The UNESCO World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2022), which will take place on 18-20 May 2022, aims at reshaping ideas and practices in higher education to ensure sustainable development for the planet and humanity. As a part of its advocacy activities, the TEFCE team has undertaken several steps to ensure that community engagement in higher education (and the TEFCE initiative) reaches the agenda of the conference:
• GUNi - Higher Education in the World Report for UNESCO conference: GUNi is developing a new issue in its flagship series “GUNi Higher Education in World Report”, which will be officially presented and launched at the UNESCO WHEC 2022. GUNi invited the TEFCE team to provide a text on community engagement in higher education in the European context, emphasising the role and impact of the TEFCE project, and recommendations for further measures.
• UNESCO IEASALC - Expert group on the impact of COVID-19 on higher education: TEFCE project leader Thomas Farnell joined a working group by UNESCO IESALC to prepare a position paper for the UNESCO WHEC. As a part of that process, Thomas will be recommending to include references to TEFCE publications emphasising to the importance of community engagement in higher education as priority in higher education.
• Session with UNESCO Chair for Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education: TEFCE project leader Thomas Farnell was invited by the UNESCO co-chairs (Dr. Budd Hall and Dr. Rajesh Tandon) to join as one of the speakers at a panel discussion on socially responsible higher education that will be held at WHEC 2022.
More information about the UNESCO WHEC is available here: https://en.unesco.org/news/unesco-world-higher-education-conference-2022