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About community engagement

Community engagement refers to the development of relationships by higher education institutions with stakeholders in their local or regional communities in order to address societal needs, in a way that is mutually beneficial.

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Project objective

The objective of the TEFCE project is to develop innovative and feasible policy tools at the university and European level for supporting, monitoring and assessing the community engagement of higher education institutions.

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Project news

First TEFCE publication and policy brief issued

The first publication within the TEFCE project, "Mapping and Critical Synthesis of Current State-of-the-Art on Community Engagement in Higher Education", has been issued.
December 10, 2018

Expert Team meeting and consultation with ECIU in Norway

The TEFCE Expert Team held a meeting at the University of Stavanger (Norway) to brainstorm the development of a toolbox for community engagement in higher education.
October 25, 2018

Expert Team meeting in Zagreb, Croatia

The TEFCE Expert Team held its first Expert Team meeting at the Institute for the Development of Education (Croatia) to discuss the initial results of the mapping of the policies and practice on community engagement in higher education.
June 29, 2018

TEFCE networking at the EUA annual conference

The TEFCE project manager Thomas Farnell attended the EUA 2018 Annual Conference (entitled 'Engaged and Responsible Universities Shaping Europe” held at the University of Zurich on 3-4 April 2018, due to the close link between the conference theme and the TEFCE project.
May 7, 2018
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Rankings and community engagement of higher education

Since the TEFCE project considers how community engagement in higher education can be assessed and measured, we provide a list of articles that have debated whether community engagement should (or could) be linked to international rankings in higher education.
October 1, 2018

IAU Conference 2018: Higher Education for Societal Impact

The University of Malaya is co-organising the IAU 2018 International Conference which will take place from 13-15 November 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The conference will address the theme ‘Higher education partnerships for societal impact’.
September 10, 2018

Ireland: New framework for measuring community engagement in higher education

Ireland has launched a new national guide to help higher education institutions measure the impact of their civic and community engagement.
July 17, 2018

EUA: University leaders from Europe, Canada and the US discuss the civic role of universities

On 1-4 July about 30 university presidents from Canada, Europe and the United States convened to address the timely theme “Higher education and its communities: openness, democracy and engagement”.
July 16, 2018
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