Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Update from the Chair: President Mark GearanIt gives me great pleasure to congratulate the winners of the 2014 MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship! First Prize has been awarded to the Rec and Read Mentorship Program at the University of Manitoba in Canada. The Legal Services Clinic at the National Law School of India University is the recipient of the Second Prize. The Third Prize winner is the Wits Initiative for Rural Health Education at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. Honorable Mentions were awarded to the Pathways to Higher Education program at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and the Centro de Desarrollo Comunal at the Universidad Senor de Sipan in Peru.This year marks the first time that programs from Canada, India and the Philippines have been recognized by the MacJannet Prize. Thank you to all of the member universities who participated in this year’s MacJannet Prize process, as well as to the members of the Selection Committee who contributed their time and expertise to selecting the prize winners. The high quality of the finalists for the MacJannet Prize is a reminder of the strength and continued growth of the global movement of engaged universities.
I look forward to the MacJannet Prize Presentation Ceremony that will be a part of the Talloires Network Leaders Conference in South Africa later this year! Please see the article below for more information about the winners.
University World News to serve as official TNLC media partner!
One of the most important higher education publications in the world, University World News, will cover the Talloires Network Leaders Conference from beginning to end. First published in October 2007, UWN covers the whole spectrum of higher education around the globe, and it publishes some of the leading higher education writers and journalists. We are proud to collaborate with them for the upcoming conference, now less than seven months away! For more on #TNLC2014, click here.
TN Executive Director Rob Hollister comments, “Our movement suffers a big visibility gap – public awareness of the scale and impacts of university civic engagement is woefully limited in comparison with the reality of what students and professors on all continents are doing to combat poverty, improve public health, and restore the environment. UWN is uniquely equipped help us realize the full potential of TNLC 2014 to close the visibility gap.” UWN’s e-newspaper has more than 43,000 registered readers – mostly academic and higher education managers and policy-makers – in 150 countries. In addition to the overall size and identity of its readership, UWN’s geographic breadth make it a natural partner of the Talloires Network. 19% of UWN’s readers live in Africa, 23% in Asia and Oceania, and 26% in Europe.
UWN served very effectively as media partner for TN’s last global conference in Madrid in 2011. A team of 5 UWN journalists will prepare and publish in its weekly e-newsletter a series of articles prior to TNLC 2014 about subjects that will be priority themes and issues at the conference. In addition, they will provide “live” coverage during the conference and also prepare an official conference report.
May signals the eighth edition of the expanded series. This issue includes an introduction to Zimbabwe and the University of Zimbabwe in Harare. Also, we feature interviews with Dr. Charity Manyeruke Chair and Lecturer at University of Zimbabwe, Mr. Donald Bodzo, Executive Director of paNhari organization and Mr. Irvine Chimedza, a graduate student. Learn More>>>
Dr. Andrew Selgsohn will be the fifth president of Campus Compact, beginning in June 2014. Seligsohn currently serves as Associate Chancellor for Civic Engagement and Strategic Planning at Rutgers University–Camden. Campus Compact has more than 1,100 national and international member institutions with 34 state affiliates. Learn More>>>
Innovations in Civic Participation, in partnership with Silatech and the Ma’an Alliance for Civically Engaged Arab Universities, supports universities across the Arab region to increase their efforts in civic engagement.
They recently announced the four recipients of their small grants program: Al Akhawayn University, Ibn Zohr University, Islamic University of Gaza, and Palestine Polytechnic University. Learn More>>>
The first place winner, receiving $7,500 is the Rec and Read Mentorship Program at the University of Manitoba in Canada, which is a culturally based community physical activity program for Aboriginal youth and young people living in diverse communities. This year, 59 nominations from 50 universities in 21 countries around the world were received for the MacJannet Prize. The MacJannet Prize Presentation Ceremony will take place during the Talloires Network Leaders Conference (TNLC) in South Africa in December, 2014. Learn More>>>
The Talloires Network and Innovations in Civic Participation held a webinar on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 titled, “Setting Goals and Capturing Impacts and Outcomes of Community Engagement.” The presenter, Barbara Holland, led webinar participants in learning about new trends and approaches to planning and monitoring a community engagement agenda. To access a recording of the webinar, click here>>>
On Friday, April 18, 2014, more than 40 community activists and faculty and students from M.I.T. and Tufts University gathered in downtown Boston for a day-long critical learning and sharing workshop hosted by Tufts Practical Visionaries Workshop and the Center for Economic Democracy. Learn More>>>
YEPI is designed to catalyze change in the way universities across the globe prepare their students for economic life after graduation. The Talloires Network has chosen eight of these universities – outstanding programs at Talloires Network universities on four continents – to receive YEPI demonstration grants. Learn More>>>
The Washington Center’s New York Life Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards recognize institutions achieving breadth and depth of civic engagement through transformational partnerships that ddress issues of public concern at any level from the local to the global. Nominations will be accepted until May 23, 2014. Learn More>>>
The editors of the journal are pleased to announce a special edition titled, “University Engineering Programs That Impact Communities: Critical Analyses and Reflections.” The deadline for applying is September 15, 2014. Learn More>>>
The New Englang Resource Center for Higher Education and the Center for Engaged Democracy at Merrimack College present the 2014 Ernest A. Lynton award. The award will go to a full-time faculty member who is pre-tenure and connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement. Learn More>>>
In her new book, Rebecca Nthogo Lekoko delivers a step-by-step guide of how to develop community skills. “An Engaged Learner” delivers practical advice on developing a wide range of skills, including problem solving, interpersonal communication and critical thinking. “One of the greatest needs of community development these days is to have citizens who are responsible, who can relate well with others and make informed decisions,” says Lekoko. Learn More>>>
Four universities on four continents have embarked on a programme to share expertise and best practices in blending classroom and virtual teaching and learning experiences. The universities of Stellenbosch in South Africa, Guelph in Canada, Malmo in Sweden and Flinders in Australia kicked off the first of four conferences on transforming education through technological innovation on 25-26 March at the Wallenberg Research Centre in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
In its first issues of 2014, JHEOE opens its 18th volume year with a few special features. It includes an inaugural column by a Campus Compact university president. Other articles commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which created the Cooperative Extension movement and took educational research and resources beyond campuses to communities. Learn More>>>
Research-intensive African universities can play an important role in contributing to the evidence base to address Africa’s development challenges. In rising to meet these challenges through quality research, they are providing African solutions to African problems and stimulating local demand for better, stronger and more contextualised evidence. Learn More>>>
This publication from the Association of American Colleges and Universities provides perspectives of institutional leaders who are inspired rather than discouraged by the present challenges of civic renewal and higher education. Each author presents a distinct approach from his or her own institution—from community colleges to research universities both public and private in the United States and the world of which it is part. Learn More>>>
As universities seek to enhance their potential to contribute to the public good, there is growing effort globally to promote community-university engagement. At the same time communities, organizations and governments seek to leverage the knowledge and resource capacity of universities to address community needs. CUVIC 2014 is an opportunity to reflect on these efforts and enable community-university innovation and action within the institutional, Indigenous, national and global context. Learn More>>
Takaful is an annual regional meeting of scholars, young researchers, policy-makers, activists and practitioners in the field of philanthropy and civic engagement, both from within and outside the Arab region. The conference is structured to encourage interaction between scholarly analysis and lived experience, with the hope of contributing to sound policy and practice in philanthropy and civic engagement. Papers of a comparative nature and those covering understudied geographical areas are particularly welcome. Takaful 2014 will be hosted jointly by the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo, the American University in Beirut, the University of Balamand, and Columbia Global Centers | Middle East (Amman). Learn More>>
We invite you to be part of this initial, first of its kind Global Summit, a small group of innovators and catalysts that inspires, learns, and connects with each other to push the boundaries of leadership in a new direction. Learn new skills needed to address the increasingly complex social, ecological, and economic challenges that face our organizations and communities. Learn More>>>
The Council of Europe, the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy, the European Wergeland Centre, and Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, will carry out the Global Forum on “Higher Education and Democratic Innovation”. This Conference is part of the cooperation between different partners committed to promoting democracy, human rights and the rule of law as well as social cohesion and intercultural dialogue, and their belief in the key role of education in furthering these goals. Learn More>>>