Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Update from the Chair: President Mark Gearan
We 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.”
The 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’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, 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 The 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 The 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 >>
Engage 2012: Responding to Change. Bristol, UK. 5-6 December 2012. The 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. 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 >>