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Monday, May 11 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Disrupting the Status Quo of Disengaged Universities and Transforming them into Socially Responsible & Engaged Universities

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Disrupting the Status Quo of Disengaged Universities and Transforming them into Socially Responsible & Engaged Universities

The prevalence of socio-economic uncertainty and the rise of cultural insecurity, in recent times, has questioned the value and purpose of universities within their regional, national and international contexts. Increasingly, the commercialization of higher education has led to societal distrust of universities and the important work they do. Therefore, universities all over the world are making efforts to engage with their communities to ‘disrupt’ the misleading notion of being ivory towers and ‘transform’ the way faculties, students and staff interact with their communities for meaningful social impact. More importantly, given the socio-economic scenario, “higher education institutions are [now] at the forefront of change towards an enhanced model of development based on closer industry-government-society relationship” (World University Ranking, 2016). Participants of this talk will develop an understanding of the changing role of higher education in this regard.
Next, this presentation addresses solutions for the pursuit of this ‘enhanced model’, whereby higher education institutions can incorporate community engagement as an important directive in their strategic planning. Universities are seeking ways to firstly, combine academic knowledge and community knowledge to address issues of social disadvantage and secondly, combine university services and community services to maximize social impact by reaching out to members in need of such services. This is a mammoth undertaking - one that requires extension of university membership to communities who otherwise might never engage with the academic world. Therefore, this presentation will address the task ahead for universities in building community partnerships for meaningful social impact and development of its surrounding communities. Using the framework of Service Learning, this presentation will expand on two things, a) how to build equitable and sustainable community partnerships through course design and b) how can universities institutionalize their civic mission. Participants will engage with the difficult question of how faculties can apply their intellectual expertise for community growth by transforming their course design to incorporate community-partnerships through the three models of Service Learning (SL) – Pure SL, Disciplined-based SL and Problem-Based SL and build capacity for social responsibility within various disciplines.

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Ayesha Mushtaq

Instructor, Dalhousie University Halifax
Ms. Mushtaq’s expertise is in educational leadership, curriculum development and international education in global contexts. Ms. Mushtaq’s doctoral work is in Educational Leadership with a focus on curriculum internationalization in higher education.

Monday May 11, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Salon D
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