Janice Reid Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Sydney
Update from the Chair: President Larry Bacow
One of the primary goals of the Talloires Network is to support the development of higher education civic engagement in countries and regions where the idea of the engaged university is just getting off the ground. One such country is Russia, where a new network of universities supported by the New Eurasia Foundation and the Mott Foundation is working to build a mutually beneficial relationship between the university and the community. The Talloires Network recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Russian Community Universities Network, and we look forward to a fruitful collaboration.
The first joint activity we are undertaking is a study tour by a number of administrators and faculty from Russian federal and state universities. The delegation will be visiting the US this week to consult with Talloires Network secretariat staff on the development of civic engagement at their universities and to meet with administrators and civic engagement staff at several US universities, including American University, Georgetown University, and the University of Maryland – Baltimore County. They will participate in workshops and discussions about the importance of civic engagement and community outreach within higher education in the United States. They will draw on this new knowledge in launching community projects at their home institutions.
I am confident that this visit will benefit all those involved, and I look forward to the further development of civic engagement in Russian higher education. The establishment of a Russian university civic engagement network is another sign of how much the global movement for social responsibility in higher education has grown in the five years since the founding of the Talloires Network. I hope all of you are as energized as I am by such evidence of momentum.
Talloires Network Global Conference in Madrid, 14-16 June 2011
The Talloires Network Global Conference will take place 14-16 June 2011 at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. In order to celebrate the five year anniversary of the founding of the Talloires Network, we would like to again gather university leaders from around the world to discuss the next five years of the higher education civic engagement movement. We will gather presidents, vice chancellors and rectors from across the globe, representing the diversity of our 185 member universities from 58 countries. We will strategize about the future of the Network, develop proposals for new projects, assess the current state of civic engagement and social responsibility in higher education and share knowledge about implementing policies and programs that advance human and social development.
The Talloires Network and the MacJannet Foundation are pleased to call for nominations for the third annual MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship. The MacJannet Prize recognizes exceptional student civic engagement initiatives based in Talloires Network member universities around the world. One first prize ($5,000), two second prizes ($2,500 each), and five third-place prizes ($1,000 each) will be awarded. Winning programs will be profiled on the Talloires Network website and in communications that reach thousands of higher education contacts world-wide. Representatives from winning programs will also be hosted by the Talloires Network and MacJannet Foundation to receive their award in person at a special Award Ceremony. Nominations are due by 15 December 2010. Visit our website to learn more or to nominate a program>>
New Talloires Network Russian Partnership
Earlier this year, the Talloires Network signed an MOU with the New Eurasia Foundation. The purpose of the partnership is to provide support for the development of community engagement activities at Russian universities. The New Eurasia Foundation launched its Community-Universities Network with support from the Mott Foundation. This network is providing support to smaller regional and local universities in order to strengthen their connections with local business, government, community organizations and to encourage social entrepreneurship on their campuses. Traditionally, Russian universities have been closed off from society and there is now a new effort at the federal level to require more public engagement. Using our international connections, knowledge of best practices, and models for inventorying and assessing community engagement, the Talloires Network will provide support to these universities and the New Eurasia Foundation. Our goals are to launch demonstration projects, evaluate initial successes, share best practices and create a framework for evaluating social engagement at Russian universities.
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The mission of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement (JHEOE) is to serve as the premier peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal to advance theory and practice related to the civic purpose of colleges and universities. The JHEOE is now an on-line, open access journal using the Open Journal System. JHEOE invites manuscripts in four categories of exploration related to outreach, community-higher education engagement, engaged research, public scholarship, and service-learning: Research articles; practice stories from the field; reflective essays; and book reviews. Access JHEOE online>>
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It is increasingly recognized that higher education institutions can make significant contributions to the economic, social, culture and environmental development of the cities and regions in which they are situated. However, many changes are required within universities in order for them to engage successfully with their surrounding communities. Equally, it is important for cities and regions to understand how they can take advantage of the higher education institutions in their areas to achieve common goals. The theme “Engaged Universities and Learning Cities-Regions” will enable in-depth analysis of the relationship between the university and society in a variety of national contexts. Papers for the conference will be accepted until 15 October. Learn more>>
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