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October 3, 2012 The Talloires Network Newsletter

In This Issue

Talloires Network News


Papers and Publications

Upcoming Events


New Members     
Karakoram International University (Pakistan)

Zaporizhzhya National University (Ukraine)

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About the Talloires Network

Tufts University and Innovations in Civic Participation serve as the Secretariat of the Talloires Network.


Contact Us

Rob Hollister

Dr. Lorlene Hoyt
Director of Programs and Research

Jennifer Catalano
Director, Youth Economic Participation Initiative

Maureen Keegan
Program Coordinator

Steering Committee members

Mark Gearan (Chair)
President, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Janice Reid (Vice-Chair)
Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Sydney

Lisa Anderson
President, American University in Cairo

Scott Cowen
President, Tulane University

Sharifah Hapsah Shahabudin
Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Shamsh Kassim-Lakha
Founding President, Aga Khan University

Olive Mugenda
Vice-Chancellor, Kenyatta University

José María Sanz Martínez
Rector, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Jerome Slamat
Chairperson, South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum

Rafael Velasco
Rector, Universidad Católica de Córdoba

John Wood
Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities

Update from the Chair: President Mark Gearan

Mark GearanWe have been heartened to observe the frequency of Talloires Network members who are regularly connecting within their respective countries to build the reach and power of our network.   These interactions are clearly a key way for our efforts to grow and deepen the impact we seek.  This newsletter issue highlights recent convenings in South Africa and Ukraine.  With support from the Walmart Foundation, the Network is funding a series of seminars organized by the South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum for its 24 member universities.  These sessions aim to build the capabilities of university community engagement programs, to further development of the Forum, and to develop follow-up projects.  Hosted by North West University, the first seminar in September was attended by 35 delegates from 19 universities.  And last June leaders of Petro Mohyla Black Sea University arranged to feature university civic engagement and the Tallories Network at the annual conference of Ukrainian rectors and other officials.  TN Senior Liaison Donald Wertlieb communicated benefits and responsibilities of membership in the Network, and encouraged further exchange and collaboration among Ukrainian universities on their civic work.

Please share with us news of your in-country interactions and joint activities that may be of interest the rest of the Talloires Network.


Youth Economic Participation Initiative
We are excited to be moving forward quickly with our new Youth Economic Participation Initiative. With generous support from The MasterCard Foundation, the Talloires Network will award six to eight demonstration grants to universities in developing countries that are implementing innovative programs to strengthen their students’ transition from university to employment and entrepreneurship.

Please look out for a request for Expressions of Interest later this month.

For more information about this exciting new initiative, click here. As always, please contact us with questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

New Talloires Network Secretariat Staff
The Talloires Network Secretariat is pleased to welcome a new staff member. Maureen Keegan joined the Talloires Network in August as the Program Coordinator. Lorlene Hoyt, Director of Programs and Research described the Secretariat’s expansion explaining, “Maureen’s educational background in International Studies and French as well as her extensive leadership in undergraduate government at Boston College prepared her well; in a few short weeks, she’s provided vital support to Secretariat staff and Network members.  We are delighted and honored to have her on our team.”

Talloires Network Steering Committee Meeting Summary Highlights
The Talloires Network Secretariat recently released summary highlights of the Steering Committee Meetings held in Washington DC on July 9 and 10, 2012.  Learn More >>

Talloires Network News

South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum Initiates National Seminar Series
Jayshree Thakrar

SAHECEF Seminar Series Project Manager

100_0617The South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum (SAHECEF) launched a year-long seminar series with financial support provided by the Talloires Network.  The inaugural Seminar entitled ‘Sustainable Livelihoods: Cooperatives, Access to Markets, Health and Wellness’ was held on the 4th and 5th September 2012, at the Potchefstroom Campus of North-West University.  35 delegates representing 19 universities attended.  Learn more>>

Talloires Network Expands to Ukraine
Update from Olexandr Pronkevych, Petro Mohyla Black Sea University


Talloires Network’s principles are penetrating the former USSR countries. Ukrainian educators and professors, in spite of economic hardships,  met together in Sevastopol at the international conference Olbian Forum 2012: “Strategies of Ukraine in the Geopolitical Space”, which was held at Petro Mohyla Black Sea University on June 6-10, 2012. Among special guests was senior liaison Dr. Donald Wertlieb.  In his presentation “Engaged University, Enhanced Education: the Talloires Network Opportunity” he explained to the Ukrainian colleagues the values, which unite many universities on all continents, and received the letters of commitment of the Ukrainian universities who decided to join the Network.  Learn more>>

CLAYSS Partnerships

CLAYSS LogoCLAYSS, the Latin American Center for Service Learning, recently announced the Service-Learning Capacity Building Program for Higher Education, 2013 Edition, opening its faculty development and technical assistance programs to universities in Africa and Eastern Europe.  Learn more about the programs in Africa and Eastern Europe>>


Taking the Plunge – A Blog on University-Community Engagement
BlogTakingThePlungeThe Taking the Plunge blog aims to address key issues and stimulate in-depth dialogue about the challenges and joys of universities engaging with their external communities.  The blog is written by Margo Fryer, senior adviser for student learning initiatives at the University of British Columbia and founding director of both the UBC Learning Exchange and the UBC-Community Learning Initiative.  Learn More >>

NERCHE Announces Recipient of the 2012 Ernest A. Lynton Award
2012 Lynton AwardThe annual Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty recognizes a faculty member who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement.  The award is designated for either pre-tenure faculty at tenure-granting campuses or early career faculty (i.e., within the first six years) at campuses with long-term contracts.  This year, NERCHE is pleased to present the Ernest A. Lynton Award to Dr. Jordan Karubian, Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Learn More >>

Papers and Publications

Education at Glance 2012
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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development released the 2012 edition of its annual report compiling data on education throughout the world.  Learn more>>



Core Competencies in Civic Engagement
Core Competencies
The Merrimack College Center for Engaged Democracy recently released this policy paper which produces “a set of potential competencies for academic programs in civic and community engagement.  Learn More>>


Upcoming Events

For a complete list of upcoming events, visit our website>>

9th International Workshop on Higher Education Reform. “Reforming the Policy and Practice of Community Engagement of Higher Education.”
University of Pittsburgh (USA). 10-12 October 2012.
Pitt2012 conferenceThis is the ninth Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE) international workshop that brings together researchers and policy analysts and makers. This Workshop will explore conceptual understandings of community engagement and university reforms intended to foster it.  Learn more>>

International Association of Universities 14th General Conference: Higher Education and the Global Agenda: Alternative Paths to the Future, Puerto Rico, 27 – 30 November 2012
iau-en-e-smallThe 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 >>

Engage 2012: Responding to Change. Bristol, UK. 5-6 December 2012.
NCCPE conferenceThe third annual national conference of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE). This interactive conference will look across the whole engagement agenda including research; teaching and learning; knowledge exchange; volunteering and social responsibility.  Learn more>>

Third International Conference on Effective Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.  American University of Beirut, Lebanon.  7-8 December 2012.
220px-American_University_of_Beirut_logo.svg_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 >>