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April 24, 2018
by Dr. Budd Hall, UNESCO Co-Chair
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Open Letter by Drs Hall & Tandon: Knowledge Democracy on the Move

What we are calling a knowledge democracy movement has clearly reached a new stage of maturity. Whether it is the community-based participatory research and engaged scholarship we see now in many university-community partnerships, the growth of open science and citizen’s … Continue reading

April 3, 2018
by Dr Rajesh Tandon
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In Search of Quality in Higher Education

Dr Rajesh Tandon, Co-Chair UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education “When free market competition substitutes for national vision of higher education, quality suffers a great deal…” In his inaugural keynote speech, Dr Munir Bashshur … Continue reading

January 2, 2018
by Budd L Hall and Rajesh Tandon
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Thoughts on a New Year

The arc of the moral universe in long, but it bends towards justice Martin Luther King You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water Rabindranath Tagore To annihilate indigenous populations eventually paves the way to … Continue reading

December 28, 2017
by Dr Rajesh Tandon
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Reflections from K4C Canada Launch

"Innovative solutions for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can only be found through partnership research in local contexts", said Dr Budd Hall while opening a panel where the Canadian Commission of UNESCO co-convened a launch of Knowledge for Change (K4C) global … Continue reading

November 27, 2017
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Mobilizing Community and Academic Knowledge to Address the UN SDG’s

Budd L Hall and Rajesh Tandon, Co-Chairs, UNESCO Chair in CBR and Social Responsibility in Higher Education Community-Based Participatory Researchers from Universities and civil society organizations from 10 countries gathered in New Delhi on November 13, 2017 to kick-off the … Continue reading

October 23, 2017
by Dr. Budd Hall, UNESCO Co-Chair
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Decolonisation in Practice: The University of Victoria Releases its First Indigenous Plan

We read much in the news of higher education around the world about decolonisation.  We have heard of the struggles in South Africa where political apartheid was ended, but epistemic apartheid was not. We have heard of the debates about … Continue reading

October 3, 2017
by Dr Rajesh Tandon
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Preparing Global Citizens

“Universities have abandoned their previous commitment to educating future citizens. In this world where globalisation of indifference is growing, universities must prepare their students as citizens who practice and value freedom, equality and solidarity,” said Dr Frederico Mayor, former Director-General … Continue reading

September 7, 2017
by Dr. Budd Hall, UNESCO Co-Chair
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Higher Education and the Right to Learn

Thoughts on International Literacy Day, September 8, 2017 The ability to read and write has never been of more importance than it is now.  The digital age means that there are more cell phones in the world than there are … Continue reading

August 22, 2017
by Dr Rajesh Tandon
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Engaged Universities Embrace Diversity

Over the past year, university campuses around the world have witnessed conflicts and tensions being played out in the larger society around them. Anti-colonial struggles in independent South Africa have found echo on campuses in #RhodesNoMore. Afro-descendants in Colombia, Mexico … Continue reading

June 23, 2017
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Cartagena 2017: Mecca of Participatory Action Research?

Both of us made a pilgrimage to Cartagena for the Action Research of the America’s conference and the First Global Assembly of Knowledge Democracy, June 12-17, 2017. For Budd it was a third visit to Cartagena having been there for … Continue reading

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