The TEFCE team organised a webinar for the member of institutions of TEFCE partner ECIU (the European Consortium of Innovative Universities) on 28 April 2021.Presentations were held by project coordinator Thomas Farnell (IDE) and experts Anete Veidmane (CHEPS) and the event was moderated by Don Westerheijden (CHEPS)and Kristen Dircksen (ECIU).
The event was attended by 26 participants and included breakout sessions with discussions on how community engagement functions in practice at the participating universities and how the TEFCE Toolbox could support this process. The conclusions of the webinar were:
· Participants recognised the value of community engagement in higher education in the context of their own institutions
· Participants identified different examples of existing types of community engagement, including: service-learning programmes; research including external communities(e.g. citizen science); student volunteering schemes; offices facilitating knowledge transfer ad knowledge exchange; offices in charge of social welfare.
· There was agreement that the ECIU University recognises the importance of societal engagement, including through emphasising citizen science for smart regions. The TEFCE Toolbox will therefore be relevant to the work of ECIU University –although it is too early to say whether the TEFCE Toolbox will be able to be incorporated into the formal structures and programmes of ECIU Universities.
· In the meantime, ECIU will make links to the TEFCE Toolbox and will encourage member institutions eager to further explore this aspect of their work to use the Toolbox.
Presentations from the webinar are available in the section: https://www.tefce.eu/consultations