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November 15, 2018
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“We are de-universalising the knowledge systems of the global North”: International Association of Universities 2018 International Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The words quoted above were spoken by Prof. Mandla Makhanya, Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Africa (UNISA), an open university with more than 380,000 students. He was responding to the question “Are we adapting to or shaping a transforming … Continue reading

November 2, 2018
by Dr. Budd Hall, UNESCO Co-Chair
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Social Infrastructure and Social Responsibilities: Extending our understanding of engagement

Followers of research studies, blogs and social media communications associated with our UNESCO Chair in CBR and Social Responsibility in Higher Education will have heard much about community engaged learning and community led participatory research as well as the opportunities … Continue reading

October 29, 2018
by Dr Rajesh Tandon
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Building Local Community

“We would like to embed engagement in our university’s DNA”, said Prof Peter Keller, Provost & Vice-President Academic of Simon Fraser University (SFU) last week. He was interacting with mentors of the UNESCO Chair’s Knowledge for Change (K4C) initiative. Coming … Continue reading

October 16, 2018
by Dr Rajesh Tandon
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Science, Spirituality And Satyagraha: Life and Times of G.D. Agarwal

G.D. Agarwal passed away on 11 October, after a four-month hunger strike to push the government to clean up the river Ganga. In this obituary, Rajesh Tandon remembers the man and the times he lived in. I first met Prof … Continue reading

June 4, 2018
by Budd L Hall and Rajesh Tandon
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Knowledge Democracy and the Canadian Academy: 2018 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

The faces of Canadian scholarship are changing. I have just returned from the annual Canadian gathering of academics working in the fields of the humanities and social sciences.  The gathering known as ‘The Congress’ brings together academics from across Canada … Continue reading

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

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