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Main project publications

Assessing the Feasibility of Developing a Framework for Community Engagement in European Higher Education

Thomas Farnell, Anete Veidemane, Don Westerheijden

The publication examines how community engagement might become a central part of the higher education policy landscape in Europe in the next decade, proposing various policy options and policy recommendations, and how the TEFCE Toolbox could play a role in this process.

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Building and Piloting the TEFCE Toolbox for Community Engagement in Higher Education

Thomas Farnell, Bojana Ćulum Ilić, Davide Dusi, Emma O’Brien, Ninoslav Šćukanec Schmidt, Anete Veidemane, Don Westerheijden

This publication describes how the TEFCE Toolbox was developed, explains its methodology and presents the results of its piloting, which involved 180 experts and practitioners from eight EU Member States.

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TEFCE Toolbox: An Institutional Self-Reflection Framework for Community Engagement in Higher Education

Thomas Farnell, Paul Benneworth, Bojana Ćulum Ilić, Marco Seeber, Ninoslav Šćukanec Schmidt

As the main result of the TEFCE project, the TEFCE Toolbox is an institutional self-reflection framework that supports universities to improve how they address societal needs through partnerships with their external communities.

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Mapping and Critical Synthesis of Current State-of-the-Art on Community Engagement in Higher Education

Paul Benneworth, Bojana Ćulum, Thomas Farnell, Frans Kaiser, Marco Seeber, Ninoslav Šćukanec, Hans Vossensteyn & Don Westerheijden

This publication defines the concept of community engagement in higher education, maps existing frameworks for measuring community engagement and identifies the needs, gaps and opportunities for a new approach.

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Policy briefs

Policy brief 1: A European Framework for Community Engagement in Higher Education: Why and How?


Policy brief summarising the findings of the first TEFCE publication 'Mapping and Critical Synthesis of Current State-of-the-Art on Community Engagement in Higher Education' (2018).

Policy brief 2: TEFCE Toolbox for Community Engagement in Higher Education
Policy brief that presents the TEFCE Toolbox - a robust and comprehensive framework for universities and their communities to examine their community


Policy brief 3: A European policy approach to foster community engagement in higher education
Policy brief summarising the policy recommendations of the publication Assessing the Feasibility of Developing a Framework for Community Engagement in European Higher Education

TEFCE Toolbox piloting reports

Community Engagement at Technological University Dublin: Report on Piloting the TEFCE Toolbox

Authors: Emma O’Brien, Thomas Cooney (Technological University Dublin) & Ninoslav Šćukanec Schmidt (Institute for the Development of Education)

Community Engagement at the University of Rijeka: Report on Piloting the TEFCE Toolbox
Authors: Bojana Ćulum Ilić, Daria Glavan Šćulac (University of Rijeka), Mirela Pašić (City of Rijeka) & Ninoslav Šćukanec Schmidt (Institute for the Development of Education)
Community Engagement at the University of Twente: Report on Piloting the TEFCE Toolbox
Authors: Don Westerheijden, Anete Veidemane (University of Twente, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies) & Thomas Farnell (Institute for the Development of Education)
Community Engagement at Technische Universität Dresden: Report on Piloting the TEFCE Toolbox
Authors: Anja Jannack, Benjamin Stelze (Technische Universität Dresden) & Thomas Farnell (Institute for the Development of Education

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