The Talloires Network exists to enhance the work of its member institutions and their local colleagues. Our strategy is to be a “network of networks,” partnering with national or regional networks around the topic of civic engagement. In the coming months, the Talloires Network will participate in a number of important events that address the future of civic engagement within higher education. In April, the International Associations of Universities (IAU) will convene the 3rd Global Meeting of Associations of Universities in Guadalajara, Mexico. This meeting will strengthen the Network’s role as a central point of connection for universities who want to strengthen civic engagement activities. The conference theme is “Making Sense of the Emerging Global Higher Education Landscape,” and the presenters will include Susan Stroud, Executive Director of Innovations in Civic Participation and secretariat of the Network. In June, the Talloires Network itself will co-sponsor the inaugural Campus Engage conference, “Higher Education and Civic Engagement Partnerships: Create, Challenge, Change,” to be held in Dublin. There too, we will advance our mission of connecting networks and providing context-specific resources by convening leaders of many regional networks from around the world to discuss future collaboration.
If you can, we hope that you will join us for these exciting events. We’ll also post relevant documents from the meetings on our website to ensure that all of our members can benefit from the discussions. I look forward to our continued conversations about the civic roles of higher education, at these events and beyond.
Our Google Translate tool allows visitors to view the entire Talloires Network website in 35 languages. Select your language in the drop-down menu on our sidebar, and each page will be automatically translated. We hope this will allow even more people to learn about civic engagement and higher education. We also added translations of Talloires Network documents in Urdu on our Foreign Language Resources page. Learn more>>
View our newly updated student home page, featuring links to resources and suggestions for how students can get involved. Forward this link to students who are interested in civic engagement and community service. Visit the page now>>
Eleven member institutions were honored with inclusion on The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Honor Roll "recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs." Read more on our blog>>
The new Centre opened on February 20, and featured special guest Mr. Suresh Shetty, Honorable Minister of State for Higher and Technical Education, Tourism, Special Assistance & Parliamentary Affairs. The overall aim of the Centre will be to study the various aspects of social exclusion, create awareness about the same in the communities as well as create a cadre of scholars and activists in the area of social exclusion. The Centre will also build partnerships with community organizations engaged in combating social exclusion and offer courses in the field of Social Exclusion Studies. SNDT’s profile>>
Fourteen student associations from around the world issued a statement calling for greater accessibility, quality, and respect for students’ rights in higher education institutions. "In our vision," the statement reads, "higher education needs to simultaneously fulfill all its missions: improving graduate degree prospects, democracy building and ensuring active citizenship." Read the full statement>>
In an interview with GUNI, Andrew Mott, the Executive Director of the Community Learning Partnership and Senior Fellow at the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, addressed the importance of collaboration in order to bring about social change. What is needed, says Mott, "are partnerships between the practitioner world and the academic and more theoretical world. If they can come together, they will get at what I consider the most important strategy for dealing with the most serious social and economic and political issues all of our societies face." Read more>>
These awards will recognize student leaders who have made a significant impact by helping to make the world a better place outside of their educational communities, either through work with a campus group or other recognized non-profit organization. Nominations must be received by March 31, 2009. Learn more>>
The Leadership for Higher Education Reform (LEADHER) Programme connects professionals in higher education institutions working to improve the match between societal demands and what higher education institutions offer. Winning institutions will receive a grant and opportunities for international collaboration. The deadline for the Spring 2009 competition is May 15. Learn more>>
The IUPUI Research Academy is an interactive summer workshop to develop skills, learn about methods and literature, develop a research project and advance research related to service learning in higher education. Applications are due by March 27, and the academy will be held May 14-16, 2009. Learn more>>
This book, subtitled Education and Labor Market Initiatives in Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, examines these four countries’ methods of reforming their education systems in order to build human capital. The authors find that evaluation and assessment efforts must be strengthened in order to determine the reforms’ effects. Learn more>>
Join community and campus practitioners and scholars to deeply explore engaged teaching, research and service partnerships – their proven mechanisms and strategies for success, persistent challenges, and the scholarship of partnerships. This institute is co-sponsored by the Talloires Network. Learn more>>
Organized by the Community University Partnership Programme (Cupp) at the University of Brighton, this conference will bring together practitioners, academics, service users, community members and policy makers to explore how we can develop university community practice. Elizabeth Babcock, Talloires Network coordinator, will serve on a panel entitled “Supporting Community-University Practitioners.” The discussion will focus on how regional, national and international efforts can be coordinated to produce the best possible outcomes for practitioners of civic engagement programs. Learn more>>
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. Susan Stroud, Executive Director of Innovations in Civic Participation, will speak during a parallel workshop, focusing on “Emerging actors on the global landscape – their specificity, role and links to associations.” Learn more>>
This will be the first annual international conference sponsored by Campus Engage, a network for the promotion of civic engagement in Irish higher education. The conference will provide participants from community and higher education with an opportunity to discuss the potential for change offered by civic engagement partnerships in areas such as service learning / community-based learning, research, civic education and volunteering. The Talloires Network is a co-sponsor of the conference. Learn more>>
Ms. Wendy Wrench at Rhodes University in South Africa, one of our civic engagement experts, arranges for final-year pharmacy students to volunteer on the world’s first health care train. Services provided by the train include examinations by nurses, provision of medicines, education about basic health issues, eye examinations, dental examinations, and psychological assessments. With the help of the students’ enthusiasm and knowledge, the train, says Wrench, brings "hope and better health to rural South Africa." Learn more>>
The Talloires Network website has a number of assessment tools for service-learning programs. Check out "Shumer’s Self-Assessment for Service-Learning,” developed by Rob Schumer from the University of Minnesota. To assess sustainability, use the tool developed by Campus Community Partnerships for Health. The Council on Higher Education in South Africa has also developed several helpful evaluation instruments. Learn more>>
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