Janice Reid Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Sydney
Update from the Chair: President Larry Bacow
Thanks to the efforts of our members and partners, 2009 was a very productive year for the Talloires Network. Our membership more than doubled, and we number 161 universities in 55 countries. The Network signed a formal partnership with the Australian University Community Engagement Alliance (AUCEA) and helped establish the Ma’an Arab University Alliance for Civic Engagement. We awarded the first annual MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship and held an awards ceremony for the top prize winners. We launched a partnership program between six universities in Africa, the US, and the UK. And, as we reported in last month’s newsletter, the Network also worked to bring higher education and major funders together to build relationships focused on civic engagement.
I am energized by last year’s successes, and I am confident that our progress will continue to accelerate this year. The Network is working to formalize several additional regional partnerships which will increase our global reach and impact. Also, a meeting of Talloires Network leaders and partners at the Bellagio Conference Center in Italy this March will address key strategic questions on the future of the global movement for social responsibility in higher education. Look for more information on this in the months ahead. Together, we accomplished a great deal in 2009. I look forward to our continued collaboration and hope that 2010 is a year of great success for all our members and partners.
A reminder: The nomination deadline for this year’s MacJannet Prize has been extended to January 15. The Prize recognizes outstanding civic engagement programs at our member universities and contributes financially to their ongoing service efforts. I encourage you to visit our website to learn more about the Prize and to nominate a program.
The Talloires Network is currently accepting nominations of exceptional civic engagement programs at our member universities for the 2010 edition of the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship. The Prize provides recognition and financial support for eight outstanding programs. Programs may be nominated by administrators, faculty, staff, and students. Nominations are due by 15 January 2010. To learn more or nominate a program, visit our website>>
Several Talloires Network members are among nine institutions in Europe and the Middle East that have received funding of $1.3 million from the European Union’s EACEA-Tempus program to develop service-learning and civic engagement centres over the next three years. The Talloires member grantees are Roehampton University (UK), the National University of Ireland, Galway, and the American University of Beirut (Lebanon). Congratulations to these institutions. Visit the Tempus Program website to learn more>>
The Women Legal Leaders/Legal Feminism Clinic in Israel is a fresh approach to the traditional clinical legal education model. In addition to making clinical placements of law students from the university with community organizations, it helps female leaders in disadvantaged communities to realize their own visions of establishing projects and nascent NGOs to focus on particular social needs, such as opposing honor killings, rehabilitating women in prostitution, and advocating for the rights of divorced women in minority communities. It therefore creates strong links between the university and the community and empowers women to develop their communities. Learn more>>
Round 5 of funding through the British government’s Development Partnerships in Higher Education (DelPHE) programme is open. DelPHE provides grants to establish higher education partnerships linked to the UN Millennium Development Goals. All partnerships must be led by a university in one of 22 focus countries in Africa and Asia. DelPHE offers a partner-finding tool. The due dates for the Round 5 DelPHE applications are in February 2010, with the exact date varying by country. Learn more>>
GUNI’s 5th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education on November 23-26, 2010 will focus on higher education sustainability. GUNI has issued a call for Good Practices in higher education sustainability in the areas of teaching, research, community engagement, and institutional management/operations. The selected good practices will be presented in the parallel sessions at the Conference and will be published in the next Report Higher Education in the World 4. Visit GUNI’s website to learn more>>
The University of Texas at Austin and Dell are searching for student social entrepreneurs to dream up ingenious ideas to change the world. Students at universities and colleges around the world are invited to enter the 2010 Dell Social Innovation Competition for a chance to win $50,000 to turn their ideas into a new business or nonprofit with a mission to change lives for the better. The deadline to enter is March 1, 2010. Students can learn more or submit their ideas on the competition’s website>>
This article by Janet Eyler in the journal Liberal Education argues that experiential education can not only help students transition more gracefully from college to work and prepare them to be more engaged citizens, but it can also improve the quality of liberal learning itself and increase the likelihood that students will be able to use throughout their lives the knowledge, critical abilities, and habits of mind acquired in their studies. Read the article>>
The second volume of Gateways is a special issue edited by Martin Hall, Judy Favish, Janice McMillan and Sonwabo Ngcelwane. The volume looks at the various ways social responsiveness is being addressed at the University of Cape Town, a Talloires Network member since August 2008. Read the issue (registration for journal access is free)>>
The Forum examines the role and future of the University in a changing world. The Conference bring together University administrators, teachers and researchers to discuss the prospects of the academy and to exemplify or imagine ways in which the University can take a leading and constructive role in the transformations of our times. Community Service is one of the six themes of this year’s Forum. Learn more>>
The Ministry of Higher Education (MES) and the universities of Cuba convene the community of professors, researchers, undergraduate and postsecondary students, as well as higher education administrators, leaders and officials of institutions, organizations and enterprises related to higher education to the 7th International Congress of Higher Education “Universidad 2010”. With the central theme “The university for a better world”, the Congress ratifies the renewed commitment of higher education to its society and its time, and the leading role played by universities in the debate to find solutions to the problem of higher education and lifelong learning for all. The event is sponsored by various international organizations, including UNESCO. Learn more>>
This conference is the largest gathering of youth and practitioners involved in service-learning, drawing approximately 2,500 attendees from across the United States and around the world each year. Through three days of general sessions, thought leader series, service-learning projects, and networking, the conference engages participants in local, national, and global issues that service-learning addresses. Come explore more than 100 exhibits, and nearly 150 hands-on workshops and service-learning projects. Learn more>>
The Community University Partnership Programme (Cupp) at the University of Brighton has launched an initiative offering a range of local, national and international support to other universities and civil society organisations to explore the potential for partnership working in their local context. It shares the expertise Cupp has developed in:
addressing issues of marginalisation and inequality through local partnerships
embedding social engagement into university policy, teaching and research
ensuring the knowledge base of the university is accessible to its local community
The International Help Desk can offer up to 3 hours of on line support and/or the travel costs for one face to face visit at no charge providing their in country expenses are met. For more information, contact Dr. Juliet Millican or read the International Help Desk brochure. Domestic (UK) inquiries should be directed to Polly Rodriguez.