upcoming Talloires Network Leaders Conference in Cape Town, South Africa on December 2 – 4, 2014. Please mark it on your calendars – TNLC 2014 promises to be a very energizing and influential event. I encourage my fellow presidents, vice-chancellors and rectors to take advantage of this unique opportunity to work together to chart the next stage of the international higher education civic engagement movement. We encourage you to bring a faculty or staff leader and a student leader as well to this important gathering. Emerging themes include: policy advocacy, faculty rewards and incentives, and defining and measuring student learning outcomes.
A special focus of TNLC 2014 will be to highlight and reinforce the role of regional, national and global networks that are exerting dynamic leadership in moving beyond the ivory tower. I am pleased to report that several of the Talloires Network’s regional and national partners already have agreed to co-sponsor the conference: They include the South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum, Pakistan Chapter of the Talloires Network, Campus Compact (USA), the Global Alliance for Community Engaged Research (GACER), and the International Consortium for Higher Education Civic Responsibility and Democracy. Several other networks are in the process of formalizing their support. We hope that the regional and national networks, TN members and other conference attendees will use the conference as a way to accelerate and deepen their exchange and collective action.,
I would also like to inform you that that the Talloires Network Steering Committee will be meeting by conference call later in February. The agenda will include introductions of the new Steering Committee members, a discussion of the Secretariat’s work over the past six months and an in-depth discussion about planning for the Talloires Network Leaders Conference. If you have any recommendations of items that you would like to see included in the meeting agenda, please contact the Talloires Network Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org).
February signals the fourth edition of the expanded series. This edition begins with a brief introduction to Pakistan and one of its engaged universities, the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). It also features interviews with LUMS Vice-Chancellor, Sohail Naqvi, co-founder and director of the Literaty Program at LUMS, Maryam Ahmed and Literaty student Hamza Ayub. Learn More>>
Regional Networks News
AsiaEngage Capacity Building for Innovative Teaching and Learning: Community Integrated Teaching & Learning Workshop
In an effort to develop capacity building in the area of Community Integrated Teaching & Learning (CITL), AUN USR&S@AsiaEngage will be organising a Community Integrated Teaching & Learning Workshop on the 26-28 February 2014. This workshop would be led by Madam Maria Lourdes F. Melegrito, a member of the AUN USR&S Steering Committee and Director of the Centre for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) from De La Salle University, Philippines. At this workshop, participants would be equipped with relevant theories, concepts, tools and exemplary models of CITL. Similar to a discipline-based CITL class, this workshop integrates various teaching methodologies like lectures, structured learning activities, simulations, discussions and actual community service experience. Reflection tools used in CITL courses will also be used to process the experience of participants in this workshop. This workshop is open to all academics and university-community-industry engagement practitioners across ASEAN and Asia. Contact the AsiaEngage Secretariat to learn more.
Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP) has launched a new University Civic Engagement Initiative in partnership with Silatech. The initiative is designed to provide the support and resources necessary to build and expand university civic engagement among students in the Arab world. Learn More>>
Campus Compact has compiled a Research University Engaged Scholarship Toolkit that is a great resource for TN members. Learn More>>
Talloires Network Programs
Faculty and Staff Professional Development Program Webinar
The first of three FSPD Webinars, The Developing of an Integrated Strategy for Community Development, will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM UTC. For more information on this webinar or the other two in the series, please click here.
2014 MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship
The deadline for nominations for the fifth annual MacJannet Prize has now passed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination this year. The Talloires Network received 59 nominations from 50 universities in 21 countries, representing the diversity of our membership. The MacJannet Prize recognizes exceptional student civic engagement initiatives based in Talloires Network member universities around the world. Three prizes will be awarded: 1st Prize ($7,500), 2nd Prize ($5,000), and 3rd Prize ($2,500). Winning programs will be profiled on the Talloires Network website and in communications that reach thousands of higher education professionals worldwide and will be invited to take part in an awards ceremony at the 2014 Talloires Network Leaders Conference in Cape Town, South Africa in December, 2014. We look forward to announcing the winning programs in early May.
The Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia hosted and organized, along with AsiaEngage and the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Educationthismeeting, held on 9-10 January 2013 in Subang (Malaysia). The event was structured around individual presentations from the eight deputy vice-chancellors. Learn More>>
Volunteer Canada, Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning, Algonquin College, and Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement are pleased to host the 2014 CSL and CE Conference. The conference theme will be to explore the contributions of community campus partnerships in supporting the development and maintenance of healthy resilient communities. The conference will be held in Ottawa, May 28 to 30 2014. Proposals will be accepted until February 28, 2014. Learn More>>
The New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) spring 2014 Virtual Think Tanks are now underway. The spring Think Tanks focus on community engagement in teaching and learning, research, and institutional structures within higher education. Learn More>>
The Board of Trustees of the International Academy of Business (IAB) seeks an accomplished leader to become Principal. IAB, located in Almaty, Kazakhstan is a world-class business school and a leader in the sphere of business education in Central Asia. The Principal provides leadership in achieving the strategic objectives, the vision and the mission of the Academy, with the view to promoting academic and professional excellence, in line with the strategic programmes. Learn More>>
Campus Compact is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Newman Civic Fellows Award. The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Learn More>>
In an essay for Inside Higher Ed, KerryAnn O’Meara, associate professor of higher education at the University of Maryland at College Park and co-PI and co-director of UMD ADVANCE, calls for reform of the tenure and promotion system in higher education. Learn More>>
The newest edition of the Bringing Theory to Practice Civic Series monographs is now available. Civic Studies is an emerging field that considers public problems and issues from the perspective of citizens, understood as co-creators of their worlds. Civic Studies builds on, and incorporates, abstract theoretical work, various forms of empirical research, and reflections about civic practices. Learn More>>
The editors of the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering, Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (IJSLE) are pleased to publish this, our first special edition of the Journal, entitled “Opportunities and Barriers to Integrating Service Learning into Engineering Education”. The editors solicited scholarly manuscripts that would explore three areas related to service learning in engineering, humanitarian engineering, and/or social entrepreneurship – both domestically and internationally. These three areas included: Assessment of Service Learning in Engineering, Scholarship of Service Learning in Engineering and Interdisciplinary Engagement. Learn More>>
The Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi) will be releasing it’s newest report, Higher Education in the World 5, exploring the critical dimensions in our understanding of the roles and potential roles of knowledge, civil society and higher education institutions (HEIs) as active players in contributing to the creation of more just and sustainable world. TN Executive Director, Rob Hollister and Director of Programs and Research, Lorlene Hoyt, along with many TN partners contributed papers to the publication. Learn More>>
Peta Lee, in an article for University World News, writes that “the failure of companies, education institutions and young people to understand one another is one of the reasons why employers are not getting the skills they need and there are now 5.6 million young people jobless across Europe, according to a report by McKinsey & Company.” Learn More>>
The 2013 Edition of the Kettering Foundation’s Higher Education Exchange is now available. The issue features interviews with Thomas Bender on America’s public life and Thomas Ehrlich and Ernestine Fu on their recent book, Civic Work, Civic Lessons. Essays by Harry Boyte, Martin Carcasson, Nicholas Longo, Edith Manosevitch, Sean Creighton, and David Mathews round out the volume. A book review of Bent Flyvbjerg’s Real Social Science by Alex Lovit concludes the issue. Learn More>>
Convened with the declaration “For a Socially Responsible University”, University 2014 renews the commitment of people attending these events with University and with its time, propitiating current reflections and debates on the field of Higher Education. Congress University is well known as an academic field that points to reflective, deep and open dialogues among main parts of Higher Education and the society they belong to, in order to evaluate best solutions to pressing problems in the realities of our countries. Plus, it promotes new ideas about different issues related to international agenda of Higher Education and contributes to new networks knowledge and emotions among principals, teachers and students. Learn More>>IMPACT National Conference. Valparaiso University. Valparaiso, Indiana. USA. 27 February – 2 March 2014.
The IMPACT Conference is historically the largest annual conference focused on the civic engagement of college students in community service, service-learning, community-based research, advocacy and other forms of social action. Building on the rich 28-year tradition of the COOL Conference and the Idealist Campus Conference, IMPACT is the one time during the year when students, administrators, faculty, AmeriCorps members and VISTAs, and nonprofit professionals gather together to learn and share effective practices, improve personal skills and organizational strategies, discover opportunities and resources, exchange stories, be inspired and challenged to sustain our efforts. Learn More>>
DML2014 Connecting Practices calls on all of us to build shared agendas and goals, to reach across the boundaries that separate our disciplines, fields, institutions, and sectors to re-imagine the where, when, and how of educational practice. Learn More>>
Which trends are transforming learning and teaching, and how should European universities respond? EUA’s 2014 Annual Conference will explore innovative teaching approaches that are being developed, discussed or introduced, and consider their implications for the organisation of learning and teaching processes in the years to come. The conference will thus provide a forum for discussing how universities in different parts of Europe and the world respond to current pressures for change and try to anticipate tomorrow’s educational needs. Learn More>>
The Australia Africa University Network and the ACU will host the second International Africa Forum, themed ‘The Power of Partnerships’, on 8-9 April 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. The Forum, following on from the first International Africa Forum, will bring Australian and African researchers, policy-makers, officials and other interested parties back together again to discuss areas of mutual interest. Learn More>>