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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

Successful piloting of TEFCE Toolbox in Dresden, Germany

The first "proof-of-concept" of the TEFCE Toolbox was confirmed at a workshop at TU Dresden on 14-15 May 2019
June 3, 2019

TEFCE consultations held with key internationational stakeholders

A series of meetings was held with leading organisations for community engagement in higher education at the international level.
May 20, 2019

TEFCE advocacy through the Bologna Follow-Up Group

Key messages from the TEFCE project were communicated to stakeholders at the BFUG meeting on 2 April.
May 15, 2019

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
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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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