Talloires Network

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The Talloires Network is an international association of institutions committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education.[1] These institutions work together to implement the recommendations of the Talloires Declaration on the Civic Roles and Social Responsibilities of Higher Education. This Declaration was signed during a conference of university presidents at the Tufts University European Center in Talloires, France in September 2005. As of June 2013, 300 colleges and universities in 71 countries have signed the Declaration and are members of the Talloires Network.

The Talloires Network secretariat is based at Tufts University and directed by Rob Hollister, and is supported by several corporate donors and foundations, including Santander Universities,[2] The MasterCard Foundation,[3] and the Walmart Foundation. The Talloires Network hosts conferences, releases publications on university civic engagement, provides financial and technical support to regional university networks, and awards the annual MacJannet Prize for university student civic engagement initiatives.


The MacJannet Prize[edit]

The MacJannet Prize was established by the Talloires Network and the MacJannet Foundation to recognize exceptional student community engagement initiatives at Talloires Network member universities and contributes financially to their ongoing public service efforts.

The MacJannet Prize was established in order to:

  • Recognize and encourage exceptional student community engagement and community service
  • Financially support the ongoing work of university-based civic initiatives
  • Elevate innovative civic engagement program models and disseminate them throughout the Network as examples of promising practices
  • Strengthen public support for the global civic engagement movement in higher education
  • Champion the values and extend the legacy of Donald and Charlotte MacJannet, who devoted their lives to fostering international understanding
  • Promote action around the principles of the Talloires Declaration, which recommends steps to elevate the civic engagement of universities around the world

Community engagement initiatives at Talloires Network member institutions are eligible to be nominated. The nomination and award process is held February through May each year.

Youth Economic Participation Initiative (YEPI)[edit]

In 2012, the Talloires Network launched a new $5.9 million global initiative in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation. This Youth Economic Participation Initiative (YEPI) aims to address the global crisis in youth unemployment by supporting the efforts of universities in developing countries to develop and test innovative university-led models that enable upper-year university students and recent alumni to accelerate their transition to the work force. The Talloires Network awards six to eight Demonstration Grants of $350,000 to $465,000 to universities in the following regions: West Africa, Southern Africa, Eastern Africa, North Africa, South Asia, South East Asia, Central Asia, Latin America, Caribbean. The Talloires Network will support demonstration grant programs in evaluating and learning from their efforts, and will encourage the exchange of knowledge on this topic through the creation of a global Community of Practice in 2013.

University Volunteer Program[edit]

The Talloires Network (TN) and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) announced the pilot program for the Talloires Network University Volunteer Program, funded by the Santander Group, in 2013. The overarching goal of the Volunteer Program is to promote global civic engagement and community building through the international exchange of student volunteers within the Talloires Network member institutions. The program aims to instill long-term values of civic engagement and social responsibility in the volunteers such that they continue to contribute to their local communities and apply their experiences wherever they may go.

For the pilot year in 2013, the Talloires Network and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid are selecting 10-15 universities with special emphasis on South-South exchange within Latin America, Asia and Africa. Volunteers must be enrolled Talloires University member students and will participate in six-month-long assignments at a university in a country different from their own. Students will collaborate in activities that promote civic engagement and social responsibility with local communities.

Faculty and Staff Professional Development Program[edit]

The Faculty and Staff Professional Development Program (FSPD) is a new Talloires Network initiative made possible by funding from the Pearson Foundation and the administrative support of Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP). The goal of the program is to impart to participants the technical skills and knowledge that will enable them to expand and strengthen civic engagement efforts at their universities, as well as develop strategies and methods to promote institutional policy change and quality improvement.

Current members[edit]


East Asia and Pacific[edit]

Europe and Central Asia[edit]

Latin America & Caribbean[edit]

Middle East and North Africa[edit]

North America[edit]

South Asia[edit]

(*) Denotes university as one of the original 29 signatories to the Talloires Declaration at the 2005 Talloires Conference

Regional Partners[edit]


Current Publications[edit]

  • The Engaged University: International Perspectives on Civic Engagement by David Watson, Robert Hollister, Susan Stroud, and Elizabeth Babcock (Routledge, 2011).
  • “The Talloires Network: A Global Coalition of Engaged Universities” published in The Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement by Robert Hollister, John Pollock, Mark Gearan, Janice Reid, Susan Stroud, and Elizabeth Babcock (2012)
  • Transforming Cities and Minds Through the Scholarship of Engagement: Economy, Equity and Environment by Lorlene Hoyt (Vanderbilt University Press, April 2013)

Forthcoming Publications[edit]

  • "Moving Beyond the Ivory Tower: The Expanding Global Movement of Engaged Universities” by Robert Hollister and Lorlene Hoyt in Knowledge, Engagement and Higher Education: Rethinking Social Responsibility (Palgrave Macmillan, Spring 2013)


  • An essay for “Institutionalizing the Civic” by Robert Hollister for Bringing Theory To Practice’s Civic Provocations series, edited by Jill Reich
  • An article entitled “Chasing the Tail: Community-based Learning, Civic Engagement and Student Protest in Revolutionary Egypt” by Amy Newcomb Rowe and Martin Timothy Rowe for a special issue of Critical Sociology (A Critical Assessment of Community-Based Research); Special issue editors are Dave Overfelt of the Rochester Institute of Technology and Patricia Molina Costa of MIT’s Community Innovators Lab


  1. ^ "Campus Compact Partners and Funders." Campus Compact. 2007. <http://www.compact.org/about/funders_partners>.
  2. ^ "Sovereign Bank Together With Santander Universities Global Division Announce Agreements With Three Boston-Area Universities." Sovereign Bank. 2010. <http://www.sovereignbank.com/companyinfo/media_center/news_releases/company.asp?ID=946>.
  3. ^ "Tufts University, The Talloires Network." The MasterCard Foundation. 2012. <http://mastercardfdn.org/Projects/the-talloires-network>.

External links[edit]

  • Talloires Network: [1]