Re/Introducing the Social Question into Higher Education

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Budd’s Blog I am shifting early in the morning from London to Barcelona to begin to prepare for the GUNi conference and wanted to share some thoughts based on some of the goings on that I have been part of here in the UK for the past weeks.  I have had a visit to the […]

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Social Responsibility in Saudi Arabian Universities

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“One central aspect of the social responsibility of universities is the development of productive and responsible citizens. Encouraging broad-based participation in civil society and the development of skills and attitudes to do so is of central importance to higher education”. The above statement is part of a comprehensive Riyadh declaration issued at the end of […]

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Brainstorming the Re-Imagining of Higher Education

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Fifteen UNESCO representatives from higher education institutions around the world gathered on March 7th, 2013 at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The purpose of this meeting was to brainstorm about the structures, schedule, content (workshops and presentations), and innovative engagement strategies for the upcoming 6th International Conference for Higher Education this May, […]

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UNESCO Chair-GACER News – April 5, 2013

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Dear Friends, Rajesh and I are working on plans to combine our two mailing lists.  He has a one that he has used historically for his blogs of many years and I have maintained this list for the past 3-4 years.  Our plans are to continue to send our blogs out at least twice a […]

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Knowledge Democracy: A Student Perspective

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Today’s International Symposium on knowledge Democracy: Decolonizing the University through Community Partnerships held at the University of Victoria was a great opportunity for anyone to be exposed to international examples of Community-Based Research (CBR) and learn about the benefits that CBR can create for unprivileged communities. While I listened to discussions on Transforming the Economy, […]

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Knowledge, Engagement and HE in Canada and the US

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As the late afternoon approached, the discussion was around knowledge, engagement and higher education in the US and Canada. The conversation was led by Dr. Fitzgerald, Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University. Common themes throughout the talk included the relationship between higher education and the communities in which they are […]

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Walter Rodney – Scholar Activist-Engaged Scholar

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From time to time, it is helpful to remind ourselves of the names of some of the great names of scholar –activists who have passed among us and then departed. I had the honour of attending the 10th Anniversary of the Walter Rodney Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia on the 22’nd and 23’rd of March this […]

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