The TEFCE Toolbox for community-engaged universities was piloted at University of Twente on 27-28 June 2019 and resulted in further confirmation of the value that this qualitative framework and collaborative approach brings to paricipants.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the piloting team from the University of Twente and Kennispunt (a part of the regional authority RegioTwente), as well by TEFCE Expert Team representatives and by a peer-learning team from the Technological University of Dublin and Dublin City Council (who will carry out piloting in November 2019). Additional representatives from different departments of the university, students and Kennispunt staff also took part in discussions.
The meeting consisted of workshops to discuss and interpret a background report by the University presenting around 30 different community-engaged practices collected by the piloting team and to critically reflect on the level of community engagement at the university level, on good practices and on the opportunities and threats to community engagement.
The overall conclusion of the Twente piloting meeting was that the TEFCE Toolbox was perceived as an innovative, multi-dimensional tool that brings value in critically understanding where community engagement fits into the university. At the same time, the team identified several aspects of the Toolbox that could be further improved and clarified for future piloting visits.
The following piloting visits will take place in September (Rijeka) and November 2019 (Dublin).
A report of the piloting visit, presentations and photographs are available here: https://www.tefce.eu/meetings