Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Update from the Chair: President Mark GearanThe Talloires Network Steering Committee had a very productive session in New York, which you can read about in detail in the article below. One important highlight was the decision of the Steering Committee to engage in a strategic planning process with the Secretariat, to guide the future of the Network. The presence of the Talloires Network Student Representatives brought a valuable perspective and youthful energy to the proceedings. In addition to the articles included in this edition of the Newsletter, I will also be sending a communication later this month with a summary report of the meeting minutes.I am pleased to report that the selections have been made for the Youth Economic Participation Initiative (YEPI) grants. Please watch for a communication regarding the universities that were awarded funding for their programs later in the fall.
Best wishes to those starting a new academic year and to those who are now mid-term!
September signals the 13th installment of our Leaders in the Civic Engagement Movement series. This issue features José Sanz, Rector of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and member of the Talloires Network Steering Committee. Learn More>>
On July 24, the Talloires Network sponsored a Roundtable discussion with foundation leaders at the Rockefeller Foundation, co-hosted by The MasterCard Foundation and Santander Universities. Chaired by MasterCard Foundation CEO Reeta Roy, this higher education and philanthropy “summit” addressed the following questions: What should be the future of the global movement of universities dismantling the ivory tower? And how can funders and universities work together to achieve that future? Learn More>>
Nomination forms for the 2014 MacJannet Prize will be available in mid-October and will be due on Friday, January 24, 2014. Please watch for the official call for nominations in October. Winners of the prize will be announced next May and a presentation ceremony will take place at the next Talloires Network Global Conference, to be held in late 2014. Visit the MacJannet section of our website to see the timeline for the 2014 nomination and selection process and to view profiles of previous winners.
The Spring 2014 edition of the All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education will devote itself to civic and community engagement in higher education. Research papers, reflections, book reviews, letters and reports related to the topic of community and civic engagement, as well as staff and student engagement will be considered. The deadline for submission isOctober 1, 2013. Learn More>>
The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is accepting nominations for the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award until October 1, 2013. The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. Deadline for receipt of materials: October 1, 2013. Learn More>>
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health is accepting proposals for its 13th International Conference: From Rhetoric to Reality: Achieving Authentic, Equitable & Transformative Partnerships to be held from April 30 to May 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Proposals will be accepted until September 30, 2014. Learn More>>
Susanne Martikke is working with the University of Brighton on a research study that will be looking at community university partnerships, specifically how these partnerships work, how they generate mutual learning and what makes them resilient. She is looking for people who have had experiences working in such partnerships and might be interested in sharing their experiences. Learn More>>
From November 25 to 28, 2013, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, COEP/Brasil and the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada) will host the First International Forum of Better Futures: A Network on Communities, Universities, Livelihoods and Citizenship. Registration will be open until September 30, 2013. Learn More>>
CLAYSS Agreements in Africa
CLAYSS drafted agreements with the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, located in Nairobi, Kenya, and with the St. Augustine University of Tanzania. They will be part of the Capacity Building Program for Higher Education over the course of 2013 and 2014. The Program will include onsite and on-line professional development courses and aims to contribute to South-South dialogue between socially engaged higher education institutions.
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health announced the 12th recipient of the CCPH Annual Award, the Manitoba Research Alliance in Winnipeg. This award highlights the power and potential of partnerships between communities and academic institutions as a strategy for health equity and social justice. Nomination guidelines for the 2014 CCPH Annual Award will be posted on the CCPH website by October 7, 2013 with a deadline of January 17, 2014. Learn More>>
Proposals are being accepted through September 30, 2013 for the 2014 Global Health and Innovation Conference to be held on April 12 and 13, 2014 at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. The majority of presentations submitted for the September 30 deadline will be considered for poster presentations, though some oral presentation slots may be available. Learn More>>
The terms “civic engagement” and “community engagement” have various definitions, but they are united by the sense that individuals who are civically engaged not only are concerned about the quality of life in their communities but also take action to improve conditions for the common good. In the United States, to be civically engaged means to actively participate in a civil democratic society. Going Public examines programs related to civic engagement and the ways in which faculty and students participate in communities in order to improve them. Learn More>>
University-Community Partnerships: Universities in Civic Engagement documents how universities are involved in creative individual, faculty, and program partnerships that help link campus and community-partnerships that are vital for teaching, research, and practice. Academics and practitioners discuss outreach initiatives, methods of engagement (with an emphasis on community organization), service learning and other teaching/learning methods, research models, participatory research, and “high-engagement” techniques used in university-community partnerships. The book includes case studies, historical studies, policy analysis, program evaluation, and curriculum development. Learn More>>
Civic Work, Civic Lessons explains how and why people of all ages, and particularly young people, should engage in public service as a vocation or avocation. Its authors are 57 years apart, but united in their passion for public service, which they term “civic work.” The book provides unique intergenerational perspectives. Learn More>>
How can universities ensure that they are preparing their students for today’s competitive job market? This book tackles the highly topical subject of graduate underemployment with insight and clarity. The authors argue the case for more sophisticated research into employability with passion and vision, discussing how employability-friendly curricula can be developed, even in subjects which have less obvious vocational relevance.Learn More>>
The Universities and Knowledge Society Journal (RUSC) is an open-access e-journal jointly published by the Open University of Catalonia (UOC, Spain) and the University of New England (UNE, Australia) that comes out twice a year, in January and July. This issue has a special section focusing on the outlook and challenges for education and technology in Mexico and Latin America.Learn More>>
The Workshop is a follow-up to the 3rd ASEM Rectors’ Conference where university leaders called for co-operation among stakeholders at community, local, regional or (inter-) national level to strengthen universities’ role in providing education not only for the workplace but for social cohesion, intercultural dialogue as well as active and global citizenship. Learn More>>
This three-day conference will address questions around the Centenary theme Future Forward: Design, Develop, Deliver. Higher education is at a crossroads. New universities are being created in response to political agendas, the burgeoning global middle class, and the availability of public and private funding. Added to this, a variety of internal and external stakeholders are demanding that universities become more than just ‘ivory towers’ and that they need to demonstrate their engagement with the wider society. Take advantage of a special rate for Talloires Network members when registering.
Hosted by the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies and the Center for Global Engagement, both at Northwestern University and co-sponsored by DukeEngage, the Center for Social Development and Gephardt Institute for Public Service at Washington University in St. Louis and in collaboration with the Building Bridges Coalition, this conference will explore the most cutting-edge trends, as well as the biggest opportunities and challenges in higher education related to global/service learning. Learn More>>
This is an opportunity to bring together professionals and local providers who provide service learning will assist in better understanding how to structure meaningful and sustainable service learning, how to prepare students to learn from those experiences and support them while they are engaged in service learning, and how to know what we are doing is sustainable to local communities and organizations. Learn More>>
Conferences such as these are indeed relevant to our time when the world is faced with a myriad of challenges which require the concerted efforts and the commitments of experts, organizations and businesses the world over to overcome them. In a rapidly globalizing world, their concerns are mutual and we, as fortunate members of the community, have a vested interest to initiate dialogues to address these common challenges and issues. This conference will clarify issues, to reach rapprochement on issues that elude easy resolutions and to chart the way ahead in the common quest to make a difference to the lives of citizens around the region, in general, and to the communities surrounding.Learn more>>