2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Oration ‘Advancing Teaching and Research and Improving the Quality of Life through University-Community Engagement: A View from the United States’.
To be presented by the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Orator for 2014, Dr Ira Harkavy, the Associate Vice-President and founding Director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr Harkavy is the recipient of the University of Pennsylvania's Alumni Award of Merit and a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant.
Through the work of Dr Harkavy and the Netter Center, the University of Pennsylvania received the Presidential Award in Higher Education Community Service in 2008 and 2012. This award is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community service in the United States of America.
Dr Harkavy received his BA, MA and PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania.
In his Oration, Dr Harkavy will highlight the growing role of universities in our communities, having been identified as the most influential institution in advanced societies in the twenty-first century.
Dr Harkavy will discuss the developing Global University-Community Engagement Movement and the obstacles it faces to realise its potential to advance research, teaching and learning and improve the quality of life for all.