The Talloires Network E-Newsletter - April 2012
The Talloires Network is one of the partners with whom PASCAL collaborates, and which is a co-signatory to the September 23 2010 Communique "Enhancing North-South Cooperation in Community-University Engagement".
The Network enjoys a high profile and is among the several national and international bodies encouraging universities worldwide to adopt a more centrally-focussed universities' 'third mission' commitment to community service in its different senses and settings.
Here is a copy of Talloires Network E-Newletter for April 2012:
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Update from the Chair: President Mark Gearan
On International Women’s Day, the Talloires Network and Association of Commonwealth Universities joined forces in Colombo, Sri Lanka, at a conference designed to explore issues in higher education from a gendered perspective. The conference – Critical Women: Women as Agents of Change through Higher Education– focused on three themes: Leadership, Economic Development and Research. Our co-sponsored plenary session, Universities Engaging with Gender Issues in Their Societies, examined the ways in which universities can address inequalities and injustices pertaining to women by way of civic engagement. Dr. Lorlene Hoyt, Director of Programs and Research for the Talloires Network, had the honor of moderating our esteemed panel, which included three exemplary Vice-Chancellors: Dr. Sharifah Hapsah Shahabudin of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Dr. Samina Qadir of Fatima Jinnah Women University in Pakistan, and Dr. Janet Beer of Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our panelists for their participation and to draw your attention to the essay and photographs in this issue of the newsletter highlighting the issues our panelists raised and discussed. For more information about the conference: http://www.acu.ac.uk/conferences/gender_2012/
Mark Gearan: Chair of the Talloires Steering Committee
March signals the second installment of our monthly Leaders in the Civic Engagement Movement series. This issue features Mark Gearan, Chair of the Talloires Network’s Steering Committee and President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. Read the interview>>
Hong Kong Polytechnic University makes service-learning compulsory
With the implementation of the four-year curriculum starting September 2012, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) will introduce a credit-bearing “service-learning” requirement in the curriculum. "PolyU Serves" will enable all undergraduate students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired from their studies to serve the community. Congratulations to PolyU for its “PolyUServes” Community Service Campaign which is one of the most important initiatives commemorating the University’s 75th anniversary. When the service-learning structure is fully implemented, PolyU will have around 3,000 students participating in 70 projects annually. Learn more>>
Universities Engaging with Gender Issues in Their Societies
At an ACU Conference in Sri Lanka on International Women’s Day, the Talloires Network and Association of Commonwealth Universities co-sponsored a plenary session entitled Universities Engaging with Gender Issues in Their Societies at a conference focused on women as agents of change in higher education. Grounded in such beliefs that universities should reflect and represent their societies and access the entirety of their human resource potential, the conference connected leaders in the Commonwealth for the purpose of developing strategies to increase both the quantity and quality of women leaders in higher education institutions. Read more>>
Understanding Service-Learning and Community Engagement: Crossing Boundaries Through Research, edited by Julie A. Hatcher & Robert G. Bringle, 2012.
Chapters in this volume are based on presentations given at the 2010 annual conference of the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement held in Indianapolis, IN. The conference theme "International Perspectives: Crossing Boundaries through Research" was chosen to highlight ways in which research crosses all kinds of boundaries: disciplinary boundaries, cultural boundaries, and national boundaries. Although service-learning is valued as an active learning strategy across the globe, little is known about the ways that service-learning is similar or different in varied contexts. Understanding service-learning and community engagement from cross-cultural and crossdisciplinary perspectives will improve both research and practice. Learn more>>
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