TEFCE establishing links with Latin American networks & universities

October 18, 2021

The TEFCE project has succeeded in attracting interest for the TEFCE Toolbox among neworks and universities in Latin America, as well with individuals researchers:

• CLAYSS: The 24th International Service-Learning Conference (25.8.2021): TEFCE project leader Thomas Farnell was invited to be the discussant of a session on service-learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference is one of the largest global conferences on service-learning organised by CLAYSS (Centro Latinoamericano de Aprendizaje y Servicio Solidario). The session was attended by 56 participants.

• GUNi: Social Commitment and Community Engagement in Higher Education in Latin America and Europe: Sharing Experiences and Institutional Self-Reflection Frameworks" (21.09.2021): TEFCE partner GUNi (the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi), organised a webinar to present the TEFCE Toolbox and compare European and Latin American perspectives on community engagement in higher education. The webinar included speakers from the Institute for Research on the University and Education (Mexico), the University of Girona (Spain), the University of Campinas (Brazil), the Latin American Pact for Education with Human Quality) National University of Education of Ecuador (Ecuador). The webinar was attended by 87 participants.

• Research on TEFCE Toolbox in Brazilian context: Two students (Flávia Colus and Nathalia Rosario) from the Master’s in Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE) based at University of Twente carried out a research project to examine how the dimensions and subdimensions of TEFCE align with the debate and practice on social engagement in Brazil, specifically on the indicators of the tool of the National Forum of Deans for University Extension of Brazilian Public HEIs (FORPROEX). The TEFCE team organised a special webinar to hear the results of the research project and concluded that the TEFCE qualitative self-reflection process provides a valuable complementary element to the metric-driven FORPROEX.

• University of Sao Paolo (Brazil): The TEFCE team was contacted by representatives of the University of Sao Paolo who were interested in whether they could apply the TEFCE Toolbox as a part of a new initiative to better measure their university’s societal engagement. Discussions with the university are ongoing regarding the possibility of piloting the Toolbox at one of the university’s faculties in the future.

A recordings of the GUNI webinar (in Spanish, and partly in English) is available here.

(Photo credit: photo by LeonOverweel on Unsplash)

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