• The Engagement Australia Visiting Scholar and Experts Program is an important mechanism to foster knowledge acquisition and exchange

Welcome to Engagement Australia

Engagement Australia is committed to leading, developing and promoting an integrated approach to university-community engagement within and between the higher education, private, public and community-based sectors.

Engagement is both multifaceted and multidimensional and incorporates an array of integrated activities that provide value or benefit for all involved. From a higher education perspective for example, university-community engagement activities can significantly enrich a students’ learning experience while contributing to the greater good of the broader community.

Engagement Australia is focused on leading the growth of university-community engagement knowledge and understanding in Australia. We support our members in developing their ‘engagement’ capacity by accessing our Professional Learning Programs and Academic Resources which promote both the scholarship and the practice of university-community engagement.

Engagement Australia is promoting a common view of “engagement” as … ‘the cultivation of relationships that lead to productive partnerships which yield mutually beneficial outcomes to universities and their partners through the application and utilisation of university resources including staff, students, infrastructure and knowledge and across the breadth of university activities including Research, Education and Service.’

Professor Pierre Viljoen, Chair, Engagement Australia

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Lorraine McIlrath Director, Community Knowledge Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway was keynote speaker at the 2012 Engagement Australia Next Steps conference.