Young people, and especially college students, demonstrated their dedication to political and civic engagement last week when millions of them voted in the American presidential election. In the weeks and months leading up to the election, young people of all political leanings volunteered their time to register fellow students and canvass for their candidates. College students made critical contributions to grassroots efforts on campuses and in surrounding communities.
Here at Tufts, the Campus Center was packed wall to wall on election night with students whose shared commitment to civic engagement united them whatever their specific beliefs. It was a wonderful reminder of how much young people value meaningful opportunities to connect with others and strengthen their communities. The Talloires Network is one very important way that institutions of higher education can help meet this call, which we hear throughout the world.
The MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship will recognize and financially support eight exemplary civic engagement projects at Talloires Network member institutions. Nomination forms can be filled out on-line or mailed to the Talloires Network office, and must be received by December 15th. Visit the website>>
The Talloires Network established a partnership with CLAYSS, the Centro Latinoamericano de Aprendizaje y Servicio Solidario (the Latin American Center for Service-Learning) in June 2008. The two organizations are working together to strengthen the civic engagement activities of Network members in the region, plan events, and more. Visit the new CLAYSS-Talloires Network partnership site in Spanish>>
CGI U will hold its second annual conference of university students from February 13 to 15, 2009 in Austin, Texas. All applicants to CGI U must make a “Commitment to Action,” pledging to take concrete steps to address a major social issue. The deadline is December 12, 2008. Visit the website to apply>>
Bringing together senior administrators, faculty, and student leaders, Tadamunn: Towards Civic Engagement in Arab Education launched a regional discussion on the incorporation of civic engagement into Arab university campuses. Focusing on the role of universities in enhancing the quantity and quality of civic engagement in the Arab world, Tadamunn was a success, jump starting a dialogue among regional universities on their role in promoting the public good. View speeches, photos, and reports from the conference>>
Professor Pat Dolan at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) has been named a UNESCO chair in children, youth and civic engagement. NUIG’s Child and Family Research Centre will work with other institutions of higher education in Bulgaria, Lithuania, and Zambia to institute civic engagement activities that will benefit children with difficulties. Read more>>
This contribution to the Global Project on Literacy enhances the accessibility of basic education for out-of-school youth in post-conflict areas in the Phillipines. Notre Dame of Marbel University has worked with local governments and international organizations to construct community learning centers and provide instruction.
More investment in African higher education institutions is crucial for economic development in the continent, says the World Bank. The report explains the importance of quality tertiary education for growth, reviews current challenges facing higher education, and offers recommendations for reform. Read more (PDF)>>
Higher Education for Development (HED), in collaboration with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will fund up to 20 long-term partnerships between African and American universities. The goal of the partnerships is to build the capacity of African universities so they can engage in development efforts. Applications will be made available on the HED website later this month. Read more>>
“The global financial meltdown has not yet hit some countries as much as it has the US where the crisis began. Those nations still faring reasonably well include Russia, Germany, the UK, France, New Zealand, some Asian and African nations, and even America’s next-door neighbour, Canada.” Read the full article>>
Gateways recently published its first issue, accessible online following a free registration. This journal is “concerned with the practice and processes of community research and other forms of engagement. It provides a forum for academics, practitioners and community representatives to pursue issues and reflect on practices related to interactions between tertiary institutions and community organizations: academic interventions in community; community-based projects with links to the tertiary sector; and community initiatives.” View the first issue>>
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has issued a report on the performance of education systems in all OECD countries. Included are statistics on funding for higher education, enrollment rates, student-teacher ratios, and resource expenditures. The report is available for download free of charge on the OECD website. Learn more>>
The ACU will hold a conference of Executive Heads on the theme "Dazzling Technologies: Seismic shifts in higher education in a fast-changing and unequal world." Brenda Gourley, Chair of the Talloires Network Global Project, also serves as Chair of the ACU. The Talloires Network will organize a workshop and a plenary lunch on the importance of international networks. 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. Learn more>>
This website aims to facilitate "country-level and regional development and education initiatives by linking educators, international development practitioners, government ministries and organizations in over 130 countries with a comprehensive and flexible set of portal tools for collaboration, communication, and knowledge management." Search the GLP library to find articles, lesson plans, and other literacy-related resources. Visit the website>>