Janice Reid Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Sydney
Update from the Chair: President Larry Bacow
I am excited to report that the Talloires Network is expanding at an accelerating pace. Just two weeks ago, the Network announced that our membership had reached 100 institutions. Since then we have grown even further to 106 institutions in 38 countries, with a combined enrollment of over 3.5 million students. Our growing and diverse membership demonstrates the increasing momentum in the global movement toward socially-engaged universities.
Partnering with existing regional networks of universities, and helping to catalyze the establishment of new ones, is a critical aspect of our strategy to serve our growing membership. Our progress is illustrated by the launch of the Ma’an Arab University Alliance for Civic Engagement. The Ma’an Alliance has been launched with the support of the Talloires Network, and will lead efforts to advance civic engagement in Arab higher education. We have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with AUCEA, the Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance. AUCEA has been leading Australian efforts to advance civic engagement in higher education for several years; our partnership will facilitate the exchange of knowledge, increase potential for partnerships and mentoring, and expand awareness of the goals our networks and our member institutions share. By partnering with regional networks, we will be able to make the Talloires Network more responsive to local contexts and needs and more effective for all of us.
The Talloires Network and the MacJannet Foundation will present the first annual MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship at an award ceremony on June 6 at the Tufts European Center in Talloires, France. The Prize winners were announced on April 16 after a Selection Committee of leaders in higher education civic engagement reviewed the 67 applications. The Talloires Network will fly two representatives each from the first and second place winners to receive their awards in person at the Award Ceremony and participate in workshops. Learn about all of the Prize winners as well as the finalists at the MacJannet Prize website>>
The Talloires Network is pleased to welcome Juan Ramón de la Fuente as the newest member of our Steering Committee! We look forward to working with him and benefiting from his experience and unique perspectives. Prof. de la Fuente is currently serving as President of the International Assocation of Universities. He obtained his M.D. at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México’s school of medicine and trained in psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, USA. Learn more about Prof. de la Fuente>>
Students: Become part of an online peer community, designed to share challenges and experiences among students around the world who are interested in civic engagement. Each month, we’ll hold a monthly chat on topics such as fundraising, working with community partners, recruiting volunteers, and ensuring project sustainability. The first chat will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2009. E-mail Hannah Ayers to receive monthly updates about the forum. Visit the forum>>
Starting with 29 members when the Network was launched at the conclusion of the 2005 Talloires Conference, we have grown rapidly and now represent over 100 institutions in 38 countries and six continents with a combined enrollment of 3.5 million students. "The 100 members of the Talloires Network reflect the great diversity of higher education around the globe," explains President Larry Bacow, the chair of the Talloires Network Steering Committee. "What has brought our institutions together is a shared commitment to advancing our civic roles and social responsibility. Every new member of the Network brings fresh ideas and resources from which all of us can learn." See a list of our member institutions or learn more about this important milestone.
Launched after the regional conference "Tadamunn: Towards Civic Engagement in Arab Education" held in Cairo, the Ma’an Arab University Alliance for Civic Engagement works in collaboration with the Talloires Network to bring together Arab universities with the collective goal of encouraging and enhancing civic engagement implementation in higher education. Visit the Ma’an Alliance’s new website>>
Talloires Network and AUCEA sign MOU
The Talloires Network is pleased to announce that we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with AUCEA, the Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance, on April 30, 2009, creating a formal partnership between our two organizations. AUCEA is an alliance of 34 Australian universities committed to university-community engagement in order to promote the social, environmental, economic, and cultural development of communities. Learn more>>
The Rector of the Université Saint-Joseph, Professor René Chamussy, launched Opération 7ème Jour in response to the humanitarian crisis brought on by the 2006 war in Lebanon, engaging students, faculty, and staff in volunteer activities to provide immediate assistance to the population of South Lebanon. Since 2006, Opération 7ème Jour has transformed from an emergency relief effort to a large-scale development program with activities across Lebanon. Working closely with NGOs, government agencies, and local authorities, the program has continued and expanded its solidarity activities, managing development and health care initiatives in an even larger geographic area, with contributions from faculty and students from every academic discipline. Learn more at the Opération 7ème Jour website>>
An interview with Amani Elshimi, Director, Community Based Learning, John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo
An excerpt from the interview: There is high emphasis on faculty because it is the faculty members that drive the institutional curriculum. It is important to help faculty adopt and feel comfortable managing a class that engages meaningfully in community-based learning. Active teaching methodologies generally require time and commitment that only faculty who are truly passionate and confident about their work are able to offer. The Ma’an institute hopes to create the space for such faculty to share perspectives, develop and negotiate their conceptual understanding of learning and civic outcomes, and refine their skills and competencies in the area of engaging pedagogies.
African leaders lack the political will to make education a priority, according to Professor Is-haq Oloyede, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin in Nigeria. During his inauguration as the new President of the Association of African Universities, Prof. Oloyede said that while the continent has resources and skills, it does not have the willpower to have education on the top of the agenda. Read more>>
Vice-chancellors and presidents from Universitas 21, the international network of 21 research-intensive universities in 14 countries, on May 22 signed a statement on sustainability at their annual meeting held in Seoul, South Korea. The statement emphasises the important role universities play in facing the challenges of climate change, the decline of biodiversity, the need for energy, food and water security, and of economic sustainability and of human health. Read more>>
The GreenBusiness Works EXPO has announced that the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation (JRCPF) will award a $1000 Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur (CASE) grant during the EXPO 2009 on September 2, 2009. The CASE grant is one of the programs offered by JRCPF and is a student competition for the most innovative proposal for a student led community service project linked to the student’s academic work. Students at universities in the US wishing to apply for the CASE Grant for environmental service projects should visit the website of Service Book, which administers the grant.
Sponsored by North Carolina Campus Compact, and hosted by Appalachian State University, Partnerships focuses on how theories and practices can inform and improve partnerships among students, faculty, community agencies, and administrators. Studies co-authored by faculty, students, and/or community partners; or examining practices across disciplines or campuses; or exploring international networks are all encouraged. Learn more>>
Published by the Engineering Department at Penn State University, this peer-reviewed electronic journal focuses on the field of service learning in engineering. Volume 4 Issue 1 of the journal was published this spring and covers several interesting topics in the field. Read the issue>>
Written by Cheryl Brown Lilly and Robert Schwartz and published in the April 2009 issue of the Journal of College and Character, this article explores student perceptions of institutional values at a public research institution, Florida State University. The Journal of College and Character focuses on character development in college: how colleges and universities influence, both intentionally and unintentionally, the moral and civic learning and behaviors of college students. Read the article>>
This one-day symposium is being organized by the Centre for Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise at Newcastle University in the UK. The goal of the event is to move beyond a limited vision of engagement to sketch out a theoretically-informed practical policy agenda for a broad version of university-community engagement. Speakers will address the practicalities of encouraging engagement with excluded and marginalised groups both within HEIs and for policy-makers. Confirmed speakers for the event include Talloires Network civic engagement expert Angie Hart (Brighton University, Director, Community-University Partnerships Programme). Learn more>>
Sponsored by the Ma’an Arab University Alliance for Civic Engagement, this workshop is open to faculty and staff members from Arab universities. Topics to be addressed include the basics of civic engagement, the basics of community-based learning, community-based research and scholarship, and building & strengthening community partnerships. For more information and to register, visit the website>>
This conference will provide an opportunity for policy makers, academics and civil society organisations to consider current practice and future opportunities in the field of community based research partnerships. Living Knowledge 2009 will bring together some of the key thinkers and practitioners in the area of community based research, university/community partnerships and Science Shops. The conference aims to provide opportunities for collaborations and to ensure that this area of work is prioritised on policy agendas both nationally and internationally. Visit the conference website>>
Focusing on university extension programs in the region, the main objective of the conference will be to collectively reflect on the transformative capacity of extension, the process of university reform, and the promotion of a university committed to social transformation. The deadline for submission of abstracts is June 30. Learn more>>
Produced by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin, this evidence-based curriculum is intended as a tool for community-institutional partnerships that are using or planning to use a CBPR approach to improving health. It can be used by partnerships that are just forming as well as mature partnerships. Learn more>>