Change or Disappear

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“Academic institutions must find new ways to engage with society or they will not survive” These were the inaugural words of Prof. S.K. Pandey, Vice-Chancellor of Pandit Ravi Shankar Shukla University in Raipur, Chhattisgarh on April 20, 2016 at the Raipur workshop on learning Community Based Research (CBR).  The Raipur four-day course on CBR is […]

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“Misbehaviour” in Community Engagement

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“Practitioners of community engagement in universities can also misbehave, unless rigorous standards of quality are established and enforced.” Thus spoke Prof. Darren  of Durban Institute of Technology in a seminar at PRIA last week. His presentation centred around the challenge of ensuring quality in community engagement as this field gains great popularity internationally. Several national […]

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Building Knowledge Democracy: Community-Based Curriculum Development in Higher Education

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The writings associated with our UNESCO Chair refer often to the co-creation of knowledge as part of a community based research or a community university research partnership process.  But the co-construction of knowledge also happens within the context of curriculum development in higher education.  Beginning the first week of January, 2016, I have begun a […]

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Engaged Research is Rigorous and Accountable

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Over the past week, several conversations seem to challenge the real meanings of community-engaged (community-based) participatory research. A conversation with scholars from a dozen Commonwealth countries highlighted the growing disconnect between research and teaching functions within Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). As the core function of HEIs is to produce new knowledge and ‘educate’ a new […]

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Halloween, Knowledge Democracy and US Foundations

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Rajesh and I have recently spent several days in New York City.  Our time happened to fall on October 31, which is the Halloween celebration in Ireland, the United States and some other countries. Halloween is said to have evolved from the Celtic Winter Festival in Ireland, a pre-Christian Indigenous Celtic festival celebrating the end […]

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Dr Rajesh Tandon delivers keynote address at Third Indian Social Work Congress in Ladnun, Rajasthan

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The Indian Social Work Congress is an initiative of National Association of Professional Social Workers in India (NAPSWI). The third Congress, held between 24 and 26 October 2015 in Ladnun, Rajasthan, marked the silver jubilee of Jain Vishva Bharati University. The Indian Social Work Congress brings the fraternity of professional social workers together to discuss […]

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Launch of the UNESCO Chair publications at the 12th Annual PASCAL Conference

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The 12th Annual PASCAL conference was held in Catania, Italy, from the 7th to the 9th October’ 2015. The theme of the Conference, concerns how cities and their regions are connected to their universities at strategic frontiers. These include knowledge and political frontiers, and each is linked to global challenges that include employment, migration, health, food security, […]

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Announcement of the Sixth Big Tent Global Communique on Higher Education and Engagement

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The UNESCO Chair is pleased to share the Sixth Big Tent Global Communique on Higher Education and Engagement released on October 9 in the City of Catania, Sicily, Italy at the University of Catania on the occasion of the 12th Annual Conference of the PASCAL International Observatory.  It represents many months of dialogue and discussion […]

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A Tribute to a connecter: Peter Park (1930-2014)

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In the history of social movements and social change not enough is said about a category of persons we might refer to as connecters.  Who are these people? Why are they important? Persons who are located outside the reins of power often lead social change.  For those ideas to enter into the corridors of power […]

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International Symposium on the Training of Next Generation of Community Based Researchers, Victoria, Canada, September 15, 2015

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The UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education convened an International Symposium on Challenges in the Training of Community-based Research, on September 15, 2015 at the University of Victoria, Canada. This symposium was conducted under the project on ‘Building the next generation of Community Based Researchers’, which is currently being […]

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