The Tawasol Project
NUI Galway, as part of a nine university collaboration, has been
funded to work with members of the higher education sector in Jordan and
Lebanon to introduce service learning. In 2008, the CKI, given its
growing international reputation, was asked to join a partnership to
look at and embed service learning in the Arab World. The EU project
entitled the ‘Tawasol Project
’, was successfully awarded funding and commenced in January 2010 for a period of three years.
In 2005, NUI Galway became the first non-US based institution to join Campus Compact is a consortium of almost 1,000 colleges and universities in the US, representing over five million students, who are committed to renewing the civic purpose of higher education. The coalition was formed in 1985 to support civic education, community building and campus engagement in higher education. Campus Compact support the development of civic engagement within higher education through research, resource provision, training, awards programmes and funding opportunities.
In June 2005, prior to NUI Galway’s 3rd Annual Teaching and Learning Conference 2005
on the theme of civic engagement and service learning, Campus Compact’s Executive Director Elizabeth Hollander visited the campus and worked with NUI Galway's President, Registrar and Deputy President, CKI Personnel and staff of NUI Galway.
During her visit, she stressed that, “We are delighted to welcome the National University of Ireland, Galway as our first Irish member of Campus Compact, indeed, our first international member that is not an American University. They are joining over 900 colleges and universities that are committed to educating students to assume their responsibilities in building the future of their communities and their democracies. This is, indeed, a world wide need and we have much to learn and teach each other.”
In 2006, Campus Compact celebrated its 20th anniversary and held a prestigious conference
to mark this event.
Deputy President and Registrar, Professor Jim Browne, Lorraine McIlrath, CKI Project Coordinator and NUI Galway President Dr Iognáid G. Ó Muircheartaigh with Elizabeth Hollander, Executive Director of Campus Compact disscuss the future of the CKI at NUI Galway, May 2005.
to help support the way forward in terms of addressing civic engagement within higher education in Ireland. Membership of this organisation has enabled a whole institutional approach towards transforming and embedding CKI activities.
The Talloires Network
NUI Galway is a signatory to the Talloires Declaration
. The Talloires Network
is an international association of institutions committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education. We work together to implement the recommendations of the Talloires Declaration and build a global movement of engaged universities.
Members of the network commit themselves to action on both individual and collective levels. Members agree to expand and strengthen their civic engagement and social responsibility work through teaching, learning, research, and service. They also agree to share information on their civic engagement policies and programs with the membership of the network.
We believe that higher education institutions do not exist in isolation from society, nor from the communities in which they are located. The Talloires Network envisions universities around the world as a vibrant and dynamic force in their societies, incorporating civic engagement and community service into their research and teaching mission.
Expand higher education civic engagement programs through teaching, research, and public service
Apply higher education standards of excellence and peer review to community engagement
Foster partnerships between institutions of higher education and communities to empower groups and individuals and increase the relevance of higher education
Facilitate the creation of regional networks of universities dedicated to civic engagement