Community Engagement and Service: The Third Mission of Universities

Posted by on October 27, 2008

Pascal Vancouver International Conference: “The Third Mission of Universities”

University of British Columbia in Vancouver
May 18–20, 2009

Call for papers, panels, and poster sessions

This conference will bring together academic researchers, teachers and administrators as well as practitioners, professionals, policy analysts and makers in order to explore and showcase research and practice of what in North America is called ‘Service to the Community’. Although newly discovered by some universities, service to the community has a long tradition in others and, in many cases, is recognized as an explicit mandate in the university charter. Service is understood to be the third mission of universities, alongside Teaching and Research. Service and community engagement takes many different forms. Examples are community-based research and learning, assistance in regional development, continuing and community education, technology transfer, and other forms of knowledge sharing and cooperation.

Proposals (between 400 and 800 words) are invited until January 31, 2009 to the following address:

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