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TNLC 2021 VIRTUAL SMALL GATHERING BOLTERS LIVINGSTONE INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY IMAGE

Community Engagement Initiative, LIU

Talloires Networks of Engaged Universities Leadership Conference 2021 of small virtual gathering hosted by Livingstone International University (LIU) has leveraged the university to yet another global level. LivingStone International University participated in TNLC 2017 in Xalapa Veracruzana Mexico, and was represented by three people, a staff and two students.

In the months of September 30th to October the 3rd 2021 the University hosted a small gathering virtual TNLC 2021 on the conference theme; Global Universities, Local Impact: Roles and Responsibilities of Universities on the new Campus, Nyanza South, Mugiti Sub County, and Budaka District.  The small gathering conference was funded by Talloires Networks of Engaged Universities through a 2021 grant award of 12,000 USD to the LIU Community Engagement Initiative.

Linked through Zoom and webinar from Boston University, the three day conference discussed key university and community responsibilities not only at local level, but globally. It stressed the significance to maximize engagement and forge connections, even in a virtual format, including special opportunities for student leadership and participation. Using several interactive technology platforms, the gathering featured several activities and presentations from various university representatives, and organisations globally.

 The plenary on the conference theme was opened by Philip Cotton, Head of MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. The speech captivated how most universities have global reach with the invention of the internet, long distance learning besides, sharing of published research. However, the questions raised were   whether institutions of higher learning impact the communities in which they are based?  If universities show a sense of social responsibility and civic duty? Communities have many challenges including health starting with the COVID 19 pandemic that countries are dealing with, human rights, climate change, hunger and food security, inequalities in various spheres of life etc.

 

During the session for Africa, Mr. Efiti Filliam, Dean School of Communication and Media Technology presented a paper on “Challenges of Covid 19 in African Universities” with emphasis on conscripted social status and lockdown of university parental responsibility as a result of COVID 19 and its impact on the lifestyles of students.

The highly rich presentations and various global discussions particularly on the significance of opportunities to critically reflect on the power and responsibility of engaged universities to work together–and in partnership with communities–too sustainably and equitably address global challenges.

Dr. Henry Buregea Vice Chancellor , LivingStone International University,  Dr. Simon Anguma, Deputy Vice Chancellor  Muni Public University, Dr. Mary Manana the Director of Uganda Christian University participated in the Conference. Others include; Ronald Emojong of Busitema University, Associate Lecturer Dr. Florence Tushabe of Soroti University, Mrs, Joyce Kidulu Matuka Country Director of Right Choices, Mrs Janet Nabulayo Coordinator Busamaga Women Group, IT expert  Professor  Drusilla Bagabo,  Busoga University, and Becky Alupo, Mt. Elgon Tree Growing Enterprise, 16 LivingStone International students from all the four Schools, Deans and top management. The virtual conference attracted 60 participants.

Linked through Zoom and webinar from Boston University, the three day conference discussed key university and community responsibilities not only at local level, but globally. It stressed the significance to maximize engagement and forge connections, even in a virtual format, including special opportunities for student leadership and participation. Using several interactive technology platforms, the gathering featured several activities and presentations from various university representatives, and organisations globally.