TEFCE Toolbox: a new framework to support greater societal impact of universities in Europe

TEFCE Toolbox’ supports universities’ community engagement without using metrics or ranking.

TEFCE Toolbox

The EU-funded project Towards a European Framework for Community Engagement in Higher Education (TEFCE) has developed the TEFCE Toolbox, an institutional self-reflection framework that supports universities to improve how they address societal needs through partnerships with their external communities. Piloted over two years through a process involving 180 experts and practitioners from eight EU Member States, the TEFCE Toolbox presents an innovative, robust and holistic framework to support universities’ community engagement.

The TEFCE Toolbox is available on the GUNi website / Resources for teachers and researchers and as a fully open-access resource at www.tefce.eu/toolbox.


‍The TEFCE Toolbox can be freely downloaded as a single document or by stages of implementation. The TEFCE Toolbox is an open access resource under Creative Commons license: CC BY 4.0. For questions, support and advice during implementation, please contact iro@iro.hr

Complete TEFCE Toolbox (in English):

Complete TEFCE Toolbox (other language versions):

The TEFCE Toolbox, an institutional self-reflection framework for community engagement in higher education, has been translated into 4 languages. In addition to being available in English, the TEFCE Toolbox is now available in Catalan, Croatian, German and Spanish. 

For background documents and methodology and TEFCE Toolbox by stages, please visit https://www.tefce.eu/toolbox



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

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government