Building Partnerships with Mayors: Opportunities for HEIs

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East Asia hosted two very interesting conferences during the past four weeks. The first was held in Beijing in October entitled “International Conference on Learning Cities”, co-hosted by UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, Hamburg. The second, last week, was held in Hong Kong SAR, entitled “Cities Learning Together”, co-hosted by Pascal International Laboratories. The focus […]

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Big Tent V Declaration

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 Learning to Build Inclusive Cities with the joint-effort of community, city government and higher education Since 2010, several regional and international networks promoting community engagement in higher education have been periodically preparing together collective statements of shared vision on a specific theme. This declaration is  co-produced by Global Alliance for Community-based Research (GACER), Asia Pacific […]

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Video Presentation by Budd Hall on Principles of Community-Based Research

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When Budd was in Galway as a guest of the National University of Ireland in Galway some months ago, a video was made of his talk including his powerpoint slides on the principles of Community-Based Research. Please feel free to use this anyway you wish including grabbing some of the slides for your own presentations.

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Reflections on Afrikan Indigenous Knowledge: Work of Paulo Wangoola

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Paulo Wangoola is the founding Nabyama or President of the Mpambo Afrikan Multiversity, a higher education research institute for the revitalization and promotion of mother-tongue Afrikan scholarship. Based near the source of the River Nile in Busoga Kingdom of Uganda, Wangoola has been working closely with a team of deep thinkers trained in Indigenous ways […]

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Whither Development Studies?

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Localizing Research Partnerships A recent comparative study carried out by UK’s Development Studies Association focuses on the comparative value-addition of development studies carried out in partnership with NGOs and community-based organisations (CBOs). Entitled ‘Cracking Collaboration’, it analyses the factors that can enhance such value-addition. Much of the collaboration on research continues to be such where […]

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Access Alliance-leader in CBR, Health and Advocacy

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Budd Hall had a visit to Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services Centre in Toronto, Ontario in Central Canada. Budd exchanged ideas on knowledge democracy from the UNESCO Chair perspective and learned about their innovative and substantial work in research, training, material production and their ‘knowledge to action’ approach. AA has been a leader […]

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Where is the Peace Agenda in Higher Education?

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September 21 is the International Day of Peace.  Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO in her message says that we should join together “to make education a force for peace”. What does this mean for those of us working on issues of social justice, engagement and social responsibility within higher education? In the recent international […]

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Global Democracy Requires Knowledge Democracy

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Today, September 15, is International Democracy Day. The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution to this effect in 2007, focusing on the growing significance of democracy in the world today. This year, the UN is focusing on celebrating the Democracy Day as an ‘International Day of Peace & Democracy: Making Your Voices Heard’. In […]

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Breaking Barriers to Life-long Learning

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  In an increasingly uncertain world, the constant is the change. Most ‘gurus’ of the future financial markets have begun to focus on risk-taking in uncertain and unpredictable world ahead. Not only the standards of finance are changing, the world of education is undergoing huge shifts. As demand for post-secondary education continues to increase, traditional […]

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Higher Education, Adult Learning and Democracy: Thoughts on Post-2015 Discussions

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Civil society has led the charge over the last 30 years drawing the world’s attention to the grand challenges, the big issues and the deep crises that we face as humans amongst the other life forms on the planet we call Earth. The United Nations has been a vehicle to amplify these issues and facilitate […]

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