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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

TEFCE consultation with Catalan Association of Public Universities

The TEFCE project and draft toolbox for community-engaged universities was presented to members of ACUP.
March 21, 2019

TEFCE toolbox tested at consortium meeting in Barcelona

The TEFCE consortium confirmed the high quality of the project’s mapping, of the proposed toolbox and the piloting plan in 2019.
March 5, 2019

TEFCE Expert Team meeting in Zagreb to finalise TEFCE Toolbox

The Expert Team met in Zagreb to confirm the methodology of the TEFCE toolbox and make plans for its piloting at 4 partner universities and their communities.
March 1, 2019

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
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Community engagement news

UK: Universities commit to sign Civic University Agreements

Over 30 UK universities pledge through agreements to put the economy and quality of life in their hometowns and cities at the top of their list of priorities.
March 20, 2019

Wales: Maximising universities’ civic contribution

A policy paper published by the Wales Centre for Public Policy entitled “Maximising universities’ civic contribution” explores the challenges and opportunities for enhancing the civic mission of Welsh universities and the Welsh post-compulsory education system more broadly.
March 10, 2019

England: Proposal for Knowledge Exchange Framework

The aim of the KEF is to give comparable, benchmarked, and publicly-available performance information about higher education institutions’ knowledge exchange activities. It aims to provide more information about university achievements in serving the economy and society for the public, businesses and communities.
January 30, 2019

UK: MadeAtUni campaign on social impact of HE

MadeAtUni is a new campaign in the UK to bring to life the impact of universities up and down the country on people, lives and communities. UK universities are at the forefront of some of the most exciting discoveries and pioneering changes of the last century, but many people think that all they do is teach.
January 15, 2019
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