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  • Monday September, 11th, Festive start of the collaboration between VU University & district Amsterdam Nieuw-West
September, 18th until October 25th: program for Fulbright Expert Robert G. Bringle at the VU University:
  • Thursday September 28th, meeting with the City Deal Partners & KnowVU
  • Friday October 20th, Dies Natalis of the University
  • Tuesday October 24rd, CSL Conference/Expert Seminar

Monday, September 11th Festive start of the collaboration between VU University & district Amsterdam Nieuw-West

A covenant has been signed at a ceremony to confirm the cooperation between VU University and (district) Amsterdam Nieuw-West when it comes to organizing Community Service Learning activities (CSL). In first instance, the cooperation takes form in the opening of a VU study hall, located in Nieuw-West. On behalf of the VU University, Rector Vinod Subramaniam and on behalf of Amsterdam Nieuw-West, Achmed Baâdoud, chairman of the Nieuw West district committee, will sign the covenant.

information via: communityservice@vu.nl

Thursday September 28th, meeting with the City Deal Partners and KnowVU (the VU Education Knowledge Network/network of teaching staff), 13.00-17.00 (consisting of two parts), subsequently with an informal meeting with drinks after 17.00 [rooms: Agora 1 & Aurora]

The first public activity will take place on the 28th of September, organized by the internal teacher’s network KnowVU and a national network parties involved with an initiative called the City Deal (a collaboration between higher education and municipalities, in an attempt to tackle societal and social issues).

13.00 – 15.00 uur, Agora 1 hall, VU. Attendees will be of the City Deal Network and other interested individuals from the KnowVU network (also accessible for other ones who are interested).
Focus: CSL and the community/social partners/city

-René Bekkers, Professor Social Aspects of Prosocial Behavior, Center for Philanthropic Studies, VU Amsterdam and Chairman of the Steering Group of the CSL-project of the VU, will provide the opening of the meeting.
- Wim Haan will kick-off this program by offering an introduction of the implementation process of Community Service Learning at the VU. He will discuss the unicity of CSL, and address how CSL differs from internships and volunteer work. Topics, such as the embedding of CSL in the institutional plan of the VU, relation with other strategic axes of the university, and centralization versus decentralization will be discussed.
- Esther Haverkort (manager Urban Practice-BOOT/ HvA (the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences), and CSL VU adviser) will, on the basis of the experiences of the HvA with the Neighborhood Stores ‘Education Research and Talent Development’, discuss her experiences about managing sustainable relationship networks with social partners.
- Floor Wijnands, Project Manager of “Vooruit”, will talk about VoorUit's contribution to the development of neighborhoods. As a social entrepreneur, Floor Wijnands is always looking for matches that create added value, with an analytic ability for different interests and cultural differences between business, education and the nonprofit.
- Robert G. Bringle will deliver an introduction, focusing on the collaboration between the university and the city/community. Questions that will be answered, are as follows: ‘How do you shape this collaboration within CSL?’; ‘What are focal points for a sustainable preservation of this collaboration?’;‘What are potential obstacles and risks?’;‘How does CSL relate to the topic of ‘social justice?’

Registering is possible via the form on the KnowVU site or by sending an e-mail to communityservice@vu.nl

15:00 – 17:00 Aurora hall. Attendees will be of the KnowVU network and other interested individuals from the City Deal network (also accessible for other ones who are interested).
Focus: CSL and educational content, CSL and the learning objectives of a study (academic curriculum), curricular versus extra-curricular, assessment of CSL-education, CSL and Gross Academic Value (in Dutch Bruto Academische Waarde; the societal value of education).

- Joke van Saane will open the seminar on behalf of the CSL-steering committee and the OPO-committee (Faculty Board members responsible for Education). She will introduce CSL and the institutional plan of the VU concerning CSL, the connection between Gross Academic Value and CSL and the current outlines of the SMART-plan, that will be developed in collaboration with the Goldschmeding Foundation.
-Marjolein Zweekhorst (Professor of Innovation and Education in the Health and Life Sciences, and director of the Athena Institute*) will then speak on the development of Science Shops in the university. Science shops are currently part of the Athena Institute and the Sciences faculty.
- A recap of the experiences and take-home messages in regards to the CSL-pilots 2015-2016 will be given by Peer Smets.
-The presence of an additional speaker is to be announced.
- During this seminar, Robert G. Bringle will discuss the different types of Community Service Learning. He will also offer insights how to successfully organize teacher-support and how to introduce CSL-activities in education (i.e. how to motivate teachers to engage in CSL-activities). Finally, he will go over the assessment of CSL and the importance of reciprocity and reflection.

Registering is possible via the form on the KnowVU site or by sending an e-mail to communityservice@vu.nl

Friday October 20th, Dies Natalis of the University [exact program will be announced].

The celebration of VU Amsterdam’s 137th Dies Natalis will revolve around Science for Sustainibility. In order to connect science with society it is important that science will take the form of Living Labs and Community Service Learning. What we know about sustainability, as well as what we know about health, remains unused in many ways. Living Labs and Community Service Learning can be ways in which to bridge the gap between knowledge about sustainability and societal issues. We invite Robert G. Bringle to deliver a presentation during this year’s Dies-celebration on Community Service Learning in the light of Science for Sustainability.

Further information will be announced via the general calendar-page of the VU., for specific information about Robert G. Bringle's contribution, you can contact us via:communityservice@vu.nl

Tuesday October 24rd, CSL Conference/Expert Seminar

“Implementing Community Service Learning in the Dutch and European context”

Higher Education Community Engagement has a long and productive history. In The Netherlands and indeed throughout Europe, many initiatives have been taken to start implementing Community Service Learning programmes. Some of those, like the Uniaktiv-initiative in Duisburg-Essen and the Service Learning program of the University of Galway have already built up extensive experience in implementing and sustaining Community Service Learning programmes.

As a part of the Fulbright Expert activities of professor Robert G. Bringle at the Vrije Universiteit (from September 18 – October 25), a conference/expert-meeting is organized on Tuesday October 24th, in which we hope to explore the international context of Community Service Learning with partners of the Aurora Network and with representatives of the Europe Engage Project.

In this seminar, we start from the notion that CSL can bring far-reaching benefits for students, faculty and community partners. VU President Jaap Winter will shed light on why the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam decided to engage in creation of “Gross Academic Value” as well as out-of-classroom experiences. During the seminar, we aim to take you through the most recent developments in CSL at VU as well as international developments and international cooperation practice in the field of CSL. Whilst discussing these developments, the very nature of CSL activities and the anchoring of CSL in education will be examined. An additional element of this seminar will be on how to conduct good research on the impact of Community Service Learning. Throughout the seminar professor Robert G. Bringle will share his experiences on his six weeks’ stay at VU University and will share his expertise on the aforementioned themes.

In summary: During this one day conference, dimensions of leadership (institutional conditions), student learning, partnering, assessing, funding, quality and ethical review are discussed in lectures and interactive sessions.

Preliminary program

09.00 Opening by prof.dr. René Bekkers, Professor Social Aspects of Prosocial Behavior, Center for Philanthropic Studies, VU Amsterdam and Chairman of the Steering Group of the CSL-project of the VU

09.15 “Gross Academic Value and Community Service Learning at the Vrije Universiteit”, by prof.mr.dr. Jaap Winter, President of the Vrije Universiteit, Professor in Corporate Governance in the Netherlands and in Europe.

09.45 “Challenges for implementing and sustaining Community Service Learning at the Vrije Universiteit”, by prof.dr. Robert G. Bringle, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Philanthropic Studies and Senior Scholar, IUPUI Center for Service and Learning, in an interactive interview with René Bekkers. Robert G. Bringle will look back at the six weeks spent at the VU University. What does he diagnose as opportunities and pitfalls of the university when it comes to implementing CSL?

10.30 Coffee/tea break

11.00 “Transdisciplinary approaches for joint reflection and action on innovation processes among a wide variety of stakeholders”, by prof.dr. Jacqueline Broerse, Professor of innovation and communication in the Health and Life Sciences and director of the Athena Institute, Jacqueline Broerse will shed light on examples of CSL activities: what is the nature of these activities and who are involved?

11.20 “The SMART project and longitudinal research into the impact of Community Service Learning”, by prof.dr. Paul van Lange, Chair in Social Interaction and Interdependence, Faculty Behavioural and Movement Sciences

11.50 Panel discussion (Bringle, Broerse, Van Lange, Bekkers)

12.30 Lunch break

13.30 “International examples of Science Shops, taken from the H2020 ‘Inspires’ Research Programme”, by prof.dr. Marjolein Zweekhorst, Professor of Innovation and Education in the Health and Life Sciences

14.00 “CSL-programs in India and Australia, what can we learn from their experiences, by prof.dr. Hans Akkermans, founding Director of the VU Network Institute.

14.30 “Aspects of Internationalization of Community Service Learning”, by prof.dr. Robert G. Bringle

15.00 Coffee/tea break

15.30 “International Collaboration in the Aurora Network and other international research consortia” (representatives of the Aurora and Europe Engage networks).

16.00 Panel discussion

16.30 Closing words by René Bekkers

16.40 Drinks and appetizers

Registering is possible by clicking this link and filling in the registration-form.

If you received a confirmation as a result of your registration, you are assured of a spot.
No costs will be charged for this event, however there will be charged €50,- for a no-show (without cancellation).