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Thinking Thursdays: IIHEd Research Seminar Series at O P Jindal Global University, Sonepat, Haryana

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The International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building (IIHEd), at O P Jindal Global University, Sonepat, Haryana organized a lecture on August 31, 2017, as part of their research seminar series, called Thinking Thursdays. The Institute invited our Chair’s India Coordinator, Ms. Wafa Singh as a speaker at the seminar. Ms. Singh gave a talk on ‘Gauging the Impacts of Community University Engagement Initiatives in India‘. In her presentation, she introduced the UNESCO Chair to the audience and spoke about the study which the Chair conducted in India, in association with the British Council.

She outlined the concept of Community University Engagement (CUE), its principles and forms, and how the study at hand, explored various CUE practices in Indian Universities and the impacts arising out of it. She also reflected on the global literature and dimensions in this context, and clearly articulated the impacts of CUE practices on various stakeholders such as students, researchers, teachers, community, university, and others like Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the government. Finally, she also shared with the audience the various publications produced by the UNESCO Chair in the last five years which included books, manuals and higher education reports.

A copy of her presentation is available on the UNESCO Chair website, and can be accessed here: http://unescochair-cbrsr.org/pdf/resource/JGU_Aug2017.pdf

The lecture was organized by Dr Mousumi Mukherjee, Assistant Director, IIHEd, JGU, and among the attendees were Professor Sudarshan, Dean, School of Governance & Public Policy, JGU, and Masters’s students from various disciplines like law, international affairs, public policy etc.

The topic on which Ms. Singh delivered her lecture has also been recently published as an article in the ASEAN Journal of Community Engagement (http://ajce.ui.ac.id/). The journal is open access, and all papers are freely accessible. A copy of Ms. Singh’s paper is also available on the Chair website and can be accessed here: http://unescochair-cbrsr.org/pdf/resource/document_wafa.pdf

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