Civic and Community Engagement
Civic and community engagement is broader than the design of programmes of education and research. It is to do with the impact that higher education institutions have in their communities, as significant local institutions, employers, engines for economic growth and centres of political, social and cultural capital. Civic and community engagement is not an ‘add-on project’, but an attitude to strategic activity.
THEA’s member institutions develop engagements that support cultural development in the region, through a range of extracurricular and non-educational activities; through particular outcomes of educational programmes, including, for example, in the arts; and through specific knowledge-based collaborations between the institutions and their wider
THEA is also supportive of, and the majority of its members are signatories to the Charter for Civic and Community Engagement, developed under the auspices of Campus Engage Ireland. The Charter is designed to capture some of the basic principles and the underlying purpose of engagement with wider society, and is a sign of the institutions’ commitment to build on what has been achieved to date, and place Ireland at the fore internationally in terms of promoting civic and community engagement in higher education.