12 May Steering Higher Education for Community Engagement
SHEFCE: Steering Higher Education for Community Engagement
THEMATIC FIELD OF THE PROJECT:
Community engagement in higher education
SOURCE OF FUNDING:
European Commission, Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education
Institute for the Development of Education // Danube University Krems // University of Rijeka // Ghent University // Technological University Dublin // University of Girona // Free University of Brussels // Association of Catalan Public Universities // National University of Ireland Galway // Brodoto // European University Association // European Association of Institutions in Higher Education // European Students’ Union // Council of Europe // Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development // Campus Engage // European Higher Education Society // Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Research // CitySpark // Dublin City Council // Girona City Council // Rijeka City Council
SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT:
There are increasing demands for universities to open up to society and to demonstrate their societal impact. Community engagement is a key precondition for societal impact and refers to partnerships between universities and their external communities, encompassing public, business and civil society sectors, to address societal needs. However, universities that wish to become more community-engaged lack methods and tools for doing so, policymakers lack a clear definition of community engagement, its dimensions, benefits and policy options, and communities wishing to partner with universities still find them difficult to approach.
The long-term objective of the project Steering Higher Education for Community Engagement (SHEFCE) is to contribute to increasing community engagement of European universities, in the form of partnerships with local and regional stakeholders to address societal challenges. The specific objective of project is to build the capacities of universities, policymakers and stakeholders in Europe for mainstreaming community engagement in higher education.
The SHEFCE project will produce four intellectual outputs (IOs):
- University action-planning for community engagement
- Policy recommendations for system-level support for community engagement in higher education
- European online platform for community engagement in higher education
- Piloting a European university-community engagement heatmap
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