GUNi organizes a debate on the increasing importance of Community University Engagement

  • Two recognized scholars, Dr. Rajesh Tandon and Dr. Budd Hall were invited to talk about the construction of knowledge and expose good practices related to Community Research.
  • They also presented two publications addressed  to the effective research partnerships between Higher Education Institutes and Civil Society Organizations


GUNi organizes a debate on the increasing importance of Community University Engagement

Last Monday, 16 GUNi organized at the University of Barcelona the conference “Community Based Research: Strengthen partnerships and evolving best practices in Higher Education Institutions”. Two international recognized scholars, Dr. Rajesh Tandon and Dr. Budd Hall - both co-Directors and co-Chairs of the UNESCO Chair on Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education - were in charge of this open lecture. In a very dynamic presentation, both scholars approached the concept of Community University Research Partnership, highlighting some key issues of the topic, as wells as relevant worldwide experiences of this study, including India and Canada. They also made call to take a look on different practices around the world and to put more content on how these projects are being involved.  

The speakers also presented two publications on this issue: the E-book “Strengthening Community University Research Partnership: Global Perspectives” and a user’s manual on “Institutionalizing Community University Research Partnership” (Both publications can be downloaded here). These studies aims to focus on the increasing importance of the Community Engagement and provide a guide of best practices addressed to higher education institutions and their communities in order to strength their partnership.  

The lecture was opened by the Vice-Recetor for International Policy from the University of Barcelona, Dr. Maria Callejón, followed by the Academic Director of GUNi, Francesc Xavier Grau. During his speech, Grau highlighted the importance of Community Engagement within the frame of Glocal University and how GUNi is approaching this issue on its main activities.  

This conference attempted to give a better understanding on Community University Research, which attempts to investigate the existing structures for the facilitation of an effective research partnership between Higher Education institutions and Civil Society Organizations, including some real examples of best practices worldwide. It was part of a series of activities organized by GUNi in order to promote global emerging issues in Higher Education and, in which Community Based Research is a noteworthy topic.

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About the publications

Strengthening Community University Research Partnership: Global Perspectives

This book outlines a number of important trends, challenges and approaches associated with how research partnerships are initiated, supported, and evaluated through a comparative study of different types of institutional arrangements.  This includes a detailed overview of a global survey administered in over fifty countries and four languages, and twelve country case studies demonstrating strong institutional and policy support for Community University Research Partnerships.  

You can download this publication here.

Institutionalizing Community University Research Partnership

This manual serves both as a handy reference and a ready tool kit for university and college administrators interested in establishing and improving CURP initiatives in their institutions. It provides practical guidelines and steps that will help deliver on policy commitments made to promote Community University Engagement (CUE)/Community University Research Partnerships in Higher Educational Institutions. 

You can download this publication here.

About the authors

Dr. Rajesh Tandon: Is co-director of UNESCO Chair on Community-based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education and co-founder & President of Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), New Delhi. He has served on numerous government task forces and committees and is the founder of the Board of Directors of World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS).

Dr. Budd Hall: Is Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education and Professor of Community Development in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria and Secretary of the Global Alliance on Community-Engaged Research, Budd was the founding Director of the University of Victoria Office of Community-based Research and Senior Fellow, Centre for Global Studies.




  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya