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June 24, 2016
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Living Knowledge Network Full of Life

The Living Knowledge Network (LKN), a network originating with the creation of science shops in the Netherlands during the politically charged times of the 1960s and 70s has come together for a 7th time, this year in Dublin hosted by … Continue reading

May 20, 2016
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Social Responsibility, the Public Good and Higher Education

University campuses in South Africa erupted last year as a wave of demands for a decolonised curriculum swept across that country.  Echoes of those cries were picked up by students at universities such as Oxford, with #Rhodesmustfall tweets and the … Continue reading

April 22, 2016
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Change or Disappear

“Academic institutions must find new ways to engage with society or they will not survive” These were the inaugural words of Prof. S.K. Pandey, Vice-Chancellor of Pandit Ravi Shankar Shukla University in Raipur, Chhattisgarh on April 20, 2016 at the … Continue reading

March 14, 2016
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Our UNESCO Chair is almost four years old!

We are in sight of our fourth birthday as the co-holders of our UNESCO Chair on Community-based Research (CBR) and Social Responsibility (SR) in Higher Education.  The terms for all of the UNESCO Chairs are 4 years.  We have given … Continue reading

February 8, 2016
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“Misbehaviour” in Community Engagement

“Practitioners of community engagement in universities can also misbehave, unless rigorous standards of quality are established and enforced”, thus spoke Prof Darren  of Durban Institute of Technology in a seminar at PRIA last week. His presentation centred around the challenge … Continue reading

January 11, 2016
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Building Knowledge Democracy: Community-Based Curriculum Development in Higher Education

The writings associated with our UNESCO Chair refer often to the co-creation of knowledge as part of a community based research or a community university research partnership process.  But the co-construction of knowledge also happens within the context of curriculum … Continue reading

December 7, 2015
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Engaged Research is Rigorous and Accountable

Over the past week, several conversations seem to challenge the real meanings of community-engaged (community-based) participatory research. A conversation with scholars from a dozen Commonwealth countries highlighted the growing disconnect between research and teaching functions within Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). … Continue reading

November 6, 2015
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Halloween, Knowledge Democracy and US Foundations

Rajesh and I have recently spent several days in New York City.  Our time happened to fall on October 31, which is the Halloween celebration in Ireland, the United States and some other countries. Halloween is said to have evolved … Continue reading

October 6, 2015
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A Tribute to a connecter: Peter Park (1930-2014)

In the history of social movements and social change not enough is said about a category of persons we might refer to as connecters.  Who are these people? Why are they important? Persons who are located outside the reins of … Continue reading

September 15, 2015
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Governance of Higher Education

I have visited universities in Raipur, Bhopal, Lucknow and Mysore in the past couple of months. I have interacted with students, faculty and administrators in these institutions of higher education. Given the admission season and start of the new term, … Continue reading

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