Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Update from the Chair: President Mark Gearan
The Talloires Network Steering Committee had a very productive meeting by conference call last week. It was especially exciting as it was the first meeting which new members Timothy Tong, Nieves Tapia and Cheryl de la Rey have joined since beginning their terms on January 1. Other SC members in attendance were: Jan Reid, Lisa Anderson, Tony Monaco, Jose Sanz, and Sharifah Shahabudin. We were joined by Rob Hollister, Lorlene Hoyt and Maureen Keegan from the TN Secretariat. After reviewing the Network’s achievements since July, 2013 and work plan for the next six months, we spent the bulk of the call discussing the upcoming Talloires Network Leaders Conference in Cape Town (TNLC 2014). We had a very productive discussion about themes to emphasize at the conference including comparative regional perspectives and elevating the contributions of higher education to social and economic development. The members of the steering committee were also enthusiastic about encouraging student participation in the conference. The SC will be meeting by telephone in July, 2014 and will have their next in person meeting in Cape Town in advance of TNLC 2014.
I am also pleased to report that the website for the 2014 Talloires Network Leaders Conference will be launching in the next few weeks. We look forward to sharing information with you as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, we invite you to connect with us on social media with the official hashtag – #tnlc2014.
March signals the fifth edition of the expanded series. This edition begins with a brief introduction to Chile and one of its engaged universities, the Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh). It also features interviews with UACh Directors Dr. Ester Fecci Perez of the Center of Entrepreneurship, Ms. Andrea Pino of the Center for Environmental Studies and Human Sustainable Development, and Mr. Juan Leyton, community activist and organizer working with UACh and Tufts University. Learn More>>
The Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi) along with the Institute for Global Social Responsibility at the Seoul National University, UNESCO Bangkok, and the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility is organizing the 1st International Forum on University Global Social Responsibility. The Forum will be held in Seoul, South Korea on March 24 and 25, 2014 and will cover the current status and practices of university social responsibility, as well as exploring its issues, opportunities and future directions. Learn More>>
TN to Co-Sponsor Higher Education for Democratic Innovation Conference
The Council of Europe, the US Steering Committee of the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy, Queen’s University and other partners will be hosting a conference at Queen’s University Belfast from June 25 through June 27, 2014. Talloires Network will be co-sponsoring the conference and Executive Director, Rob Hollister, will be speaking at the event. Queen’s University will be hosting the conference website.
Talloires Network Programs and Announcements
Secretariat Staff Announcements
The TN Secretariat is pleased to welcome Matias Ramos, who joined the staff as Communications Coordinator in February. Based in Boston, Matias is a native of Argentina and studied at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Among his responsibilities at TN, Matias will be working to grow TN presence on social media. Please follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook if you have not already. The TN Secretariat is also pleased to announce that Maureen Keegan, who has been with TN since August 2012, has been promoted to Senior Program Coordinator. In her new role, Maureen’s responsibilities will include continuing to manage the MacJannet Prize and taking a lead role in planning the 2014 Talloires Network Leaders Conference (TNLC).
TN Executive Director, Rob Hollister and Director of Programs and Research, Lorlene Hoyt, have published an article in the All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. This article discusses trends in the global university civic engagement movement, presents selected programs and activities of the Talloires Network and reflects on the Network’s strategies for advancing key trends. Learn More>>
From February 9 – 10, 40 university presidents from the Arab world convened in Amman, Jordan for a workshop as part of the Faculty and Staff Professional Development Program. The workshop was run by Innovations in Civic Participation in collaboration with Silatech. Learn More>>
The TN Secretariat would like to congratulate TN Steering Committee Chair Mark Gearan and his wife, Mary, on being selected by the Geneva (NY) Rotary Club as the 2014 recipients of the Springstead Award. Learn More>>
TN Steering Committee member Shamsh Kassim-Lakha was featured in Genorosity Amid Want, an op-ed authored by Bina Shah on February 13, 2014 on philanthropy in Pakistan. Learn More>>
2014 MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship
We would like to thank everyone who nominated a program for the 2014 MacJannet Prize. From the 59 nominations received, 11 semifinalists from 10 countries have been selected to move to the next round. The MacJannet Prize recognizes exceptional student civic engagement initiatives based in Talloires Network member universities around the world. Three prizes will be awarded: 1st Prize ($7,500), 2nd Prize ($5,000), and 3rd Prize ($2,500). Winning programs will be profiled on the Talloires Network website and in communications that reach thousands of higher education professionals worldwide and will be invited to take part in an awards ceremony at the 2014 Talloires Network Leaders Conference in Cape Town, South Africa in December, 2014. We look forward to announcing the winning programs in early May.
“In honor of President Scott Cowen’s commitment to civic engagement and upcoming retirement after 16 years of service to Tulane, the city of New Orleans, and the field of civic engagement,” the Tulane community is participating in the Cowen Service Challenge with the goal of contributing 750,000 hours of service between August 1, 2013 and May 2, 2014. To date, 309,730 hours of service have been completed by students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Tulane. Students are participating through public service activities as part of their experience at Tulane including “service-learning courses, internships, community service activities, fundraisers, and community based research projects.” Alumni, staff, and faculty members are able to contribute hours by working with non-profit agencies, serving on non-profit boards, conducting community based research, or volunteering with religious communities or their children’s schools. TN Executive Director Rob Hollister comments, “the Cowen Service Challenge is such a fitting way to celebrate the pioneering civic leadership of President Cowen. He and his colleagues have made Tulane and inspiring model of university community engagement – both in the U.S. and around the world.” Learn More>>
On Monday, February 10, the World Bank hosted a presentation where Michael Crow, president of TN member Arizona State University, shared lessons learned from ASU’s global partnerships with leading universities, ministries of Science & Technology, development agencies, and corporations, as well as from its work fostering local development. A recording is available on the World Bank Live website. Learn More>>
Proposals are being accepted through May 31 for Intercultural Horizons 2014: Currents in Community Development, Civic Engagement, and Intercultural Competence hosted by SUNY Geneseo and Siena Italian Studies. The conference committee is requesting sessions that will offer diverse, engaging experiences as well as resources for academics and professionals interested in advancing intercultural competence in their institutions and beyond. Learn More>>
A world leader in community-university partnerships, Professor Angie Hart, presented an interactive workshop to community, university and social services representatives from across the Hunter region on Wednesday 12 February at the University of Newcastle (UON), Australia. Learn more>>
On February 4, a new national movement, TheDream.US was announced, which will provide college scholarships so that DREAMers can graduate from college. The program targets undocumented immigrant who students, who as a result of their status, are not eligible to apply for federal financial aid. TheDream.US is co-founded by Donald E. Graham, Henry R. Munoz III and Carlos Gutierrez. Learn More>>
The New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) and Center for Engaged Democracy (CED) at Merrimack College are now accepting nominations for the annual Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty. The award will be presented at the 20th Annual Conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) to be held from October 5-7, 2014 in Syracuse, NY. Nominations are due by 5:00 pm EDT on Friday, May 16, 2014. Learn More>>
Pearson, the world’s leading learning company and supported of the TN FSPD program through its foundation, announced that it will be sharing an Open Badge platform called Acclaim. “Acclaim gives organizations the ability to translate and recognise someone’s professional achievements and learning outcomes with Open Badges, which can be shared and validated online.” Learn More>>
On February 19, the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University launched Tufts 1+4, a bridge year program through which incoming students will be able to take part in a year of domestic or international service prior to beginning their first year of a traditional college experience. Students applying in the Fall 2014 admissions cycle will be the first participate in the program. Learn More>>
The New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) has released a working paper on the Community Engagement Classification application process entitled “Gathering Date and Documenting Impact.” The paper explores the results of a mixed-method, two-part study of institutions that received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification in 2010. Learn More>>
Alya Mishra, for University World News, reports on a shocking trend that half of Indian university graduates or more are not graduating with the skills necessary for them to be deemed employable in any sector of the market. Learn More>>
This book, to be released in June 2014, encourages the development of student-community engagement within universities and other colleges offering programmes of higher education. It aims to be a valuable and accessible resource to support individuals and groups who wish to actively pursue this development, offering perspectives from lecturers and course leaders as well as students and community partners. Learn More>>
In an article for University World News, Rebecca Warden writes about Knowledge, Engagement and Higher Education: Contributing to social change, the fifth report in the Higher Education in the World series to be produced by the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi). Learn More>>
Edited by Ross Velure Roholt, R.W. Hildreth and Michael Baizerman
The decreasing rate of involvement in organized groups and with voting by young people is a disturbing trend that perhaps can be turned around. Becoming Citizens: Deepening the Craft of Youth Civic Engagement brings together civic education, experiential education, and political theory to provide a revealing multiple-perspective examination of the new alternative way of practice in the youth work field called civic youth work. This helpful resource bridges the theory of civic engagement with education, ground both in extensive data, and then discuss various youth civic engagement initiatives that battle apathy and effectively invite expanded involvement by young people. Learn More>>
In an article for University World News, Sharon Dell explores the impact that the emphasis on international scientific collaboration is having on research individualism and the continent’s research evolution and priorities. Learn More>>
In an article for The Boston Globe, Michael B. Farrell addresses MIT’s new campus wide effort to establish itself as the leader in technological innovation and entrepreneurship in the 21st century, in the wake of increasing from competition from institutions including Harvard and Stanford. Learn More>>
Which trends are transforming learning and teaching, and how should European universities respond? EUA’s 2014 Annual Conference will explore innovative teaching approaches that are being developed, discussed or introduced, and consider their implications for the organisation of learning and teaching processes in the years to come. The conference will thus provide a forum for discussing how universities in different parts of Europe and the world respond to current pressures for change and try to anticipate tomorrow’s educational needs.
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>>
The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world’s leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, and participants from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship. Learn More>>
With more than 300 participants, the conference will be the leading international discussion forum for academics, researchers, practitioners and business representatives on university-industry interaction, where theory and practice are equally emphasised in the programme, which consists out of keynote presentations, track sessions, workshops and sight visits. During this three day conference, high emphasis is placed on networking opportunities and creative space, as well as skill development workshops (executive education), delivered by EADA Business School, one of Europe’s leading Business Schools. Learn More>>