National forum on university-community engagement

Date: 11/07/2002

The University of Western Sydney will hold a one-day national forum on University and Community Engagement, Tuesday, September 3, 2002 at the Carlton Hotel, Parramatta, NSW.

UWS Chancellor, Mr John Phillips AM, will officially welcome participants and the Hon. Kim Yeadon MP, Minister for Western Sydney, will officially open the forum.

Hosted by the Office of Regional Development, this forum will provide an opportunity to understand and explore ways in which communities might be involved in the life of universities, according to Regional Development Manager, Jan Temple.

"This forum is extremely relevant, especially as there is a growing preoccupation with the involvement of universities in their regions and their roles as catalysts and contributors to the well-being and economic vitality of communities," says Jan Temple.

"Successful case studies of university-community engagement both nationally and internationally will be highlighted through forum presentations, case studies and workshops.

"This will be an excellent opportunity to share experiences, gain knowledge and develop new ideas for sustainable university - community engagement."

Dr Barbara Holland, Senior Scholar at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Director of the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse will be keynote speaker at the Forum. Dr Holland will discuss 'University commitment to community engagement'.

For more information about the forum or to register, please contact the forum coordinator Noeleen Alden on 02 4620 3612, email or visit the forum website at

WHEN:Tuesday, September 3, 2002

TIME:9am to 5pm

WHERE:Carlton Hotel Parramatta (Harrisford Room)350 Church Street, Parramatta, NSW, Australia


Media contact: Suzie Vlaming, 9678 7429, 0414 308 701, email