Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Update from the Chair: President Mark GearanHappy New Year! I would like to announce that Talloires Network members have voted to approve the slate of three nominees to the TN Steering our Steering Committee: Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor, University of Pretoria (South Africa); María Nieves Tapia, Director, Latin American Center for Service-Learning (Centro Latinoamericano de Aprendizaje y Servicio Solidario) (Argentina); and Timothy Tong, President, Hong Kong Polytechnic Univesity. All three have been elected to serve a three-year term through December 31, 2016. I would like to welcome and introduce these new members of the Network’s governing body. Each brings impressive vision, experience and working ties to our work. Here is some brief background information on the new SC members:Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of PretoriaIn her inaugural address at the University of Pretoria in 2010, Professor de la Rey emphasized the University’s role in civic engagement and social responsibility, stating, “a strong, resilient and peaceful democracy depends on a shared sense of civic responsibility, social interconnectedness and social justice. “ Prof. de lay Rey is registered as Psychologist by the Health Professions Council of South Africa and a fellow of the Psychological Society of South Africa. She has played a key role in several education policy- and research-related committees, including the National Advisory Council on Innovation, the National Human Resource Development Council, the Council of the Botswana University of Science and Technology. Professor de la Rey previously served as CEO of the South African Council on Higher Education and as Professor of Psychology and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town.
María Nieves Tapia, Director, Latin American Center for Service-Learning (Centro Latinoamericano de Aprendizaje y Servicio Solidario)
Nieves Tapia is the Founder and Director of the Latin American Center for Service-Learning, a major provider of training, program development assistance, and research in Latin America and beyond, and a partner regional organization of the Talloires Network. From 1997 to 2009, she initiated and coordinated national service-learning programs for the Argentina Ministry of Education. In 2002 and 2003, she coordinated the Solidarity Program Schools for the city of Buenos Aires. A pioneering leader in higher education civic engagement (and in primary and secondary education as well), she has delivered speeches at higher education conferences in many countries including Ireland, Australia, Spain, South Africa, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. Prof. Tapia was a founding board member of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement.
Timothy Tong, President, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Under Professor Tong’s leadership and as one of its major activities celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2012, Hong Kong Polytechnic University instituted a degree requirement that all undergraduates complete a community service learning requirement. Also in 2012 PolyU hosted “The First Summit on University Social Responsibility,” attended by academics from across China and other countries. Prior to becoming President of Hong Kong PolyU, Professor Tong served as Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science at George Washington University in the U.S.
I would also like to recognize Rafael Velasco, Rector, Universidad Católica de Córdoba (Argentina) and Jerome Slamat, former Chairperson, South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum, who completed their terms at the end of December, 2013. We greatly appreciate their hard work and outstanding contributions to the TN Steering Committee during their terms. I am grateful that Rector Velasco has been an influential voice in support of community partnerships in our movement. I also appreciate very much Dr. Slamat’s forceful advocacy for the vital role of partner networks and for the Networks’ promotion of community-engaged scholarship.
January signals the fourth edition of the expanded series. This issue begins with a tribute to Nelson Mandela. Next, we include an introduction to South Africa and the University of Pretoria and an interview with Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria. Also featured is an introduction to Egypt and the American University in Cairo and interviews with Lisa Anderson, President of the American University in Cairo and Nelly Corbel, Program Manager, University Civic Engagement, at the Gerhart Center at AUC as well as Rana Gaber, Director of Programs, Egyptian Youth Federation. Learn More>>
In July 2013, the Pakistan Chapter of the Talloires Network (PCTN) was established and a Steering Committee of 6 members was elected: Dr. Mansoor Akbar Kundi (VC Gomal Unuversity, DI Khan), Dr. Talat Naseer Pasha (VC University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore) Dr. Zakir Hussain (VC Government College University, Faisalabad), Vice Admiral Shahid Iqbal (Rector Bahria University), Dr. Nisar Ahmad Siddiqui (Director Sukkur Institute of Business Administration, Sukkur), and Dr. Najma Najam (VC Karakoram International University). Learn More>>
CLAYSS will be holding an online course from March to July, 2014 aimed at promoting the development of a high quality service-learning pedagogical proposal in Higher Education institutions. Registration will open February 24, 2014. Learn More>>
From December 16 through December 19, 2013, the Talloires Network and Kettering Foundation co-hosted a workshop in Boston, Massachusetts, entitled “Regional Perspectives on University Civic Engagement.” Learn More>>
Faculty and Staff Professional Development Program Workshop to be Held in Amman, Jordan
The Faculty and Staff Professional Development Program will hold its second workshop in Amman, Jordan on February 9 and 10, 2014. The workshop will be facilitated by Andy Furco and will focus on the topic: How to Integrate Civic Engagement onto University Campuses in the Arab Region: A Consultation for University Presidents and Senior Administrators. Please contact Dina Sherif, Senior Advisor for Civic Engagement at Silatech, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 3:00PM – 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
Final reminder – Nominations for the 2014 MacJannet prize are due on Friday, January 24, 2014! Visit the MacJannet section of our website to download an application form, see the timeline for 2014 nominations, review the selection process and view the profiles of previous winners.
The Bing Overseas Studies Program at Stanford University is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Director for its programme in Cape Town, South Africa. Applicants are encouraged to respond promptly. This is an immediate opening with a target start date of April 1, 2014, or sooner. Learn More>>
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is now accepting applications for the 2014 CCPH Annual Award. Exemplary partnerships from anywhere in the world that are striving to overcome the root causes of health, social, environmental and economic inequalities are invited to apply for the award, presented at the 13th International CCPH conference, April 30-May 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Applications are due February 10, 2014. Learn More>>
Volunteer Canada, Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning, Algonquin College, and Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement are now accepting papers for 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 are due February 28, 2014. Learn More>>
In an article for University World News, Miriam Wells writes about the launch of the Association of University Rectors’ Councils of Latin America and the Caribbean. ACRU-LAC hopes to achieve many of the same success as the European Universities Association (EUA). Learn More>>
Applications are being accepted through March 4, 2014 for the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success to be held June 17-21, 2014 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and March 14, 2014 for the Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments to be held July 9-13, 2014 at California State University, Fullerton, both held by the American Association of Colleges and Universities. Learn More>>
Edited by: Eliza J. Nash, Nevin C. Brown, Lavinia Bracci
This volume features a collection of papers from the second annual Intercultural Horizons conference held in October 2012 in New York City (USA). The 2012 conference was the second in what is becoming an annual series of meetings, and the present volume therefore is a companion to one issued last year by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (Intercultural Horizons: Best Practices in Intercultural Competence Development, 2012). Learn More>>
This volume explores the research and practice related to the development of personal and social responsibility in college, drawing data directly from institutions that were part of the Core Commitments Initiative and providing instructive examples of good practice at both the programmatic and institutional levels. This volume is the 164th volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Higher Education. Addressed to presidents, vice presidents, deans, and other higher education decision makers on all kinds of campuses, it provides timely information and authoritative advice about major issues and administrative problems confronting every institution. Learn More>>
Edited by Alma Maldonado Maldonado and Roberta Malee Bassett
This book honors Philip G. Altbach as a founding father of the field of international and comparative higher education; makes a fresh examination of the current state of the field of comparative higher education, with experts from different schools of thought and academic traditions; and contrasts some of the most important tendencies in this field. Learn More>>
9th International Congress of Higher Education. University 2014. Havana. Cuba. 10 – 14 February 2014.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 point 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>>Ashoka U Exchange. The New Scholar. Brown University. Providence, Rhode Island. USA. 20 – 22 February 2014.The 2014 Exchange seeks to build a model of The New Scholar as a collective identity emerging from both the curriculum and co-curriculum: students from different formal and informal educational settings; faculty, staff, and administrators from various higher education institutions; as well as practitioners whose work takes place in the community. 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>>
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>>