Socially Responsible Higher Education

International Perspectives on Knowledge Democracy

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Is the university contributing to our global crises or does it offer stories of hope? Much recent debate about higher education has focussed upon rankings, quality, financing and student mobility. The COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, the calls for decolonisation, the persistence of gender violence, the rise of authoritarian nationalism, and the challenge of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals have taken on new urgency and given rise to larger questions about the social relevance of higher education. In this new era of uncertainty, and perhaps opportunity, higher education institutions can play a vital role in a great transition or civilisational shift to a newly imagined world.

Socially Responsible Higher Education: International Perspectives on Knowledge Democracy shares the experiences of a broadly representative and globally dispersed set of writers on higher education and social responsibility, broadening perspectives on the democratisation of knowledge. The editors have deliberately sought examples and viewpoints from parts of the world that are seldom heard in the international literature. Importantly, they have intentionally chosen to achieve a gender and diversity balance among the contributors. The stories in this book call us to take back the right to imagine, and ‘reclaim’ the public purposes of higher education.
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Budd Hall is Professor Emeritus with the School of Public Administration, University of Victoria, Canada, and Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education.
Rajesh Tandon is Founder-President, Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), a global participatory research and training organisation based in New Delhi, India and Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education.
Dzulkifli Abdul Razak
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Notes on Contributors

Introduction: Social Responsibility and Community Based Research in Higher Education Institutions
Budd Hall and Rajesh Tandon

PART 1: Higher Education and Civic Space for Learning

1 The University and the Tensions of Inclusion as Part of the Ethos of Social Responsibility
Ana Maria de Albuquerque Moreira, Andrea Tejera Techera, Márcia Lopes Reis and Sebastian Schurmann
2 Rethinking Higher Education for Social Responsibility in South Africa: Considering Synergies between Gandhian Principles and Ubuntu
Kanya Padayachee, Darren Lortan and Savathrie Maistry
3 Nepali Lifeworld and Its Higher Education System: A Critical Assessment of the Dis/Connection
Kapil Dev Regmi
4 ‘Social Infrastructures’ in the Nexus of Education and Justice
Benita Moolman and Janice McMillan
5 Why Are Our Rankings So White?
University Wankings
6 Saying ‘No’ to Rankings and Metrics: Scholarly Communication and Knowledge Democracy
Florence Piron, Tom Olyhoek, Ivonne Lujano Vilchis, Ina Smith and Zakari Liré

PART 2: Curricula: Decolonised and Local

7 Education outside the Classroom: Social Commitment in University Education
James Cuenca Morales and Claudia Lucía Mora Motta
8 Community Learning and the Arts in Art Education: Experiences in Montenegro
Anđela Jakšić-Stojanović
9 Higher Education and the Unique Gifts of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
Anna Nahirna and Olha Mykhailyshyn
10 Language, Identity and Transformation: The Case of Arabic in Qatari Higher Education
Emna Belkhiria, Mazhar al-Zo’by and Arslan Ayari
11 Universities and Society in Kyrgyzstan: A Historical, Political and Economic Perspective
Bohdan Krawchenko, Zalina Enikeeva and Tamara Krawchenko

PART 3: Teaching: Engaged Action

12 Social Responsibility and Legal Education in India: A Study in Special Reference to National Law Universities
Anita Kumari and Pratikalpa Sharma
13 Engaging the School Community into Diversity and Inclusion: The Case of EHESP School of Public Health
Estelle Baurès and Alessia Lo Porto-Lefébure
14 Service Learning at the Instituto Professional of Chile: Social Responsibility in Higher Technical and Professional Education
José Sepúlveda Maulén
15 Towards a New Understanding of Social Responsibility: The Experiences and Challenges Faced by Peru’s Law Schools
Renata Anahí Bregaglio Lazarte, Renato Antonio Constantino Caycho and Paula Camino Morgado

PART 4: Partnerships: Renegotiating Knowledge and Society

16 Tagore, Social Responsibility and Higher Education in India
Sarita Anand
17 Preventing University Student Radicalisation: A Social Responsibility for Institutions of Higher Education
Catherine Déri
18 Support for Prospective Refugee Students in Germany: Quo Vadis?
Jana Berg
19 50 Years and beyond on Knowledge for Change in Malaysia: The Case of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
Aileen Tan Shau Hwai, Muzaimi Mustapha, Asyirah Abdul Rahim and Darshan Singh
20 Towards a European Framework for Community Engagement in Higher Education
Thomas Farnell and Bojana Ćulum Ilić
21 Policies, Learning and Ethical Positions in the University-Community Articulation: Higher Education Legitimacy in the Southern Cone
Sebastián Fuentes
22 Trying to Say ‘No’ to Rankings and Metrics: Case Studies from Francophone West Africa, South Africa, Latin America and the Netherlands
Florence Piron, Tom Olyhoek, Ivonne Lujano Vilchis, Ina Smith and Zakari Liré

Conclusion: Towards a Framework for Knowledge Democracy
Rajesh Tandon and Budd Hall

Higher education students, scholars and administrators. Ministries of higher education, policy makers, networks, foundations, UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education, Climate crisis and social justice activists, University World News.

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