Talloires Network
Leaders Conference
Live Engagement, Transform Lives

December 2–4
Cape Town
South Africa


Who can attend?

  • All heads of Talloires Network members institutions
  • Senior leaders designated by Talloires Network vice-chancellors, presidents, and rectors who are unable to attend
  • Student leaders, specialists, and community partners invited by the Talloires Network Secretariat

If you have questions about whether you are eligible to participate, please contact the Talloires Nework Secretariat.

What will TNLC 2014 accomplish?
A key goal of TNLC 2014 is to chart the next stage of the global movement of higher education civic engagement and social responsibility and to build support for it.  The conference aims to strengthen the work of participating universities, to elevate public support for our global movement, to develop joint projects, and advance TN programs.

What will conference participants gain by attending?
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Exchange about their experiences and plans
  • Forge new working relationships
  • Receive public recognition
  • Interact with funders
  • Identify additional ways to support each other’s work
  • Plan joint projects
  • Develop priorities for collective action

What will be the role of students?
For the first time at a TN global leaders conference, a group of university student leaders will participate in the entire conference, contributing their visions and experience. In addition, they will share their perspectives on university civic engagement and the social responsibility movement during a plenary session.

How can participants share their experiences and plans with others at the conference?
They are encouraged to do so by:

  • Participating in interactive small group sessions
  • Organizing, or participating in, a pre-conference working group on topics of special interest
  • Posting information on the TNLC 2014 website
  • Contributing to articles prepared by the conference media partner for international dissemination

How can participants contribute to the conference program?
Registered participants are welcome to submit a breakout session proposal. Breakout sessions will be 90-minutes in length. We encourage conference participants to organize interactive and dynamic sessions that reflect the geographic diversity of of the Network. Each session will need to fit in one of the five tracks. Breakout session proposals are due September 1, 2014. To submit a proposal, download the TNLC 2014 Session Proposal Form, complete the form, and forward it as an attachment to talloiresnetwork@tufts.edu.

Why is the conference being held in Cape Town?
The TN Steering Committee selected Cape Town in order to support and highlight the vital role of institutions of higher education in the Global South.  South Africa is a highly appropriate setting because South African universities are contributing so powerfully to social and economic development.  We are delighted that TNLC 2014 is being co-sponsored by the South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum, a dynamic coalition of 24 public and private universities from across the country.  And we are pleased that the conference is being hosted by the Cape Higher Education Consortium whose four member institutions —  Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, and University of the Western Cape — run impressive civic engagement and social responsibility programs.

What is the role of the partner networks and organizations?
Our global movement is accelerating due to the forceful leadership of a growing number of national, regional and international organizations committed to university civic engagement and social responsibility in all parts of the world.  TNLC 2014 aims to reinforce the efforts of these partner groups,  each of which collaborates actively with the Talloires Network on an ongoing basis.  In addition to playing a major role in shaping the conference, several of them will convene meetings of their networks at TNLC 2014.

Is there a conference hashtag for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram?
Yes, we ask all attendees to communicate about the conference by using #tnlc2014!