Leveraging Community-University Engagements for Social Impact with Lifelong Penchants



Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU002000

Worldwide, universities are considered assets for empowering local communities, hence making “community engagement” or “third mission of universities” popular. Community-university engagement has thus become a strategy for universities to generate, apply, use knowledge and other university resources outside academic environments. While arguments in this book indicate that universities have great potential to empower communities, it also remains largely true that communities also empower universities in many respects. The potential for each partner to contribute can be compromised when conditions necessary for success are not considered.

Communities, for example, lose trust and resent exploitation of their resources when universities alone gain from these exchanges. Both parties should participate actively to contribute to national development agendas such as poverty reduction, illiteracy and youth unemployment, just to mention a few. An emphasis on social impact through community-university engagements exists as well. This is particularly needed where engagement agendas are traditionally underrepresented or marginalized in development activities. This book was inspired by the authors’ experiences as community development experts with special interest in development agendas that address social exclusion. When properly conceived, community-university engagements can offer unlimited benefits in respect to community empowerment. Different chapters of this book map out essential characteristics and conditions for effective engagements. (Imprint: Novinka)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Executive Summary and Extended Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Introduction and Context

Chapter 2. Initial Reflection on Impact-Oriented Community Engagement: A Focus on Botswana

Chapter 3. Participatory Research as a Strategy for Impact-Oriented Community Engagements

Chapter 4. Mapping Out Strategic Indicators of an Impact-Oriented Community-University Engagement

Chapter 5. Defining Strategy Components: Towards Sustained Impact Engagements

Chapter 6. Key Lessons Learned with a Grander Focus on Impact


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<a href=”https://novapublishers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Book-Review-Leveraging-Community-University-Engagements-for-Social-Impact-with-Lifelong-Penchants-Mupedziswa.pdf” target=”_blank”>Click here</a> to read the book review by –  Professor Rodreck Mupedziswa, PhD, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

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The intended audience of this book is quite broad. First and foremost, community-university engagement is phenomenon that attracts a number of stakeholders, for example, adult and extension professionals and scholars within universities as well as the industry and other organizations. An important segment of this audience is the adult learner in the context of social work, community development and extension work. As a textbook, this work may be used both in the conventional and non-formal education settings of adult basic education, continuing professional education, extension education, community development settings or other higher institute of learning such as tertiary, university and colleges. This book can also be attractive to community-based (CBOs) and non-government organizations (NGOs) interested in community-university engagements. Actually, the basic model of community-university engagements that infused the principles of lifelong learning and African indigenous ways of learning presented in this book can interest any reader with adequate level of interest in these types of engagements

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