European Association for Service-Learning in Higher Education
We are happy to announce the official establishment of a European Association for Service-Learning in Higher Education (EASLHE)!
The goal of the Association is to promote service-learning in higher education in Europe and to foster scholarly activities related to it. These include but are not limited to the following activities:
- to disseminate information and knowledge about service-learning
- to foster and develop training activities and resources
- to establish links between local, transnational and global networks
- to organize meetings, exchanges, seminars, conferences, congresses and other events, alone and/or with groupings pursuing the same objective
- to advocate service-learning development in higher-education institutions
- to contribute to the development of policy recommendations and initiatives
- to support individuals and institutions in developing service-learning projects
- to conduct and encourage research and scientific publications on service-learning
- to raise funds, receive legacies and donations to realize the goals of the association
Every member of the association automatically becomes a member of the General Assembly. The General Assembly elects the President of the Association and the members of the General Meeting (in total max. 21 persons). They will serve for a period of four years.
The election for the first General Meeting and President for the Association will take place in Antwerp, on Saturday 21 September 2019 at the occasion of the 2nd European Conference of Service-Learning in Higher Education. Read more about the election procedure here.
- To subscribe as a member, please fill out the subscription form below. The membership fee for 2019 is 5 euros.
- Candidates for President of the Association can submit their candidature by sending an email with a short CV to Maaike Mottart (deadline 31 August 2019, 18.00h)
- Candidates for a mandate as Member in the General Meeting can submit their candidature by sending an email with a short CV to Maaike Mottart (deadline Friday 20 September 2019, 18.00h)
The General Assembly is the meeting of all the members of the Association. It will be held on Saturday 21 September 2019, 11.00-13.00h.
- election of the President and the Members of the General Meeting
- matters of practical organization of the Association and the European Observatory
- brainstorming about new initiatives
- information about the next conference
The President is the chair of the Association and of the Board of Directors and General Meeting
The President is elected for a term of four (4) years, and can be reappointed for one consecutive term of office. He or she exercises his/her mandate without remuneration.
Nominations for the election of the President should be sent to Maaike Mottart before 31 August 2019, 18.00h. The committee taking care of the elections ensures that there is at least one nomination by that date.
On 21 September 2019 each member of the Association participating in the General Assembly shall indicate from a list of candidates its choice for nomination. The candidate having received the highest number of votes shall be nominated as President.
The General Meeting is composed of a maximum of twenty-one (21) Members (also called ‘Working Members’) including the President of the Association.
Several powers exclusively belong to the General Meeting: e.g. the modification of the articles of association, the appointment and dismissal of the directors, granting discharge to the directors and the auditor.
The General Meeting chooses from among its members the Board Members of the Association: in addition to the President of the Association, these are: the Vice-President, the Secretary, the Assistant-Secretary and the Treasurer (five persons in total). They are appointed for a term of four (4) years. They can be re-elected for one consecutive term of office and they exercise their mandate without remuneration.
Candidates for a mandate as Member of the General Meeting shall submit their candidature to Maaike Mottart before Friday 20 September 2019, 18.00h.
On Saturday 21 September 2019 each member of the Association participating in the General Assembly shall indicate from a list of candidates its choice for nomination of maximum 20 Members of the General Meeting. Those who receive the highest numbers of votes shall be nominated, provided that the General Meeting shall include no more than two members (including, for the avoidance of doubt, the President) of the same nationality. Nationality shall not be defined in terms of the personal nationality of such candidate, but in terms of the nationality of the higher education institution such person is affiliated to.
After the counting of the votes, the results of the election of the President and the General Meeting will be announced and the Association will be in their hands.
I am very excited to announce that the European Association of Service-Learning in Higher Education (EASHLE) is a reality. I believe that having a strong structure will facilitate the promotion of service-learning across Europe and the collaboration among its members.
I have been actively involved in the creation of a European network since 2013, when the Europe Engage project was designed. Now, at a time when national networks are being created, and when more and more teachers and institutions are committed with service-learning as a social and pedagogical approach, we need to get together in order to make it visible.
A lot has been done, but there is much work ahead of us. We need to keep working on issues such as collaboration with public administrations and decision makers, policy at the European and national levels, support local and national networks, and fundraising to ensure the sustainability of the association, among others.
The association is the sum of combined efforts of many people and entities. And now it comes the time to celebrate it together!
Representatives of the General Meeting
- Cinzia Albanesi (University of Bologna, Italy)
- Joana Padrão Almeida (Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, Portugal)
- Carlos Ballesteros
- Mark Charlton (De Montfort University, Leicester, UK) (twitter: @TheNewStatsman)
- Irene Culcasi (Lumsa University, Rome, Italy)
- Bojana Culum (University of Rijeka, Croatia)
- Alžbeta Brozmanová Gregorová (Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia)
- Wim Haan (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
- Rolf Laven (Academy of Fine arts and Univ. of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria) (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolf_Laven)
- Lucas Meijs (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands)
- Maaike Mottart (KU Leuven, Belgium)
- Nives Mikelić Preradović (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
- Alina S. Rusu (Babes-Boyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
- Thomas Sporer (Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany)
- Nicolas Standaert (KU Leuven, Belgium)
- Wolfgang Stark (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
- Patricia Zunszain (King’s College London, UK)
- Marjolein Zweekhorst (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
- Gabriel Dima (Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania)
Read more about the election procedure.