Janice Reid Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Sydney
Update from the Chair: President Larry Bacow
I am very pleased to report that Banco Santander has signed a partnership agreement with Tufts University to support initiatives of the Talloires Network. Santander will also enhance the Talloires Network by connecting the Santander Universities community to the Network’s mission and goals. Based in Spain, Santander is one of the world’s largest banking groups. The group has a strong record of working with universities, and we are excited to partner with the Santander Universities Global Division, particularly its Universia initiative in Latin America.
During the Talloires Network Bellagio Conference in March, participants discussed the relationship between the global Talloires Network and regional contexts around the world. Latin America, where universities have a long tradition of extension work and service, is a key region for the Network. Since 2005, our membership in the region has grown from 5 original signatories of the Talloires Declaration to 26 universities. The Network has partnered with the Latin American Center for Service-Learning (CLAYSS) since 2008. CLAYSS works with the Network in planning for regional conferences and events, developing and maintaining a Spanish-language website, and reaching out to universities across the region. I look forward to working with our partners at CLAYSS and our new partners at Santander, as well as with our members in Latin America, to expand the Network’s activities and impact in the region.
In closing, I am delighted to congratulate the winners of the 2010 MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship. First Prize went to PuentesUC (Bridges UC) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. The selection process for the MacJannet Prize was very competitive this year, and the winners are excellent models for university civic engagement. Please see below to read about all eight winners.
The Talloires Network and the MacJannet Foundation are pleased to announce the winners of the second annual MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship. After receiving 66 nominations from 54 universities in 27 countries, the MacJannet Prize Selection Committee has chosen the following programs:
1st Prize, $5000 –
PuentesUC, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile)
2nd Prize, $2500 –
Community Awareness Initiatives Responsibly-Directed by Engineers (CAIRDE), National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)
HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education, University of Mines and Technology (Ghana)
3rd Prize, $1000 –
Community Builders, Wartburg College (USA)
Humanity in Focus, University of Hong Kong (China)
Student Leaders for Service, Portland State University (USA)
Ubunye, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
Vidas Móviles, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia)
Please visit our website for information about this year’s winners!
Since the devastating earthquake that struck Chile in February, higher education institutions in the country, including Talloires Network members, have rushed to meet the urgent needs of affected communities and to begin the process of rebuilding. The response illustrates the commitment of higher education institutions in the region to engaging with their communities, and it demonstrates the positive impact that socially responsible universities can have on a community. Learn more>>
Launched in April by the Latin American Center for Service-Learning (CLAYSS), this program promotes social engagement and service-learning practices, and intends to help students in the region be players and leaders in their own community, using knowledge in the service of local development. The program includes an 18-month program of in-person and distance teacher training, scholarships for participation in the XIII International Seminar on service-learning (to be held in Buenos Aires on 26-27 August 2010), and technical support for the institutionalization of programs. Thanks to the support received from private donors, CLAYSS can offer this program with a 50% reduction in costs to the member institutions of the Talloires Network and the Ibero-American Service-Learning Network. Requests to enroll in the program can be submitted by a single institution, or you can consider a joint application between several universities in the same city. Learn more at clayss.org or email email@example.com
GUNI has issued a Call for Good Practices in Higher Education and Sustainability in the areas of teaching, research, community engagement, and institutional management/operations. The Call aims to identify good practices that refer to sustainability courses, resources to sustainability, research and centre developments, civic-engagement, responsible management of material and human resources and an emergent sustainability perspective as a global cultural transformation integrated into all educational projects of one institution. Selected good practices will be presented in the framework of the 5th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education ‘Higher Education’s commitment to Sustainability: from Understanding to on 23-26 November 2010 and published in the next ‘Report Higher Education in the World 4’. Submissions are due by 31 May. Visit GUNI’s website to learn more>>
The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy provides a platform for developing new ideas and solutions to some of the most difficult global problems. Residencies – typically one-month stays – allow for disciplined work and collaborative action on these issues, uninterrupted by the usual professional and personal demands. Bellagio residents include scholars, scientists, artists, journalists, writers, non-governmental organization practitioners and policymakers from around the world. The Bellagio Center is especially interested in applicants from around the globe who are working in fields that are consistent with the Rockefeller Foundation’s issue areas. Learn more>>
The report for the Talloires Network conference at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center is now available. In March, 20 world leaders in higher education civic engagement gathered in Italy to evaluate the progress of the Talloires Network and to discuss our future strategy to advance the global movement for socially engaged and responsible higher education. Read the Report>>
A Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) is a network of existing formal, non-formal and informal education organizations, mobilized to deliver education for sustainable development (ESD) to local and regional communities. A network of RCEs worldwide constitutes the Global Learning Space for Sustainable Development. This meeting will be held in the framework of an International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in Curitiba, Brazil. Learn more>>
Universia will convene the Rectors and Presidents of its member institutions in Guadalajara, Mexico in order to improve their teaching and research, increase their degree of internationalization and deepen their economic responsibility and social commitment. Universia is a network that consists of over 1,100 Universities in Latin America and Europe. It seeks to promote higher education opportunities and international cooperation between universities, students and professors in the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world. Universia is sponsored by the Santander Group. Learn more>>
The AUCEA 2010 Conference will address key challenges faced by universities in increasing community participation and addressing social equity. This is a different focus from previous conferences and is a must attend event for committed higher educators and their community partners. Keynote speakers include: Prof. Sarena Seifer, Founding Executive Director of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH); Senator Ursula Stephens, Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion; and Prof. Scott Bowman, Vice Chancellor of Central Queensland University. Learn more>>
PuentesUC is a program of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Launched in 2002 to set up a link between the university and local municipalities, its general objective is to contribute both to student learning outcomes and to community development. Participants are students, professors, town officers and authorities in continuous learning and development, based on the image of a bridge that links academia with city authorities and workers. Since its creation, the program has developed over 1000 projects in 14 municipalities that have entered the respective agreements, with participation of 6500 students and 200 professors of all faculties. These projects entail coursework, professional practices, thesis or dissertations, volunteerism, extension and research. Visit the PuentesUC profile>>
"Manual of Good Practice in the Development of University Engagement and Volunteerism" argues that universities should take an active part in building a more just and participatory society through volunteerism and cooperation. The university is not only a teaching and learning space but is, above all, a place where values and citizenship can be learned. This manual provides practical guidance and examples from across Spanish universities on how to implement university community engagement (in Spanish). Read the manual>>