mardi 13 novembre 2012

Enquête sur les relations entre les universités et leurs communautés

Le Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI) vient de lancer une enquête Web pour documenter la diversité des actions ou événements CUE (Community-University Engagement) dans le monde : CUE can be defined as “the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (…) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity". Les résultats seront présentés au prochain colloque du GUNI à Barcelone en mai 2013.

Ce projet s'inspire d'un article très intéressant sur les liens entre les universités et la société, à méditer en ces temps où certains gouvernements aimeraient revivifier l'idéal de la société du savoir.
Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Karen Bruns, Steven T. Sonka, Andrew Furco, Louis Swanson
The centrality of engagement is critical to the success of higher education in the future. Engagement is essential to most effectively achieving the overall purpose of the university, which is focused on the knowledge enterprise. Today’s engagement is scholarly, is an aspect of learning and discovery, and enhances society and higher education. Undergirding today’s approach to community engagement is the understanding that not all knowledge and expertise resides in the academy, and that both expertise and great learning opportunities in teaching and scholarship also reside in non-academic settings. By recommitting to their societal contract, public and land-grant universities can fulfill their promise as institutions that produce knowledge that benefits society and prepares students for productive citizenship in a democratic society. This new engagement also posits a new framework for scholarship that moves away from emphasizing products to emphasizing impact.
Cet article est publié dans la revue scientifique Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement:
The mission of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement (JHEOE) is to serve as the premier peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal to advance theory and practice related to all forms of outreach and engagement between higher education institutions and communities.
This includes highlighting innovative endeavors; critically examining emerging issues, trends, challenges, and opportunities; and reporting on studies of impact in the areas of public service, outreach, engagement, extension, engaged research, community-based research, community-based participatory research, action research, public scholarship, service-learning, and community service.

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