The 12th PASCAL International Conference: Connecting Cities and Universities at Strategic Frontiers was held in Italy and recently hosted by the Department of Educational Sciences, University of Catania ,Sicily. One of the key issues discussed at the conference was engaging communities and universities in the public good. Professor Chris Duke and Professor Hall summed them up the university-community engagement as follows:
· The centrality of values-driven/values-based decision making. Universities should not just focus on technical fixes.
· Our universities and the Higher Education system require radical transformation. Universities no longer have intellectual control of knowledge. We need to rethink who is the learner, who is the knower and who is the community member.
· With transformational change community-university engagement should be a first mission.
Further details are available on the PASCAL website