IV.1 Moving beyond the ivory tower: the expanding global movement of engaged universities


Evidence from engaged universities around the world demonstrates that there is a global movement of universities dedicated to civic engagement and social responsibility. This movement contributes to societal change by enlarging existing notions of knowledge generation and impact. Experience and perspectives from the global south are essential to growing and strengthening this movement, and national and regional networks constitute a key dimension of the movement’s infrastructure and momentum. Our regional overview synthesizes information from the regional papers and from the research and experience of the Talloires Network to describe this global movement; it also provides a collective vision and agenda for civic engagement in higher education.

Lorlene M. Hoyt and Robert M. Hollister
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  • 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