SIL at TNLC 2014

From 30th November 2014 to 4th December 2014, the Social Innovation Lab (SIL) Team, represented by Maryam Mohiuddin and Nabeel Siraj got an opportunity to visit Stellenbosch, South Africa for the Talloires Network Leaders Conference (TNLC) 2014.

The TNLC conference is a convention of leaders from universities around the world to chart the next stage of the global movement for higher education, civic engagement and social responsibility. It provides a platform for global leaders to share experiences, identify ways to support each other’s work and develop priorities for collective action. In this crucial era, in which the growing global movement of universities seeks to advance beyond the ivory tower paradigm, TNLC highlights and reinforces the leadership of national, regional and international networks that are advancing university-community partnerships on all continents. The themes in the conference included: Perspectives from the Global South — highlighting knowledge and successful strategies developed by universities in the Global South; Youth Employment — elevating the role of universities in addressing the world-wide youth employment crisis; and Economic Development — discussing how higher education institutions contribute to economic development in all geographic contexts.

The Social Innovation Lab presented its model to the convention, giving a presentation on its social enterprise incubator, The Hatchery. Special emphasis was placed on community partnership, civil engagements and youth engagement towards entrepreneurship.The model was applauded by the members of the conference.

Members from YEPI (Youth Economic Participation Initiative) were also present at the event. YEPI works to catalyze change in the way universities across the globe prepare students for economic life after graduation. The organization selects 8 universities from different continents as recipients of YEPI demonstration grants which cover a period of three years and allow the recipient university program to deepen its impact, expand its initiatives and invest greater resources into learning and measurement. Apart from LUMS, other YEPI partners include Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico), Universidad Austral (Chile), University of Zimbabwe, University of Cape Town (South Africa), University of Rwanda, National University of Malaysia and International Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering — 2iE (Burkina Faso).

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