Lawrence S. Bacow, Chair President, Tufts University
Brenda Gourley Vice-Chancellor, The Open University
John J. DeGioia President, Georgetown University
Juan Ramón de la Fuente President, International Association of Universities
Mónica Jiménez de la Jara Minister of Education, Chile
Shamsh Kassim-Lakha Founding President, Aga Khan University and Member, Board of Governors, Higher Education Commission, Pakistan
Goolam Mohamedbhai Secretary General, Association of African Universities
José Ignacio Moreno León Rector, Universidad Metropolitana en Caracas
Sari Nusseibeh President, Al-Quds University
Janice Reid Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Sydney
Update from the Chair: President Larry Bacow
In September 2005, higher education leaders from around the world gathered in Talloires, France, to discuss their institutions’ work to educate future generations of community leaders and to mobilize their resources to strengthen social and community development. The 2005 Conference gave rise to the Talloires Declaration on the Civic Roles and Social Responsibilities of Higher Education and the launch of the Talloires Network. Four years later, the Talloires Network has made tremendous progress. We have grown from the 29 original signatories of the Talloires Declaration to 137 in 48 countries. The retrospective article below, "The Talloires Network: Four Years On," gives more details on our accomplishments.
In addition to the progress we have already made, the Talloires Network is currently engaged in a number of exciting projects. The Network has recently launched a Twinning Program for six universities in Africa, the US, and the UK, and is in the process of raising funds for the partnership. David Watson, Susan Stroud, and Rob Hollister continue their work on The Engaged University, a book of case studies on civic engagement at Talloires member institutions. In March 2010, the Network will be hosting a meeting of its Steering Committee members and regional partners at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy; you can find more information about this exciting event in the Announcements section below. Finally, the Talloires Network and the MacJannet Foundation have issued a call for nominations for the second annual MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship. With your continued collaboration, we are confident that we will continue to make steady progress in the Network’s fifth year.
The Talloires Network is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant by the Rockefeller Foundation to hold a meeting of Network leaders at the Bellagio Conference Center in Italy. The Bellagio Center program provides space for debates on world issues, for translating theory into action and for devising creative responses to some of the most pressing issues of our time, especially those directed at alleviating poverty and vulnerability.
On March 23-27, 2010, members of the Talloires Network Steering Committee, Secretariat staff, and representatives of higher education networks from around the world will gather at the Bellagio Center to assess the current state of higher education civic engagement, including the Talloires Network’s efforts to date, map the regional challenges to the implementation of strategies to engage universities with the community, and plot a course for future action. Read the Press Release>>
Nominations are now being accepted for the second annual MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship. The Prize recognizes exceptional university-based programs around the world that demonstrate active citizenship and student leadership. The Prize will raise awareness of higher education’s distinctive role and responsibilities in benefiting both local and international communities through understanding, outreach, and service.
Programs originating from member institutions of the Talloires Network are eligible for the Prize. To be considered, programs must be nominated by December 15, 2009. Nominations will be accepted from students, faculty, staff, or administrators at member institutions. To learn more or to nominate a program, visit our website>>
The Ma’an Arab University Alliance has launched a new website to provide increased resources to Arab universities interested in increasing their community engagement. The Ma’an Alliance, the Talloires Network’s partner in the Middle East, was launched at the Tadamunn Conference in Cairo in October 2008. The Gerhart Center at AUC serves as the secretariat for the Ma’an Alliance. Visit the Ma’an Alliance website>>
The Talloires Network has made tremendous progress since our launch at the 2005 Talloires Conference. We have grown from 29 original members to 137 members in 48 countries. We are particularly proud of the diversity of institutions represented in the Network. As stated by Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, founding president of Aga Khan University and a member of the Talloires Network Steering Committee, “The remarkable diversity of institutions in the Talloires Network has enabled its members to learn from each other about the value, importance and methodology of engaging with the communities in which they function.”
In addition to the growth in membership, we have continually sought to provide more benefits to our members and to build the field of higher education civic engagement globally. We have worked to keep our members informed about the latest resources and opportunities, developed partnerships with several regional higher education networks and hosted regional conferences, and launched a variety of exciting initiatives to engage students and faculty.
With the new academic year set to begin on 3 October, Egyptian universities are planning a shift to distance learning in an effort to prevent the spread of the swine flu virus on campuses. Television and the internet will be used extensively to broadcast lectures to students in many of the country’s 35 public and private universities, officials said. Read the full report on University World News>>
More low-income students would make it to college if changes were made to streamline the complicated financial aid process, according to a groundbreaking study released today by researchers at Harvard, Stanford, the University of Toronto, and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Read the full article on Science Daily>>
Guest Editors: Tom Bourner and Juliet Millican, University of Brighton
Education and Training seeks contributions from both academics involved in research within this field and practitioners involved in the development, design, management and delivery of courses or modules concerned with student learning from community engagement. Anyone interested in contributing to this Special Issue should contact the editors with a statement of intent. This should be a short outline (100-200 words) indicating what the paper is about (including a working title), the nature of the paper (research paper, case study, critical account of practice, development of theory etc) and how it will contribute to our understanding of student learning from community engagement. Please forward this outline (and any queries about the Special Issue) to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Outlines must be submitted by 30th October 2009. Learn more>>
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>>
Youth Service America is partnering with the National Education Association to offer Youth Leaders for Literacy grants to American children and youth, ages 5-25, who offer innovative ways to increase literacy skills and appreciation for reading among their peers. Youth can submit their applications through October 30, 2009. Youth Leaders for Literacy will award 30 young people from across the U.S. each with $500 grants and $500 in books from the Pearson Foundation. Successful projects will be youth-led and address an established literacy need in the applicant’s school or community. Additional information is available on the Youth Service America website>>
This study was a joint effort by Campus Engage and the All Ireland Society for Higher Education. It highlights a range of activities that underpin civic engagement within higher education in Ireland from diverse perspectives. It is a contemporary record and example of current thinking, experiences and rationale in this area. Contributions have been drawn from those working within policy bodies, universities, and community together with third level students. Read the study>>
Leo Charbonneau has written this article which tracks the growth of Community Service-Learning programs across Canada. Following up on a cover story published just over five years ago, Charbonneau interviewed a number of key informants across the country to provide an overview of current activities, concluding that "Students are the driving force behind the rapid growth of community service learning projects across the country". The article will appear in the October 2009 print edition of the Canadian magazine University Affairs. View an online summary>>
Focusing on university extension programs in the region, the main objective of the conference will be to collectively reflect on the transformative capacity of extension, the process of university reform, and the promotion of a university committed to social transformation. Learn more>>
The Experiential Learning Service of the University of Ottawa and the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement are co-sponsoring the Ninth International Research Conference on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. The theme of the conference is Research for What? Making Inquiry Matter. The conference organizers are particularly interested in receiving proposals that address the goals underlying research, the most effective means of achieving them, and the implications of such goals. 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. Learn more>>
The Centre for Trauma Research and Psychosocial Interventions (CTRPI), the first of its kind in the region, was founded in collaboration with the Aberdeen Centre for Trauma Research, Robert Gordon University, Scotland. The Centre was conceived to deal with the huge burden of psychosocial consequences of the Pakistan-Kashmir Earthquake of 2005. CTRPI now deals with survivors of natural disasters, terrorism, and other forms of violence. Learn more>>