TEFCE presentations to university networks in Canada and Asia

March 20, 2021

The TEFCE team received invitations to present the TEFCE Toolbox to two international university networks interested in how the Toolbox could further support their efforts to support the community engagement agenda in their own specific contexts:

Canadian Cohort for the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement in Higher Education (17 March 2021, 8:00-8:30 pm CET)

The Canadian Pilot Cohort (CPC) is a group of sixteen Canadian post-secondary institutions (including McMaster University, Simon Fraser University, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, Universitédu Québec and many others) who have agreed to undertake the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement in Higher Education and to reflect how to adapt the Classification to the Canadian community engagement contexts. In this process the CPC was intrigued to hear how European developments such as the TEFCE Toolbox could inform their reflection process and whether some of the TEFCE lessons learnt could be applied to their contexts

The meeting was attended by 26 participants from the CPC. Three members of the TEFCE team (Thomas Farnell, Ninoslav Šćukanec Schmidt and Bojana Ćulum Ilić) presented the TEFCE Toolbox and its application at one pilot university (University of Rijeka). Positive feedback was provided by the meeting participants and some questions were discussed such as how much workload the TEFCE Toolbox involves and how the participative elements of the TEFCE Toolbox are structured (the ‘SLIPDOT analysis’). The meeting concluded with the CPC open to continue discussions with the TEFCE team on potential synergies.

UNESCO Bangkok and ProSPER.Net network (Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research) (31 March 2021, 9-10:30am CET)

UNESCO Bangkok invited the TEFCE project team to present the TEFCE Toolbox to its partner universities participating in a related project entitled ProSPER.Net: Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research- https://prospernet.ias.unu.edu/

The webinar was attended by 14 participants from the India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia the Philippines and Thailand. The webinar consisted of a presentation of the TEFCE Toolbox by Thomas Farnell (IDE) and two presentations from Prosper.Net about how community engagement takes pace in their specific national and cultural contexts. Presentations were provided by Prof. Irfan D. Prijambada, Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia) and Prof. Nestor Castro, University of the Philippines Diliman (Philippines). The presentations of the Asian university representatives confirmed that community engagement can take place in a range of forms, including through embedding student volunteering in disadvantaged communities as an obligatory part of study programmes at the national level(the Philippines) to systematically applying scientific research to address pressing needs of rural communities, such as university initiatives to address water shortage in Indonesia.

In the ensuing discussion, the webinar participants expressed interest in the TEFCE Toolbox as a usefu lframework to address community engagement that could be relevant in different national and cultural contexts of the participating countries.

Presentations and a recording the webinar are available in the section www.tefce.eu/consultations.

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