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Towards a socially responsible civic university: balancing the global and the local

May 30, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


The Public Engagement team invite you to attend a thought provoking and inspiring talk about what it means to be a civic university in the global 21st century and how universities can successfully engage with their varied communities, both at a global and a local level. Dr Rajesh Tandon will bring a global perspective, not just as a UNESCO Co-Chair of Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, but also share his experience of setting up participatory research and teaching as well as international networks and initiatives that promote authentic and participatory development of societies.

Amidst rapid developments of the University campuses, infrastructure, new approaches to teaching and research, universities are also redefining their relationship with their local and global communities. How do we respond to this pace of change, whilst remaining true to our core values as educators and researchers? We hope you can join us for this rare opportunity to hear Rajesh’s reflections about working locally whilst addressing global challenges, and the role of universities and other civic institutions in this.

The talk will be introduced by Prof Guy Orpen and followed by Q&As and a drinks reception.


Dr Rajesh Tandon    PRIA, UNESCO

Dr Rajesh Tandon is founder president of Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA). He is also Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair on Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education since 2012. In 2018, Dr Tandon was appointed member of the Subject Expert Group on Curricular Reforms and Educational Institutions Social Responsibility under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA). Dr Tandon has authored more than 100 articles, a dozen books and numerous training manuals. He has been inducted to the International Adult and Continuing Education (IACE) Hall of Fame (class of 2011).

A pioneer of participatory research, he has given new meaning to academic research by redefining the relationship between the researcher and the researched. He has championed the cause of building organisations and capacities of the marginalised through their knowledge, learning and empowerment. He has contributed to the emergence of several local, national and international groups and initiatives to promote authentic and participatory development of societies.