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The Institute for the Development of Education (Croatia), together with 22 partners/associate partners from six EU Member States including EUA, launched the Erasmus+ project SHEFCE – Steering Higher Education for Community Engagement.

The project has been launched to support community engagement of European universities, understood as university partnerships with external stakeholders to address societal challenges.

The SHEFCE project is a follow-up to the project TEFCE – Towards a European Framework for Community Engagement in Higher Education that has developed a toolbox to support universities and policymakers in supporting community engagement. It will have four main outputs:

  • University action-plans for community engagement at five partner universities.
  • Policy recommendations for system-level support for community engagement in higher education in five countries and at the EU level.
  • A European online platform for community engagement in higher education with resources and tools to support universities and communities.
  • Piloting a European university-community engagement ‘heatmap’ to help universities learn from good practices at universities in other countries.

The SHEFCE project is co-funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education and will last until August 2023.

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