Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Update from the Chair: President Mark Gearan
We are pleased in this issue to announce the start and the opening of applications for the 2013 Talloires Network University Volunteer Program. I would like to salute the dynamic leadership of José Sanz, Rector, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and his colleagues for initiating and developing this very promising new program. In its pilot year, the program will support 20 volunteers from TN member institutions to work on community projects of other TN members in Asia, South Africa and Latin America. I encourage members in those regions to consider applying to host volunteers (see particulars below).
This month the Talloires Network, in collaboration with The MasterCard Foundation, is launching the Youth Economic Participation Initiative (YEPI). I encourage all Network universities to participate in this important new effort. Members, and groups of members, in developing countries can apply for one of the YEPI demonstration grants, and all members can participate in the YEPI global community of practice. YEPI represents a significant opportunity to strategically connect university community engagement programs with economic development activities, both within institutions of higher education and with external partners.
Also in this issue you will find a stirring interview with Jerome Slamat, Senior Director of Community Interaction at Stellenbosch University, and Chairperson of the South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum. I hope you find this interview as inspiring and informative as I have. Please join me in saluting Jerome and his colleagues in SAHECEF for building such a robust national coalition of university community engagement programs. And thanks also to Lorlene Hoyt for initiating monthly interviews with leaders in our global movement. This series is a powerful reminder that our movement is all about the vision and collaborative leadership of committed individuals around the world.
November signals the fifth installment of our Leaders in the Civic Engagement Movement series. This issue features Dr. Jerome Slamat, Senior Director of Community Interaction at Stellenbosch University, Chairperson of the South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum and active member of the Talloires Network’s Steering Committee.Learn More>>
In collaboration with The MasterCard Foundation, the Talloires Network is pleased to announce a request for Expressions of Interest for the new Youth Economic Participation Initiative (YEPI). This $5.9 million initiative aims to address the global crisis in youth unemployment by supporting the efforts of universities in developing countries to develop and test innovative university-led models that enable upper-year university students and recent alumni to accelerate their transition to the work force.
Please click here to learn more about the initiative and download an application.
The Talloires Network and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid are pleased to announce the start and the opening of applications for the 2013 Talloires Network University Volunteer Pilot Program. For the pilot year, twenty volunteers will be selected to work on six-month long assignments, from January-June 2013 or March-September 2013. Special emphasis will be given on South-South exchange in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.Learn More>> or Download the Application Form>>, in English and Spanish.
The nomination form for the 2013 MacJannet Prize is currently being updated and will be available in mid-November, with nominations due on February 8, 2013. Please watch for the official call for nominations for the 2013 MacJannet prize in the next few weeks. Visit the MacJannet section of our website to see the timeline for the 2013 nomination and selection process and to view the profiles of previous winners.
The Global University Network for Innovation announced the call for good practices for the 6th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education, “Let’s Build Transformative Knowledge to Drive Social Change,” to be held May 13-15, 2013. The deadline for submitting good practices is December 21, 2012. Learn More>>
University World News featured a report by Henry Giroux of MacMaster University, written for Counterpunch, in which he writes “the forces of market fundamentalism strip education of its public values, critical content and civic responsibilities as part of its broader goal of creating new subjects wedded to consumerism, risk-free relationships and the destruction of the social state.”Learn More>>
Elizabeth Redden of Insider Higher Ed interviewed Hellicy Ngambi, who became the first female to lead a public university in Zambia when she was appointed as the Vice Chancellor of Mulungushi University. Learn More>>
In an article in University World News, Margaret Waters writes, “Higher education is a powerful driver of long-term growth. Evidence shows that economies with higher numbers of graduates in their population also have higher economic growth. In other words, as well as being a profitable choice for the individual, investment in higher education is profitable for the economy as a whole and its capacity to improve living conditions…” Learn More>>
Robert M. Hollister, John P. Pollock, Mark Gearan, Susan Stroud, Janice Reid, and Elizabeth Babcock recently had their article on the history, current work and future plans of the Talloires Network published in the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. Learn more>>
On the 7th to 9th of May 2012, AsiaEngage organised the Regional Conference on Higher Education-Community-Industry Engagement: Forging Meaningful Partnerships across ASEAN & Asia to provide a dedicated platform for diverse stakeholders. Following the conference, a report was written to capture the important outcomes and issues which arose from the event. The report highlights some of the key concerns surrounding community engagement practices in the region, and action which needs to be taken to drive the field forward.Learn More>>orDownload the Full Report>>
Campus Compact, a national higher education association consisting of 1200 member institutions representing 6 million students, recently released a report on the benefits of combining civic engagement and economic development. The report draws on the success of Campus Compact institutions to begin to develop engaged learning economies. Learn More>>
In collaboration with co-hosts, the University of the West Indies, the 2012 ACU Conference of Executive Heads will take a broader view of performance measures and benchmarking, examining other drivers such as economic policies, changing political and social agenda, staff recruitment and retention, and student aspirations. The event aims to provide a balanced portfolio of tools through which leaders can manage the full range of their work. Learn More>>
The 14th annual IAU General Conference has its overall theme, Higher Education and the Global Agenda: Alternative Paths to the Future. Speakers and participants will examine how higher education and research are addressing the ‘global agenda’, including the critical issues facing humanity. Learn More >>
The conference will be held by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the IT-Academic Core Processes and Systems (IT-ACPS) at the American University of Beirut. The Conference will incorporate formal research-oriented sessions, pre-conference workshops and prominent speakers, including six strands: Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education, Measuring Teaching Effectiveness, Blended Learning, Innovations in Teaching Technologies and Methodologies, Program and Course Learning Outcomes and Service Learning. Learn More >>