Mutual Learning and Empowering Support: Networks and Balance between Local and Global Demands




Tremblay, Crystal
Singh, Wafa
Lepore, Walter

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Community-University Engagement (CUE) networks and research partnerships may be particularly useful for advancing sustainable social and ecological development as they can mobilize the knowledge, skills and assets of both Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and communities. In this chapter, we present a series of principles for stakeholder engagement and partnership at HEIs, showcase key global CUE networks committed to strengthening the civic roles and responsibility of HEIs, and propose recommendations to help policymakers and practitioners use networks and partnerships as a practical tool to engage with global and local pressing problems. There is growing evidence that indicates a large aggregate trend to unite civil society, HEIs and networks in common efforts to co-create knowledge, mobilize it to inform practice and policy, and enhance the social, economic and environmental conditions of people, communities, nations and the world.



community-university engagement, networks and research partnerships, higher education institutions, stakeholder engagement, co-creation of knowledge, local and global issues


Tremblay, C; Singh, W; Lepore, W (2017). Mutual Learning and Empowering Support: Networks and Balance between Local and Global Demands. In F. X. Grau, J. Goddard, B. Hall, E. Hazelkorn, R. Tandon (eds.), Higher Educaton in the World 6. Towards a Socially Responsible University: Balancing the Global with the Local, First edition. Girona: Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi), pp. 391-401.