DIT Community Links in Madrid to receive the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship


Receiving Prize – from left to right
Tony Cook - President of the MacJannet Foundation
Larry S. Bacow - President, Tufts University
Catherine Bates  - Coordinator, DIT’s Programme for Students Learning With Communitites
Helen McMahon – DIT Student Spatial Planning
Tommy Cooke – Head of DIT Community Links
Robert Hollister - Dean, Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University

The DIT Community Links Programme was honoured to be selected as one of eight winners of the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship.  The third-place prize, awarded by the Taillories Network, an international association of third-level institutions committed to championing civic engagement in higher education, is granted on the basis of high achievement across the following six areas: Student Leadership, University Support, Community Partnership and Involvement, Demonstrated Positive Impact on Community, Demonstrated Positive Impact on Participating Students, and Long-Term Sustainability.  There are over 200 universities in the Talloires Network, and the network reaches over 6 million students worldwide. The Network is supported by Walmart Foundation, Mastercard Foundation, Pearson Foundation, and Santander Bank.


Closing Ceremony – from left to right
Prince Philipe - His Royal Highness the Prince of Asturias
Mark Gearan – Incoming President Talloires Network
Jose María Sanz Martínez - Rector, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Ángel Gabilondo – Spanish Minister of Education
Alan D. Solomont - U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra

The presentation of the prizes was held during the Talloires Network Presidents’ Conference at a function in Santander City in Madrid and was accepted by all presidents and delegates including two staff members, Prof. Tommy Cooke and Dr. Catherine Bates from Community Links, and a student representative Helen Mc Mahon from DIT who attended.

The conference itself was held at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and was attended by 200 presidents worldwide. The chairman of the Santander Bank opened the conference and it was ceremoniously closed by Prince Philipe of Spain, the US Ambassador to Spain, the Spanish Minister of Education and the President from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Congratulations to all students and staff involved in the Community Links Programme for earning this prestigious and notable designation.

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