Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Update from the Chair: President Mark Gearan
Happy New Year! 2012 was another year of growth for the Talloires Network, as we welcomed 36 new universities, bringing our membership to 267 universities in 67 different countries. The Talloires Network Secretariat also expanded to include new full and part time staff members and graduate assistants, enabling us to pursue a variety of exciting initiatives.
Most notably, the Youth Economic Participation Initiative was launched in October, 2012, supported by a grant from The MasterCard Foundation. We received 63 Expressions of Interest for Demonstration Grants from 27 countries throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Central Asia, South Asia and South-east Asia. Finalists will be selected by the end of January with award winners announced in June.
We also introduced monthly featured profiles as part of the Leaders in the Civic Engagement Movement series and were able to interview six key leaders: Jan Reid, John Wood, Sharifah Hapsah Shahabudin, Jerome Slamat, Tony Monaco, and myself. I would like to thank all of them for their great work and contributions to higher education and civic engagement. We look forward to continuing this series through 2013, starting with a profile in this issue of Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, founding president of Aga Khan University, who has been instrumental in developing the YEPI.
In December, the Talloires Network partnered with Massachusetts Campus Compact, U.S. National Campus Compact and the New Eurasia Foundation to host representatives from two Russian universities as part of a week long study tour on “The Entrepreneurial Strategies of U.S. Universities: Best Practice and Partnerships for Community Development.” This was one of the first projects of its type undertaken by the Talloires Network and provides a valuable model for future collaboration with member universities and potential members alike.
I am eager to build on the successes of 2012 and enthusiastic about all of the opportunities that await the Talloires Network in 2013!
Leaders in the Civic Engagement Movement: Shamsh Kassim Lakha by Lorlene Hoyt
January signals the seventh installment of our Leaders in the Civic Engagement Movement series. This issue features Dr. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Founding President of Aga Khan University, Pakistan’s former Minister of Education as well as Science and Technology, and active member of the Talloires Network’s Steering Committee.Learn More>>
The Talloires Network would like to thank member universities who applied for the Youth Economic Participation Initiative Demonstration Grants. We received 63 Expressions of Interest from 27 countries spanning Latin American, the Caribbean, Africa, Central Asia, South Asia and South-east Asia. The impressive assortment of applicant programs represent a wide range of innovative approaches for university student employment training and professional development in over a dozen sectors. Finalists will be notified by the end of January 2013. Demonstration Grant award winners will be announced in June 2013. As always, we welcome your questions and comments by email at email@example.com. Visit our website and Twitter page for more information and notifications. Happy New Year!
The Talloires Network and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid are still accepting applications for the 2013 Talloires Network University Volunteer Pilot Program. For the pilot year, twenty volunteers will be selected to work on six-month long assignments that will begin as early as March 2013. Special emphasis will be given to South-South exchange in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.Learn More>> or Download the Application Form>>, in English and Spanish.
The nomination form for the 2013 MacJannet Prize is now available. Nominations are due on February 8, 2013. Visit the MacJannet section of our website to download an application form, see the timeline for the 2013 nomination and selection process and view the profiles of previous winners.
In early December 2012, the Talloires Network, with funding from The New Eurasia Foundation, collaborated with Massachusetts Campus Compact to lead a study tour for 15 representatives of Russian universities. The weeklong study tour entitled “The Entrepreneurial Strategies of U. S. Universities: Best Practice and Partnerships for Community Development” focused on the diverse array of community engagement programs underway in the Boston region. Learn More>>
The Talloires Network has welcomed 11 new members since the beginning of December, 2012. The Talloires Network now has 267 member universities in 67 countries throughout the world. Click here to see a list of our newest members!
Two schools from “Believe to See”, a School Capacity Building Program, conducted by Natura Cosmetics and the Latin American Center for Service Learning (CLAYSS) received the Presidential Award “Escuelas Solidarias” 2012. Learn More>>
The UNESCO Chair on Community-based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education has been mandated by UNESCO to promote the practice of community-based research with a view to strengthen the linkages between communities and institutions of higher education. It has been arranged that Dr. Budd Hall at University of Victoria, Canada and Dr. Rajesh Tandon, Society for Participatory Research in Asia, New Delhi are co-chairs, in a unique south-north partnership between academia and civil society. Learn More>>
The call for good practices for the 6th Annual Global University Network for Innovation conference, “Let’s Build Transformative Knowledge to Drive Social Change,” has been extended through January 31, 2013. The conference will be held May 13-15, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. Learn More>>
The ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme (AYVP) @ AsiaEngage is “looking to implement projects with diverse stakeholders from Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Government Agencies, Intergovernmental Organizations (e.g. UNV, UNESCO, UNICEF, the World Bank etc.), industries and foundations.” Learn More>>
The annual Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty recognizes a faculty member who is pre-tenure at tenure-granting campuses or early career (i.e., within the first six years) at campuses with long-term contracts and who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement. Learn More>>
Journal of Community Practice Call for Papers
The Journal of Community Practice announces a call for papers to appear in a special issue of the journal related to the theme “Interdisciplinary Scholarship for Community Practice,” guest edited by Lorraine M. Gutierrez, Larry Gant and Katie Richards Schuster at the University of Michigan. Manuscripts should be submitted online by April 1, 2013 for consideration by the special issue editors. Submission is via http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/wcom. Manuscripts may be approximately 25 typed pages double-spaced (including the abstract, references, tables and figures). Please contact Lorraine Gutierrez (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions about this special issue.
The Latin American Center for Service Learning (CLAYSS) has announced that pre-registration for “Development of Service-Learning Projects” and “Service-Learning in Higher Education” online courses is now open. The first cohort will be conducted from April to July 2013. Learn More>>
Inside Higher Ed has introduced a new blog, Higher Ed Mash Up, authored by William H. Weitzer, to provide “commentary about the advantages when colleges and universities blend the liberal arts and professional training.”Learn More>>
Rede Nacional de Mobilizaçâo Social (COEP) from Brazil, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), and the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation (3CI) at Carleton University (Canada) recently established a new international network and annual forum, “The Network for a Future That Works,” which “aims to find out how communities and universities can shape positive futures of hope and fulfillment, especially the futures of young people.” Learn More>>New High-Speed Internet Connects African Research to World
Wagdy Sawahel, for University World News, writes that “an African-led high-speed internet network has been launched to connect academics and researchers throughout Southern and East Africa to peers across the two regions and in Europe…[and] will promote African collaboration in research globally.” Learn More>>
Edited by Gary A. Olson and Lynn Worsham, “Education as Civic Engagement: Toward a More Democratic Society is a collection of ten essays examining education—mostly higher education—as civic engagement. These essays are the finest works of scholarship on education published over the last decade in JAC, an award-winning journal of rhetoric, politics, and culture. Collectively, the works in this volume analyze in a substantive and rigorous manner a number of key issues in the politics of education.” Learn More>>
“Asia is rapidly developing a wide variety of regional organizations and interactive patterns, reflecting in large part its increasing role in the global economic and political engagements. Higher Education constitutes a distinct sphere of activity within this overall pattern of regionalization, being the site of a wide range of organizational efforts to promote this outcome. Within this overall pattern, however, one can observe important differences in how patterns of national development persist in some instances and are overcome in others by the forces propelling regionalization. This volume, [edited by John N. Hawkins, Ka Ho Mok and Deane E. Neubauer] seeks to provide a useful conceptual structure for description and analysis of these phenomena, illustrated by insightful case studies of the role being performed in this overall regionalization by individual countries.”
“Universities are being seen as key urban institutions by researchers and policy makers around the world. They are global players with significant local direct and indirect impacts – on employment, the built environment, business innovation and the wider society. The University and the City [by John Goddard and Paul Vallance] explores these impacts and in the process seeks to expose the extent to which universities are just in the city, or part of the city and actively contributing to its development.” Learn More>>
The IMPACT National Conference brings together students, administrators, faculty, AmeriCorps members and VISTAs, and nonprofit professionals 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>>
The Digital Media and Learning Conference is an annual event supported by the MacArthur Foundation and organized by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub located at the UC Humanities Research Institute, University of California, Irvine. The conference is meant to be an inclusive, international and annual gathering of scholars and practitioners in the field, focused on fostering interdisciplinary and participatory dialog and linking theory, empirical study, policy, and practice. Learn More>>
IUPUI Center for Service and Learning and Indiana Campus Compact announce the 5th Annual Connecting Campuses with Communities Events, consisting of a Service Learning Institute from 13-15 May, 2013 and a Research Academy from 15-17 May, 2013. Learn More>>
The Global University Network for Innovation conference is an international forum for debate on the challenges facing higher education. The 2013 conference will explore the critical dimensions in our understanding of the roles, and potential roles, of higher education institutions (HEIs) in contributing to the creation of another possible world. Within this context the Conference looks to answer the call of the challenges of our time, while maintaining an eye towards the future regarding the role of knowledge and HEIs. Learn More>>
The Community and Civic Engagement Initiative within Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts announces the first Academy for Civic Professionalism for faculty in the arts, social sciences and humanities who are interested in incorporating the tenets of civic professionalism into their courses, outreach scholarship and P & T documentation. ACP will provide an intense three-day workshop for successful participants. ACP is limited to 25 participants so get your application for admission in early. Learn More>>