Janice Reid Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Sydney
Update from the Chair: President Larry Bacow
With six new members last month, the Talloires Network has now grown to 143 universities in 51 countries. We are especially concentrating on expanding membership in previously underrepresented regions. The Ma’an Arab University Alliance for Civic Engagement, for example, has begun to formally build its membership. The Talloires Network, in partnership with the Ma’an Alliance, is having increasing impact in the Arab world, and we anticipate significant growth in the region. The Ma’an Alliance is working hard to capitalize on the growing interest in civic engagement among Arab higher education institutions, and will be holding another faculty training institute in Cairo in January. For more information on this institute, see the Upcoming Events section below.
The increasing number and diversity of our member institutions will make this an exciting year for the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship, which recognizes outstanding civic engagement programs at our member universities. The first year of the Prize was a resounding success, and the second annual competition is now underway. With twice as many members as we had this time last year, we look forward to another outstanding pool of nominations. The prize represents a unique opportunity to learn more about and recognize the great work being done by our new members. I encourage you all to visit our website to learn more about the Prize and to nominate a program.
The Talloires Network is currently accepting nominations of exceptional civic engagement programs at our member universities for the 2010 edition of the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship. The Prize provides recognition and financial support for eight outstanding programs. Programs may be nominated by administrators, faculty, staff, and students. Nominations are due by 15 December 2009. To learn more or nominate a program, visit our website>>
This fall, Saint Joseph University of Beirut organized the first "Operation 7th Day Fair." Operation 7th Day is a university-wide civic engagement program that won second place in the 2009 MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship. The Fair started with a press conference around the theme of "The Achievements and the Upcoming Projects of Operation 7th Day." University Rectors and representatives, members the Operation 7th Day, teachers, staff and students, journalists, ambassadors, school principles, members of NGOs, friends and partners were present. Learn more about the Fair, or read a profile of Operation 7th Day>>
Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s Community Development Project is founded on strong partnerships with the HAN University in the Netherlands, the University of the Western Cape and Elgin Learning Foundation in South Africa, and the Theewaterskloof Municipality. Dutch and South African students collaborate to identify community needs and design their own service-learning projects that build on their areas of study. Projects include building the capacity of municipal agencies to provide services, initiating arts and educational activities in local schools, and providing health education and life skills training to young people. This program provides a strong example of how a university can institutionalize civic engagement work by incorporating all faculties and creating partnerships. The cross-cultural component also makes this program unique, and both the Dutch and South African students benefit from their collaboration and shared learning experiences. Learn more>>
Several countries have linked higher education to economic development with great success, including Finland and South Korea. Africa, where an upcoming study of university systems across eight countries has unearthed contradictory notions of the role of the university, could draw on international best practice to encourage more flexible, differentiated, networked and development-focused higher education systems better placed to support economic growth. Read the full article at University World News>>
Steven Schwartz, Vice-chancellor of Macquarie University in Australia, writes "The central ethical premise of universities has changed fundamentally. The discovery and dissemination of knowledge has been replaced by the desire to exploit it. Can anyone today imagine a university giving a valuable vaccine away? In fact, the government encourages universities to do just the opposite – to patent our discoveries and capitalise on our intellectual property." Read the full article at University World News>>
The University of Texas at Austin and Dell are searching for student social entrepreneurs to dream up ingenious ideas to change the world. Students at universities and colleges around the world are invited to enter the 2010 Dell Social Innovation Competition for a chance to win $50,000 to turn their ideas into a new business or nonprofit with a mission to change lives for the better. The deadline to enter is March 1, 2010. Students can learn more or submit their ideas on the competition’s website>>
Editors: Melody Bowdon, PhD (University of Central Florida) and Russell Carpenter, PhD (Eastern Kentucky University)
The editors call for manuscripts that document and assess partnerships between institutions of higher education and K-12 schools, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and corporations that have been made successful (or even unsuccessful in interesting ways) in part through the use of emerging and evolving digital technologies. Topics or sites might include service-learning; internships; volunteer programs; cooperative education; distance-learning; continuing education; professional schools such as law, medicine, education, and nursing; community development programs including alumni relations and fundraising; and/or sponsored research. Chapter proposals are due 30 December. Please contact Melody Bowden or Russell Carpenter for questions or to submit a proposal. Learn more at IGI Publishing’s website>>
This report from the Office of Community-Based Research at the University of Victoria maps out the sources and types of funding that have been created to support community university research partnerships, describes the current state of development of arrangements between public post secondary institutions and community organizations, and suggest some conclusions as to how effective partnership work of this kind might be strengthened in the future. Read the report>>
This publication by Eric L. Dey and his associates at the University of Michigan, sponsored by the AAC&U, includes data that suggest a wide gap between campus aspirations and student experiences of civic learning and action on campus. It presents findings from a unique campus climate assessment tool—administered in 2007 to 24,000 students and 9,000 academic administrators, faculty, and student affairs professionals at twenty-three colleges and universities—and assesses the perceptions of these four constituent groups regarding campus opportunities for contributing to a larger community. The survey includes questions about the importance of campus learning, the degree to which students are encouraged to develop civic awareness and skills, and the practices that advance students’ civic commitments. Learn more>>
Hosted by the University of Indianapolis, this symposium encourages participants to explore a wide range of issues related to research, curriculum design, assessment, institutional support, community connections and partnerships, and student development, with the goal of providing participants with perspective on critical issues, paradigms, and challenges in service-learning in higher education. Learn more>>
Organized by the Universiti Sains Malaysia and the Division of Industry & Community Network (BJIM), the conference aims to revisit the missions of universities and to explore ways of making engagement more meaningful, inclusive and sustainable. In order to ensure that universities can continue to protect our planet as well as serve the public good, sustainability issues will also be addressed. Read an article by the conference organizers, or learn more about the conference>>
The Ma’an Alliance is hosting its second regional training for faculty. This training will focus on the teaching pedagogy of community-based learning. Participants will have a chance to learn about different community-based organizations, hear faculty experiences across the disciplines, brainstorm new course ideas to address community needs, and learn how to generate an interest amongst students for community-based learning courses. Learn more>>
The Forum examines the role and future of the University in a changing world. The Conference bring together University administrators, teachers and researchers to discuss the prospects of the academy and to exemplify or imagine ways in which the University can take a leading and constructive role in the transformations of our times. Community Service is one of the six themes of this year’s Forum. Learn more>>
As community service-learning (CSL) becomes more widespread in Canada, there is a corresponding growth in the number of CSL based courses and co-curricular programs. A recent research project led by Dr. Mark Baetz from the Laurier Centre for Community Service-Learning at Wilfrid Laurier University gathered and evaluated sample syllabi from courses at Canadian universities which incorporate a strong CSL component.