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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

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

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

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

IAU: Higher education and societal impact conference

The International Association of Universities held its annual conference in Kuala Lumpur with a focus on partnerships for societal impact. Among the themes addressed were the importance of responsible research, and how internationalisation can contribute to societal development.
December 14, 2018

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

THE: Ranking universities based on SDGs

Times Higher Education is developing a new global university ranking that aims to measure institutions’ success in delivering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 goals were adopted by the UN in 2016 and provide a framework for developing the world in a sustainable way.
January 15, 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

EUA: Higher Education and its Communities

This essay discusses how universities can best serve their students and their communities while upholding the values of openness and democracy. It also covers case studies and examines the civic role of universities and their contribution to political and social debates.
November 30, 2018

EUA 2018 Annual Conference: Engaged and responsible universities shaping Europe

The University of Zurich welcomed 400 EUA members on 5-6 April to discuss the pivotal role of universities in generating knowledge, developing intercultural understanding and fostering civic engagement through their core missions.
March 13, 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

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