The European Commission has published a new report entitled Community Engagement in Higher Education: Trends, Practices and Policies, prepared by the EC’s Network of Experts on the Social Dimension of Education and Training (NESET).
Based on a comprehensive literature review, the report argues that universities play a crucial role in responding to societal needs and can further enhance their societal impact at the local, national or international level through community engagement. The report proposes a broad definition of community engagement in higher education, whereby:
The question of how universities can contribute to social and economic recovery in the post-COVID-19 period is likely to be at the top of policymakers’ agendas in the years to come. The arguments presented in the report regarding the dimensions, good practices and benefits of community engagement will be highly relevant to policymakers and university leaders developing plans for the recovery and development of higher education in the post-crisis period.
The report was written on behalf of NESET by Thomas Farnell (Institute for the Development of Education, Croatia) and peer reviewed by Ellen Hazelkorn (BH Associates; Technological University Dublin, Ireland) and Dragana Avramov (NESET Scientific Coordinator).
The report is available on this link.