Our colleague Pierre-Luc Gagnon, CIRADD research project manager, has published a research report for the UNESCO-UNEVOC Network. Based on the results of a survey of seventy-three UNEVOC Centres, this report highlights the various practices linking higher education institutions to communities.
From forty countries, the responses of the seventy-three UNEVOC Centres made it possible to construct a portrait of the different models and practices mobilized during the development of relations between educational institutions and communities. Mr. Gagnon, responsible for carrying out the research project and writing the report, explains: “The centres participating in the research answered an online survey, which enabled us to better understand the ways they do things and to think about a methodology that could be mobilized by any educational institution wishing to improve its links with its community. While lifelong learning and community services are important vehicles for community engagement, institutional, political and individual factors contribute to the long-term sustainability of the linkages connecting a community to its educational institution.
UNESCO is the United Nations specialized agency for education, science and culture. UNESCO’s education sector is working to improve education around the world through technical support, standard-setting, innovative projects, capacity development and network building. To this end, UNESCO-UNEVOC organizes training courses, consultations and conferences in the various fields of technical and vocational education and training.