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USRN Virtual Boot Camp + Seed Fund Competition: Innovating for the COVID New Normal

The global spread of the COVID pandemic has triggered new practices and technologies that would become rooted in our everyday lives. While at times disruptive, these innovations also bring the potential to challenge existing social norms and drive forward a more inclusive and sustainable future. The University Social Responsibility Network (USRN) is now inviting students

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New USRN Member: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The University Social Responsibility Network (USRN) is delighted to welcome Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) to the Network and be our first member institution in the Netherlands.  “Responsible”, “Open” and “Personal” are the three core values of VU. In today’s world this constituting value set is manifest in different but related activities such as a strong

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PolyU Distinguished Lecture Series: The Future of Global Universities

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) Academy for Interdisciplinary Research (PAIR) will conduct an online distinguished lecture series on “The Future of Global Universities” on Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 3:00 – 4:15 pm Hong Kong SAR Time (GMT +8). Presented by Professor David Cardwell, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Strategy and Planning) of University of Cambridge, UK, the Lecture

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Conference Report: The 4th Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum (GEEF 2022)

Co-hosted by Yonsei University’s Institute for Global Engagement & Empowerment (IGEE), Ban Ki-moon Foundation for a Better Future, and Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, the 4th  Global Engagement and Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development (GEEF 2022) was held virtually on 10 – 11 February 2022 with great success. The Forum focused on examining the

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Manchester Charity Launches Urgent Appeal to Provide Ukraine Medical Aid

A humanitarian charity based at The University of Manchester has launched an urgent Ukraine Appeal, as it seeks to raise money to provide emergency medical aid for the millions of people displaced by the Russian invasion of the country. UK-Med, which was founded by Professor Tony Redmond OBE in 1995, has provided humanitarian healthcare assistance

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PolyU Global Student Competition 2022 “Leadership and Serving the Community”

Nurturing “socially responsible global citizens” is one of the educational aspirations of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU).  PolyU is committed to equip our graduates with the capacity for understanding different cultures and social development needs in the local, national, and global contexts; and groom their social, national, and global responsibility. PolyU’s service-learning programme, an international

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2021 USR Summit

‘What are universities good for?’: The University of Pretoria and the University Social Responsibility Network (USRN) successfully co-host the first digital University Social Responsibility Summit.

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USRN Webinar Series

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USRN Webinar Series #4.3: Service-Learning as a Vehicle for Global Learning and Internationalisation

Internationalisation and global learning are important learning outcomes in higher education, and an increasing amount of resources are poured into learning programs that facilitate global learning, such as student exchange or study tours. Service-learning is a well-researched pedagogy that is known to be effective at nurturing students’ civic learning. Considering that many service-learning projects require

USRN Webinar Series #4.2: Community Engagement Using a Hybrid Approach

Digital media have increased the resources available to universities to develop and implement innovative university social responsibility (USR) projects using hybrid approaches of engagement. This webinar will focus on the USR projects developed by three different Faculties at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in order to continue with their USR projects, despite the constraints

Publications

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Creating an International Collaborative MOOC on University Social Responsibility

In 2018 the universities in the University Social Responsibility Network (USRN) embarked on the ambitious project of creating a collaborative Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). This paper describes the joint nature of the project, challenges faced, lessons learned, and tips for success in joint projects for MOOC creation as well as for USR policy making and implementation.

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University Social Responsibility and Quality of LifeA Global Survey of Concepts and Experiences

This book provides a critical review of the theory and practice of University Social Responsibility.

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