Thanks to the collaborative efforts of our many stakeholders around the world, 2008 was a very productive year for the Talloires Network. This past year we grew in both membership and geographic diversity, gaining 30 new members in 13 different countries. As part of our strategy to work with students and recognize exceptional programs, we hosted 11 international students at the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference and launched the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship. Centro Latinoamericano de Aprendizaje y Servicio Social (CLAYSS) became our partner in Latin America, helping to recruit members, disseminate information, and inform member institutions about opportunities. The Network also helped to organize the Tadamunn conference in Cairo, laying the foundation for a regional network in the Middle East and North Africa. All of our members contributed to our Global Project on Literacy. You can learn more about one of the latest projects below.
This year, we hope to expand our outreach efforts while offering our members even more benefits, including increased partnership and funding opportunities. We wish to continue to foster dialogue about the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education, and welcome your feedback and contributions. Thank you again for your help in everything we accomplished in 2008. I look forward to our continued collaboration.
Best Ways to Further a University’s Commitment to Civic Engagement:
Nominations for exemplary civic engagement projects will now be accepted until January 15, 2009. The MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship will recognize and financially support eight exemplary civic engagement projects at Talloires Network member institutions. Nomination forms can be filled out on-line or mailed to the Talloires Network office. Visit the MacJannet Prize website>>
The Talloires Network is creating a list of faculty, staff, and administrators who are experts in civic engagement, community-university partnerships, higher education, and other related fields. The experts will be profiled on our website and will have opportunities to connect with other faculty around the world, contribute to our blog, and participate in online discussions. E-mail Hannah Ayers or John Pollock with nominations.
Residents of Syracuse, New York may now view student- and staff-created videos in public spaces, thanks to the Urban Video Project. "This is not only about engaging and thought-provoking public art," said Syracuse University Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor. "It’s about community and, in particular, what defines the Syracuse community: innovation and collaboration." Read more>> and visit the website>>
UWS recently began a program entitled SMExcellence to assist small business owners with financial literacy challenges. More than 300 students interviewed small business owners to identify their needs and developed online content that addressed these needs. Read the full article on our blog>> and visit the SMExcellence website>>
Higher education experts and Erasmus Mundus alumni met at a conference to explore the role of the Erasmus Mundus program in increasing mobility of faculty, students, and ideas between Africa and Europe. Erasmus Mundus hopes to increase the success rate of African students who apply to the program. Learn more>> and visit the Erasmus Mundus website>>
University World News editor Geoff Maslen reports on how higher education institutions worldwide are feeling the effects of the recession. Using examples from Japan, the US, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Germany, Maslen argues that "for higher education the boom days are well and truly over." Read more>>
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) issued this report, the first in a series on higher education worldwide. Among the topics addressed are "the impact of demographic changes on student enrolment, educational attainment, academic staff and policy choices" as well access to higher education, particularly for disabled and migrant students. Learn more>>
The purpose of this conference is to establish a dialogue among universities to address their responsibility to society. It will also launch the University Social Responsibility Alliance. Visit the conference website>>
Modeled off of the World Economic Forum, the World Universities Forum seeks to foster dialogue on the role of higher education in addressing large social challenges. Topics at this year’s conference include higher education in India and East Asia, development, and the contribution of the U.S. to the global systems of higher education. Brenda Gourley, Vice-Chancellor of the Open University and a Talloires Network Steering Committee member, will be one of the featured speakers. Click here for more information>>
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>>
Issued by the Brown University-sponsored Habla: The Center for Language and Culture in Mexico. This English-language website is continually updated to document best practices in art, language, and literacy development throughout the Americas. Visit the site>>